Art is no fringe attached to the garment, and no amusement that is added to life, but a most serious power in our present existence.
Abraham Kuyper


Helmantel, Henk - by Hans van Seventer


Painter of still lives and church interiors
Interview by Hans van Seventer
As published in the book: Henk Helmantel, published in 2000 by ArtRevisited (
"Once when a group came to visit a woman said to me: "Sir, I can't take this; this has entirely nothing to do with reality. You portray a world which does not exist, and I cannot stand it." We had quite a conversation about it. I told her that there are all sorts of people in the world, each with their own task. I see it as my task to practise my profession in my own way. That in turn is a part of reality as a whole. What I portray is not divorced from reality but contained in it. Alongside war there is also peace, alongside tiredness there is energy for living, next to misery there is pleasure, and so on; life as well as death. I am someone who tries to evoke a world of harmony, that which makes people feel good and which can be of benefit to them in difficult circumstances.