A lot like Love.

 

 

Lili and Jesko in their basement studio in Hamburg © Nalovi-Willert 2013
Lili and Jesko in their basement studio in Hamburg © Nalovi-Willert 2013 All Rights Reserved Photo by Bettina Lewin

I came upon Lili and Jesko by accident, although like their purposed work, I sometimes wonder if fate sought me out. Really, I sometimes wonder if fate sought them out. As an artistic pair, they are specially matched. Charming, attractive, and graceful indeed, but with an unusual talent that seems supercharged when they are  in close proximity with one another. I happened upon a picture of a room in their home- stunning and delicate- with hand painted canvas walls and magnificent molding framing a beautiful blue-skirted light fixture that hung from the ceiling; canvas hung against canvas- a perfect contrast against softly painted nautical scenes with  sublime shades of color. I labeled it “the impossible” for most of us, knowing that the artists who crafted it must have had a brilliant and uncanny talent and vision. Later, and much to my surprise, I received a note from Lili and Jesko, asking if I was on facebook. We struck up a conversation- one that hasn’t ended and has led to an online friendship – and I’ve since learned about the full spectrum of their amazing work. To add compliment to accolade, they are sweet and unassuming, down-to-earth, and intent on creating positive social effects through their work.

The original post pic upon which I discovered Lili and Jesko's Work © Nalovi-Willert 2013

The original post pic upon which I discovered Lili and Jesko's Work © Nalovi-Willert 2013 All Rights Reserved.

The charming duo, a couple from Hamburg, Germany, have studied alongside masters. Together in Florence, Italy they studied decorative Italian painting techniques under Stefano Ficalbi. Lili spent several years working with the French sculptor Bruno Maillard and was a carpenter’s apprentice. She studied Industrial Design at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg and has freelanced, using a multitute of  techniques; as designer, portrait and decorative painter, object artist, functional object artist (furniture, lamps, paravents and frames), and wallpaper artist (Japanese rice paper). Jesko studied under painter Jorg Kalkreuter in Hamburg and has studied Graphic Design, Fine Arts and Painting. He too has freelanced and has specialized in mosaic art. He has a particular fondness for boats, the sea and nautical themes. It makes sense then that their abode, which also houses their studio, is a beautiful and soulfully decorated home; it is one which has received quite a bit of media attention, having appeared in several magazines including Elle Decor. I asked them if their design decisions were truly “mood and art” based,  and further, if they ever had to sacrifice art for practicality. Jesko said their decisions were almost entirely based on mood and art, and “it was a pleasure for them to find practical solutions that just happened to work out artistically.”
At home-Hamburg Elegance Netherland Magazine "Bohemian Glamour" 2012

At home in the Living Room-Hamburg- Elegance Netherland Magazine “Bohemian Glamour” © 2012 
At home-Hamburg Elegance Netherland Magazine "Bohemian Glamour" 2012

At home-Hamburg- Elegance Netherland Magazine "Bohemian Glamour" © 2012

 

At home in the Bedroom -Hamburg Elegance Netherland Magazine "Bohemian Glamour" © 2012

At home in the Bedroom -Hamburg- Elegance Netherland Magazine "Bohemian Glamour" © 2012

Their professional training reads beautifully, but it is their prominent installations, diverse in chosen mediums, landscapes and atmospheres -that seem to have such grand effects on people. (oh-and no worries—we will explore their house further.) Lili and Jesko primarily consider themselves mood and atmosphere artists, often utilizing their object art and paintings to radically convert an environment. They take a space, such as an abandoned room, building or outdoor area and literally transform it into something new.

