"Keep your love of nature,
for that is the true way to understand art more and more."
Vincent Van Gogh
In this section you will find photographs of original oil
paintings by VAN XILEF. Nothing else needs to be said about VAN
XILEF – his paintings speak for themselves.
Painted over a lifetime in England the paintings reflect his
intense and deep interaction with the Earth. His concern has
always been for Nature and Wildlife Habitat and Forests.
"Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere."
Throughout his life VAN XILEF had many offers from wealthy
collectors and major Art Dealers who wanted to purchase and
promote his paintings. He consistently refused their offers as he
did not intend his paintings to become tradeable value objects or
decorative adornments without achieving an underlying
"He who plants trees
benefits another generation."
After he discovered EQUAL EARTH he recognised and appreciated
the specific philosophy which he had been searching for all his
life. He donated a large number of his paintings to the cause of
EQUAL EARTH on the specific terms that all monies received by
EQUAL EARTH from buyers of VAN XILEF paintings be used - after
deduction of reasonable administrative costs and expenses - for
the acquisition and regeneration of Rainforests and Natural
Wildlife habitat anywhere on the planet Earth.
"The love of liberty is the
love of others; the love of power is the love of
His paintings are displayed on the EQUAL EARTH website under
the main heading PAINTINGS.
ALL VAN XILEF PAINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE BY AUCTION AT A
RESERVE PRICE OF $10 THOUSAND US DOLLARS, €8 THOUSAND EUROS OR £5 THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING EACH. TO MAKE A
BID PLEASE GO TO THE AUCTION PAGE OR CONTACT US.
"Wealth in the form of money is a poor substitute for health and well-being. And health and well-being on a deforested, polluted, desertified, waste-riddled planet - even if possible - would be meaningless. Real wealth is embodied in the ecological health of our planet Earth."
Felix Leisinger, Founder of Equal Earth
All proceeds of sales will be used for the purchase and
regeneration of forests and wildlife habitat.
"To cherish what remains of
the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope
We are not discussing values of creativity, paint or canvas.
There are enough examples of this throughout history.
Ever since a certain Ms. Rothschild found, liked and bought a
Van Gogh painting in a fleamarket in 1905 for five francs people
all over the world have been looking for the big bargain that
would make them millionaires.
In 1905 nobody would have made a single bet that Van Gogh
would not only be remembered in every Encyclopaedia of the world
but also see his paintings sold for millions of dollars and
museums fighting each other to have at least one original.
"A wise man does not
accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he
has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he possesses
of his own. The way of heaven is to benefit others and not to
Lao-Tzu (c. B.C.
VAN XILEF paintings are not about recognition in the context
of ART though they have been acclaimed by Art Experts,
Collectors, Curators and ordinary people as perhaps the most
unique and oustanding paintings of the 20th Century.
"For in the true nature of
things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more
glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."
VAN XILEF's paintings represent a pledge
and deed of action – each buyer knowing that
through the purchase of a VAN XILEF painting he or she has made a
personal commitment to help to save the planet.
"We want the active and
zealous help of every man far-sighted enough to realize the
importance from the standpoint of the nation's welfare in the
future of preserving the forests."
Thus the higher the price paid the greater the deed and the
commitment; the greater the impact we can make to save the
"Trees are the earth's
endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
Each VAN XILEF painting represents a specific token of
gratitude to the bidder from all fellow species.
According to a study by Scientists and Ecological Economists
from Maryland and Cambridge Universities about USD $45 billion
should be spent to conserve natural habitat on land and in the
oceans which would produce a net return in
"services" produced by Nature of
between USD $400 and $520 trillion. Such
"services" from Nature include
storm and flood protection, atmospheric carbon sinks protecting
us from the harmful effects of pollution, reduced harmful street
level ozone proliferation and less greenhouse effect, reduced
atmospheric ozone layer destruction, increased photosynthesis,
less global warming, prevention of ice caps melting etc.; in
short a healthier environment for all life on the planet.
"We have forgotten how to
be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other
Only One Earth,
the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in
EQUAL EARTH HAS THUS PRICED EACH VAN XILEF PAINTING AT A
RESERVE PRICE OF USD $1,2 MILLION OR € 1 MILLION EUROS INVITING ALL
DONORS AND SPONSORS TO BID IN EXCESS OF THE RESERVE PRICE TO MAKE
AS BIG A PLANET SAVING IMPACT AS POSSIBLE.
"Challenges are what make
life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life
To give those who have greater means an opportunity to bid in
excess of the reserve price for VAN XILEF paintings we are
introducing an AUCTION platform where bidding starts in excess of
$1.2 million US dollars or € 1 million Euros for each VAN XILEF
"Without free animal life,
I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen."
The winning bid for each painting will be declared on the
first day of the following month and the successful bidder
informed according to his or her instructions, i.e. via email or
Bidders must deposit the amount of their bid with a recognised
Bank, Law Firm or Accountants who in turn must confirm to us
receipt of the bid money.
No bid can be accepted until such confirmation of deposit has
been received by us.
A bidder may remain completely anonymous before, throughout
and after the auction.
"Healing the relationship
between humans and animals is crucial to restoring the health of
However, any bidder may at any time choose for his or her
identity to be revealed to be commemorated in our GALLERY OF
"In nature there are
neither rewards not punishments--there are consequences."
Very large bids enabling us to buy an important area of forest
or natural wildlife habitat can be preserved in memory under the
name of the successful bidder or his or her appointed nominee
subject to respective approvals.
"We live in a moment of
history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the
present only when it is already disappearing."
Being awarded the unique privilege to name a forest and
natural wildlife habitat after yourself or a loved one as an
historic accolade to your generosity and foresight in helping to
save the planet for all species will be
remembered as a thoughtful gift for posterity and the ultimate
achievement of human existence.
"You must be the change you
wish to see in the world."
Unsuccessful bids for any particular VAN XILEF painting; i.e.
bids which were topped by someone else will
be allocated to a similar VAN XILEF painting on the same bid
basis so that in effect every bid above the reserve price will be
ultimately successful. If you have a preference for a substitute
painting please state this in the auction bid.
"But prosperity without a
soul is like a corpse whose heart has stopped beating. There is
no life, only consumption."
Anyone who wishes to participate in the bidding should
complete the form below and produce the appropriate evidence in
respect of the full deposit of the bid price paid into their
representative bank, or to their lawyers or accountants.
Alternatively those wishing to remain anonymous may contact us
via their representative or agent on FAX No. 00 34 95 282 07
We are not tax experts but in view of the fact that we
constitute a non-profitmaking philosophy and the only activity
being the preservation of rainforests and natural wildlife
habitat we understand that the amounts spent on any VAN XILEF
paintings purchased by auction are a tax deductible expense. A
bidder must rely on the advice of accountants in this
"They absorb carbon
monoxide and carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. What could be
more desirable? And they look good in the bargain. Stop chopping
down the rain forests and plant more saplings, and we're on our
We certify that all monies received from the AUCTIONS of VAN
XILEF paintings are for the exclusive acquisition and
regeneration of rainforests and natural wildlife habitat
throughout the planet Earth. The transparency of all transactions
are expected to be fully accompanied by the
bidder's lawyers, accountants, surveyors or
other relevant experts.
"Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
TO MAKE A BID PLEASE GO TO THE AUCTION PAGE OR EMAIL OR FAX US
VIA THE CONTACT PAGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL