Acrylics, ink and paint markers on canvas board
Dimensions: 80cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) / 31.5" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 0.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
de/construction_222 is an acrylics, ink and paint markers painting on canvas board. It continues my series of abstract paintings inspired by architectural constructions. It takes architecture apart - deconstructing the structure - in its various elements. Contrasting an organic background, somewhat reminiscent of clouds or blank concrete, with geometric shapes, a tension is created. Still, the different elements are carefully composed to create a harmoneous overall image, in part also balanced by the strong box shape in the centre that works as a foundation for the image. Overall, the painting combines contemporary painting styles with graphical design elements to convey the different aspects of architecture in its natural environment: a technical element in organic space.
Hometown: Sankt Augustin
Based in: Sankt Augustin
I am a Dutch artist creating contemporary art. For 30 years, I have been exploring various creative areas. In the mid eighties, I started painting, taking lessons from the well-known Dutch artist Jan de Kok. He introduced me to painting with tempera to create numerous vibrant and multilayered paintings. Simultaneously, I worked as a digital illustrator, designing infographics for educational software.
In the first half of the nineties, I studied art history and aided in the creation of corporate identities that included everything from paper material to art objects and clothing, and occasionally did some photography for commercial projects. Furthermore, my work was showcased in several exhibitions in the Netherlands.
Over the years, I have altered and refined my style. Constructivist and Bauhaus artists have greatly impressed me. This was certainly promoted by to the several years I spent at the Bauhaus in Weimar, where I worked at the Faculty of Architecture and was daily infused with a healthy dose of art and architecture.
Nowadays, my art pieces are inspired by Nordic and Japanese design by fusing and contrasting different design elements and art materials. I blend sumi-e ink, acrylic paint, acrylic paint markers and fine liners to create a synthesis between painting and drawing styles. I contrast the fluidity and vibrancy of painting with the clarity and almost technical nature of drawing and graphics design. This hybrid is not only evident in the contrast between styles, but also the compositions of the various pictorial elements, from organic shapes to basic geometric and architectural elements.
I am grateful that meanwhile, my artwork can be found in Europe, USA and Canada in private collections and corporate buildings.
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