the value of art

Authenticity

The paintings have never left the Stoever Family since the death of Felix. Hence there is no doubt that the paintings are authentic Felix Stoever paintings.

Condition

It is extraordinary to see the paintings in reality and to stand in front of them. One can hardly believe that the paintings travelled the world and are still in such good condition. Though they also show some signs of decay here and there, where e.g. some color has come off the cloth, the images and strokes are still very visible and under dark light, one does not notice any decay at all.

That said, it is clear that fluorescent colors only last for about 100-200 years if not conserved.

Rarity

The fluorescent paintings by Felix Stoever are 1:1. No copies exist.

Provenence

Felix never wanted to sell any paintings. Even though he received a lot of offers during his shows and festivals, he never sold any paintings. This means that most of the paintings were in the Family home when he died. Only the paintings that were stolen, are now lost.

Historical Importance

Felix’s paintings are of significant historical importance in the context of music visuals and festival decoration. As Felix was one of the most booked decorative artist in the world during the 1990s, he extended the decorative art into a realm of spirituality. Interestingly Felix was pulled into the trance and goa scene by the music that he loved. Though that scene was only very small at the time, today Goa, Trance and transcendental music belongs to the largest music scene in the world. E.g the Tomorrowland festival has 400.000 visitors.

Size

The paintings vary in size between 1×1 Meter and 3x3meters. The paintings had to be large in order for them to be well visible during the festivals, where they would usually hang high above in the trees.

Subject Matter

This is the strongest point of Felix’s paintings as he was able to take his scientific knowledge of physics and combine it with a spiritual understanding. Most of his paintings had a deep spiritual meaning. They also related to life in general. This was so because Felix suffered from a cancer, a brain tumor from the age of 29 to his death when he was 39 in 2010. The pain he had to endure can be felt in his paintings but also the joy of life (“green eth series”) when he was shortly relieved from the tumor for about 4 years. During those 10 years he created a visualisation of life in general and its deeper truth which the observer will only realize after some time given the detail of the large sized paintings.

Medium

Felix loved music but because he was not a good enough DJ nor musician but an excellent painter, he chose to draw paintings that would enrich the music that he loved. Felix chose the “painting” as his medium in order to share his vision of reality.

Quality

One needs to take a very close look at the paintings to understand their quality. For example the stroke of his paint brush when he painted the “flying leaves” on the “Gnome” painting. Given the size of the painting, the complexities of imagery and colors, any “mistake” would have had catastrophic consequences. But he hardly made any mistakes – and he made no mistake on the “Gnome” by far his most famous painting. Further, he used “dots” in some cases to add texture to certain images, an incredibly laborious work. Yet every dot is perfectly in line with the other dots which speaks of his incredible discipline.