That very night in Max’s room a forest grew…

Gijs Frieling



This book presents 10 visual essays of commission murals by Gijs Frieling, photographed by Johannes Schwartz.
Also included are conversations with the patrons who entrusted Frieling to conceptualize and execute his fervent and dreamy visual scapes in their private spaces.

“Gijs Frieling is a standard-bearer for ornament and decoration and he embraces exuberance.
His representations are not minimal but maximal, as full as can be, and there’s always room for an extra flower.
Gijs couldn’t care less about the concepts of novelty and originality; on the contrary, he wants to work as unadventurously and predictably as possible. His paintings are jam-packed with repetition and he often falls back on the same elements. Also, he copies to his heart’s delight – his own work and that of others, in versions that are painted (on glass) or embroidered (by his mother) and the distinction between the copy and the original doesn’t interest him in the slightest. Moreover, his work is not critical but it is pleasing, it is incredibly beautiful, and on top of this he is a Christian.”

Ills colour, Paperback 
Edition of 1000

21 x 29cm
174 pages