Dilirium | Jack Bell Gallery | London | 2019
Jack Bell Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by contemporary artist Raquel
van Haver. The artist refers to her work as ‘loud’ paintings that sympathetically portray people on
the fringes of society. This will be the artist’s fourth show with the gallery.
Van Haver works on burlap, often combining oil paint, charcoal, resin, hair, paper, tar and ash in
heavily textured compositions. The paintings explore race and identity, drawing from African,
Western, Caribbean and Latin American cultures within her community in the South-East of
Amsterdam, Netherlands. More recently she has spent long periods abroad gathering source
material in both West Africa and South America. The works are often monumental in scale, at
times dark and ominous and continue to negotiate boundaries between social hierarchies.
Text and credits for images Courtesy Jack Bell Gallery, London.