Baurs Park- Old Town Hall in Hamburg BEFORE Nalovi-Willert Installation

Baurs Park- Old Town Hall in Hamburg BEFORE Nalovi-Willert Installation

The idea at Baurs Park was to create the mood of a Burmese Temple, with the ambiance of ‘Old Asia’, AFTERS:

"Katharinenhof" 2005 by Navoli-Willert

Exotica in Baurs Park "Katharinenhof" 2005 by Nalovi-Willert © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Art Tea Shop", 2005

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Art Tea Shop" 2005 All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Nalovi-Willert

Baurs Park- Environment Shanghai Moon Bar, 2005 All Rights Reserved  2013 Nalovi-Willert

Exotica in Baurs Park- "Environment Shanghai Moon Bar", 2005 All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Nalovi-Willert

 

Baurs Park- "Environment Shanghai Moon Bar", 2005 All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Nalovi-Willert

Exotica in Baurs Park- "Environment Shanghai Moon Bar", 2005 All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Nalovi-Willert

 

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Intha Fisherboat 4" 2005

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Intha Fisherboat 4" 2005 by Nalovi-Willert © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Environment Young Couple Mandalay, 2005

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Young Couple Mandalay" 2005 by Nalovi-Willert © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Exotica in Baurs Park, Environment Unloading Sand  Mandalay Bay, 2005 All Rights Reserved 2013

Exotica in Baurs Park, Environment Unloading Sand Mandalay Bay, 2005 All Rights Reserved by Nalovi-Willert © 2013

Environment Monk, Military, Princess, 2005

Exotica in Baurs Park "Environment Monk, Military, Princess", 2005 by Nalovi-Willert © 2013 All Rights Reserved

For the regular person, it goes  something like this. Jesko and Lili decide to have a showing, or an exhibition of their latest paintings and object art. But an inherent part of their art is in the display. So instead of showing canvas after canvas neatly hung on bare wall, or pieces displayed behind velvet rope, they create the perfect “mood” environments to showcase them in. In a sense, they enhance the already enigmatic aspects of the work. Oftentimes, as Jesko said, they let the environment influence them, but other times, they have something specific in mind. Usually, it is a bit of both elements that determine the final tone of the installation. Sometimes they do it in old buildings. Other times they have open air environments. Many times, they use their own studio as an ever changing “art tea shop” to display their finery.

Note: The first several pictures here are an installation done in an abandoned section of an 100 year old hospital, now called the  “WASSERTURMPALAIS”

Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 (3)

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert  All Rights Reserved 2013

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

 

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert  All Rights Reserved 2013

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

 

Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011

WASSERTURMPALAIS Moods, Environments, Paintings 2011 © by Nalovi-Willert All Rights Reserved 2013

Instead of guiding you further with commentary, I will allow a stream of pictures to lead the way- all come from their home, however, many of them are from their studio and exhibition rooms, called the “Bel Étage”.  Many photos were taken during actual installations or “tea shop” exhibits, whereby invited guests “immerse themselves in the constantly changing synthesis of the arts.” Other photos were taken from their many featured magazine posts. Notice the dates–I am starting from many years ago and moving forward. You may notice changing aspects of rooms and moving paintings or pieces. Keep in mind that most of what you see in their homes is truly of their own fabrication or manipulation. It is really inspiring to watch how they work!

Nalovi-Willert Home/Atelier--2007 Brigette Germany Magazine, Photo by Birgit Klemt

Nalovi-Willert Home/Atelier--2007 Brigette Germany Magazine, Photo by Birgit Klemt

Wow!!!  My beloved silk hanging fixture—-was once deep burgundy!!!!!!!!Nalovi-Willert Home--2008 Bel Étage Atelier Hamburg All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home--2008 Bel Étage Atelier Hamburg All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 (note the hand-painted rice paper wall coverings)

Nalovi-Willert Home--2008 Bel Étage Atelier Hamburg All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home--2008 Bel Étage Atelier Hamburg All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

2009 Art Tea Shop Bel Étage

Nalovi-Willert Home---2009 Art Tea Shop Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

ART TEA SHOP BEL ÉTAGE 2

Nalovi-Willert Home---2009 Art Tea Shop Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

