A Modest Poet
Sef’s comprehensive vanitas still life, created when he was 67, was a way of taking stock of more than forty years of artistic practice. The exhibition was tinged with a little pain and sadness because Sef was a modest poet. Following his flying start in the second half of the 1970s, with performances and installation in the Netherlands and Germany, fame and success passed him by. But there was no disappointment, let alone bitterness. He had always attempted to focus on the bigger picture, beyond his own achievements.