maria holvoe gouras

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Art allows to relate to and go beyond ourselves. The sky above, the earth below convey vastness and belonging. There is no separation. Everything yearns to be seen, to touch and be touched.

MHG har bott i New York större delen i sitt liv. Hon har en bakgrund som skådespelare och skribent. Det är emellertid i måleriet hon helst vistas. Maria bor sedan 2012 med sin familj i Lund.

MHG has a background as an actor and writer. Returning to Sweden, after nearly thirty years in New York, she discovered out door painting. The experience of driving through raps fields in full bloom hit her like a freight train.  She never tires of painting nature along the Bjäre coast.


Processing the Moment

The process of plein-air painting is 98% seeing and 2 % painting, facilitating a symbiosis between observer and object revealing a reality true of that particular moment.

Jul 22, 2021

On Beauty

“ Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not just in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life.” Agnes Martin

Learn MoreJul 10, 2021

Am I painting landscapes?

Object fixation misses the point as it fails to focus on the energy created by the objects. Do I paint landscapes? What exactly is a “landscape”? I am trying to find out.

Learn MoreMay 29, 2021


What interests me is presence, not particulars. If we shut off the central vision and allow for information to flow, we become active participants in the theatre that surrounds us. Once we abandon classification we can begin to experience.

Apr 03, 2021

On seeing

Seeing is the bridge which connects the viewer with the environment. It is a tool. How we process the information we select, matters. Looking is not the same as seeing. Looking does not imply involvement while the latter does.

Learn MoreJan 30, 2020

Fraction of Truth

Putting the easel out-doors shattered my perspectives and priorities. Nature becomes everything. I cease to exist. The senses merge with the sky, the sea. It is as though the painting paints itself. I have learned to put away these paintings and to leave them alone. The critical mind must be kept away. Once I have forgotten the painting and rediscover it, and find that it is alive, then I am happy.

Learn MoreJan 14, 2020

Kind of Blue

It’s not about the painter. Not about the viewer. Nor about the painting. Rather about that moment when something occurs and these three factors merge.

Learn MoreSep 26, 2019

On Richard Diebenkorn

"I still wrestle with the same issues as I did when I was first introduced to Diebenkorn’s work, but he helped me to learn that these artistic dilemmas are not just equations that you solve and move past. These issues are themselves the pursuit of art. Diebenkorn’s work inspired me beyond myself. When that happens, you cannot help but to believe in art. " Ari Post: "Diebenkorn: All At Once"

Sep 26, 2019

Roos Schuring

"When the Beauty of Nature is the engine to paint, there is nothing else. Fame in painting is something for the dead. Status in painting is all fake. The paintings need to speak for themselves. Honoring the Beauty, by catching a glimpse. It's enough!" Roos Schuring, my absolute favourite landscape painter.

Learn MoreMay 24, 2019

the journey of art

"...Part of the challenge of any outer journey, especially when exalted, is having the courage to know when to cut it short, if only so that the inner journey can – and will – remain alive.." Pico Lyer

Learn MoreMar 08, 2018

when in doubt

when in doubt or need of remembering - listen to the great Maggi Hambling

Learn MoreDec 01, 2017


One of the most important people in my life told me to taste the air. It takes some practice. The first step is to pause.

Learn MoreNov 29, 2017

the sense of belonging

Our relationship with nature is changing. The big question is: Can you yearn for and treasure something you have never known?

Learn MoreNov 23, 2017


During a few minutes there is a window, where night gives way for dawn, when the hues of dark blue reign. There is nothing more beautiful.

Learn MoreNov 17, 2017


Jag kunde sitta i timmar och studera en horisont, skissa och notera färgövergångar. Det ar som om naturen ville visa mig: Det sitter inte i huvudet utan i hjärtat. Naturen är en mästare på känsla. Man måste släppa greppet.

Learn MoreSep 09, 2017


The horizon is a contradiction as it offers the illusion of separation.


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Utställning på Galleri Tyga

Lili Skarby och Maria Holvoe Gouras delar sina perspektiv från Bjäre. Marias tavlor är målade utomhus - plein-air - Lili delar sina intryck av sin omgivning inifrån sett.: " Inifrån och ut.....och utifrån och in."

  • Date: 06/26/2021 01:00 PM - 07/31/2021 04:00 PM
  • Location: Hallavaravägen 145, Båstad, Sweden (Map)
  • More Info: Ta av vid Hov kyrka, galleriet på havssidan strax innan Hallavara by. öppet: onsdag + lördag 14-16 eller ring: 070-8140443 för visning. (upphämtning av köpta verk 7/31 14-15:00 eller enligt överenskommelse)

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