2009 ART TEA SHOP BEL ÉTAGE

2009 ART TEA SHOP BEL ÉTAGE, All Rights Reserved Nalovi-Willert Copyright 2013

2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home
2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Myself Germany Magazine, Photo by Mark Seelen, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 ART TEA SHOP in der Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 Elle Interior Magazine Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 Elle Interior Mag. Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

Nalovi-Willert Home---2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

Nalovi-Willert Home, 2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

2010 Elle Interior Norway, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage

Nalovi-Willert Home-- 2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

Nalovi-Willert Home-- 2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home-- 2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

Nalovi-Willert Home-- 2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Nalovi-Willert Home-- 2011 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

 

2011 D-Casa Italy Magazine, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

2011 D-Casa Italy Magazine, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

2011 Elle Decor India, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

2011 Elle Decor India, Photo by Christian Schaulin, Nalovi-Willert Home

 

 

2011 Espaces Seduction French Switzerland, Photo by Christian Schaulin

2011 Espaces Seduction Magazine French Switzerland, Photo by Christian Schaulin

 

2011 Vart Nya Hem Sweden Magazine, Photo by Christian Schaulin of Nalovi-Willert Home

2011 Vart Nya Hem Sweden Magazine, Photo by Christian Schaulin of Nalovi-Willert Home

 

 

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

 

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

 

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

2012 ART TEA SHOP Bel Étage Hamburg, All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Nalovi-Willert

 

I would be remiss not to mention their extensive travels. After all- their inspirations- and glorious painting and themes often come from their traveling. Having said that, I will share a few pictures of the couple on their recent trip to Lamu Island in Kenya, where they graciously gifted schoolchildren and orphans with the gift of painting! How magical it must have been to watch them sail with their own hand painted canvas!!

Schoolkids of Shela Primary School Are Sailing with their Own Painted Dhow Sail, Lamu, 2012

Schoolkids of Shela Primary School Are Sailing with their Own Painted Dhow Sail, Lamu, 2012 All Rights Reserved Nalovi-Willert Copyright 2013

 

Schoolkids of Shela Primary School Are Sailing with their Own Painted Dhow Sail, Lamu, 2012

Schoolkids of Shela Primary School Are Sailing with their Own Painted Dhow Sail, Lamu, 2012 All Rights Reserved Nalovi-Willert Copyright 2013

 

Action Painting Anidan Orphanage Lamu, 2012 All Rights Reserved Nalovi-Willert, Copyright 2013

Action Painting Anidan Orphanage Lamu, 2012 All Rights Reserved Nalovi-Willert, Copyright 2013

Next on the agenda?? Taking the ACTION PAINTING PROJECT, which was introduced very successfully in Lamu, to India. They will be traveling with a group of very special people; including doctors who volunteer their time at a pediatric hospital operating on the cleft palates of children. Lili and Jesko will be working with several local schools, including one for handicapped children. They plan to do just what they did in Lamu, although it will be interesting to see what neat new expressions and experiences come about from the Indian school children. What an amazing job!!! As an artist- to spread the joy of art and painting with young children, allowing them to freely express themselves and open up to the joy that creative expression can bring.

 

    Brilliant, Colorful, Talented and Kind!  I Can’t Wait to Watch  

          What and Who You Two Transform in the Future!!!!

Jesko and Lili at Exotica in Baurs Park 2005 All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

Jesko and Lili at Exotica in Baurs Park 2005 All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013

         you’ve already got me!    XOXO, Adrienne

 

Please note that all of Nalovi/Willert images are protected works of art. Please consult with them before sharing.

You can find more of Lili and Jesko on their webpage at: http://www.nalovi-willert.de

And also on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lili-Nalovi-Jesko-Willert

 

 

 

 
 

 

 


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One Response to Optic Poetry: The Colorful World of Artists Lili Nalovi and Jesko Willert

  1. Virginia says:

    The way they put all the colors together is magic.
    It feels like they are two fairies ,
    love it .

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