Scully, catalog Spirits of the Soil (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), wood, canvas, oilpaint, painted plastic additions e.g. flowers and caps, sizes vary, each app. 47 x 32.5 x 5 cm. /18.5 x 12.8 x 2 inches, edition 14 (each edition is unique), signed, dated and numbered, 2021

Note: the catalog (40 p, ills color & bw, 23 x 32 cm, pb, English) has been touched in the working process by turpentine, oil paint, etc. It is part of the artwork.

Launch price for the first artworks is (just) € 1000,-. Prices will be raised when editions are sold.

The artwork Scully consists of 14 painted catalogs from her 2018 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. The catalogs are covered with wood and canvas and painted with oil paint on Raquel van Haver's typical way: thick layers of richly hued oil paint with various painted additions like flowers and caps, which together form an image.
Together, the 14 catalogs form the artwork. Yet each section (each edition) can be seen separately as an independent work of art. It evokes memories of e.g. landscapes and the underwater world.
Due to the context of the work, it can be laid down as a painted catalog on the (reading) table or put on a 3-d book stand. The artwork can be hung also on the wall like a painting, although keep in mind that there is no hanging system made on the back of the painting!






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backside of the edition / painting with signature, date and number. This copy is nr 7/14


backside of the edition / painting with signature, date and number. This copy is nr 13/14


Raquel van Haver signing the artworks


Raquel van Haver signing the artworks


Frans Oomen @ the artists' studio


Raquel van Haver
Raquel van Haver’s practice is enlivened by bold and energetic murals of quotidian life. Opening small windows unto scenes of frivolity and family, van Haver resists the notion of voyeurism, curating authentic access into other worlds and spaces. In these dimly lit doorways and crowded rooms, van Haver realizes new and exciting connections and dialogue, igniting glimmers of recognition in her visceral and emotive displays. Her art candidly portrays her intimate circle at their most honest, familiar faces appearing in the comfort of their own homes, local haunts and beloved spots. In their personal anchoring to place and time, van Haver’s paintings delve into an exploration of global connectivity, where migration, cultural history and the ritualistic quality of day-to-day life underpins the unity of human existence.
Working mainly on burlap and combining oil paint with tar, chalk, resin, hair, paper, ash and even telephones, bottle caps and beads to inspire heavily textured compositions, van Haver’s work explores identity, spirituality and urbanism transnationality. Drawing from a myriad of personal encounters within the diasporic community, non-traditional materials become yet another means to tell a narrative and communicate a sense of place and history. Often monumental in scale, what she terms as her “loud paintings” inspire intensely immersive experiences that continue to negotiate the postcolonial discourse around alienation and acceptance.
Her latest series is an investigation of her own heritage, looking at the political repercussions that sit at the intersection of gender and nationality.

Born in 1989 in Bogota, Colombia, Raquel van Haver now lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van Haver graduated from the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, in 2012. More recently she has spent long periods abroad, gathering source material in both West Africa and South America but continues to return to her own diverse community in the South-East of Amsterdam.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Spirits of the Soil’ at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, November 2018 – April 2019. Van Haver’s work has also been exhibited at the Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands; Lagos photo festival, Nigeria and BOZAR Centre for Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium.
Winning the prestigious Dutch Royal Prize for Painting in 2018, Van Haver has gone on to win the Amsterdam award in 2019, both prestigious accomplishments in the Netherlands.
In 2020 she presented her new project ‘Amo a la Reina’ - a solo presentation coinciding with the group show ‘Say It Loud’ at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. She also exhibited works from the series at Breda Photo in Breda and in Museo Bolivariano in Colombia. A documentary made by Bibi Fadlalla was broadcasted on Dutch television in 2020, called ‘The Women of My Country’.
‘Amo a la Reina’ is an extensive research into van Haver’s own heritage and the status of female social leaders in the Colombian regions, forming an in-depth investigation of womanhood more broadly. In her penchant for communication van Havers commented ‘connecting with people in daily life is really important. Something so small can move mountains.