Artist Statement

 

My earliest childhood I’ve spent in the South of  France (Corsica and Monaco), a land where everything was different than in the Netherlands, the country I moved to when I was 8 years old.

For a long time this new surrounding felt like I was loosing my roots in an alien country.

This and the impressive man-made structure of my new homeland appeared to be essential for my artistic calling in my later paintings.

From a birds eye view the Netherlands looks like a painting of Piet Mondrian. The same straight lines one can find in my compositions. Mondrian was initiator of ‘De Stijl’ a movement with radical new ideas of lifestyle based on harmony and unity. It was part of the bigger movement of the Modernism.

Besides the clear abstract formed language of the abstract composition, I am fascinated by the ideas of hope and prosperity resulting from the desire of creating a new order by this movement at the beginning of the 20th century.

The architecture of Bauhaus and ‘De Stijl’ reflects order in a time of chaos.

Nevertheless nowadays the Modernistic buildings have become an icon of everlasting economic growth and since we are aware of the contraints of this development it is often seen in a connotation of hard core capitalism, impudent consumption and gobbling the planet resources.

In my paintings I want to justify their original ideas of progress and malleability.

Same as architects like Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Gerrit Rietveld and Le Corbusier.

I want to emphasize the immaterial aspect of a building by creating open spaces.

In my paintings the images of modern architecture are based on a rhythmical pattern of verticals and horizontals in which an multi coloured labyrinth of spaces and look-throughs is created.

Thin layers of acrylic and oil paint allow the colours underneath to shine through and the transparant layered structure intensifies the depth of the composition.

 

 

Daybreak,2016, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 110Hx150Wx2,5cm