'There's a virus going around. The disease is called COVID_19 and the causative agent is SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus for humans. In December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown origin was observed in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan. The virus was first identified in January. In the months that followed, millions of people worldwide became infected, of whom more than 1.4 million patients died from the effects of the virus. Since March 11, 2020, the outbreak of COVID_19 has been recognized as a pandemic. Social life in a significant part of the world largely came to a standstill.'
It was during this period I started this painting. The process went with fits and starts because of the measures that applied around the Corona policy. It affected everything and everyone, including my living and working environment. My painting naturally moved towards the subject of the pandemic experienced from my world. The canvas became infected with the virus. It manifested itself in the form of marbles as symbolic corona virus particles spreading around the world and invading everyone's living room. Dreams parked, tied to your house, alone on an island with the world and its adventures beckoning so near but unattainable behind the window.
Working in a studio is wonderful, but the disadvantage is you work for hours indoors, inhaling paint thinners and getting too little exercise.
This is where I wanted to make some changes. In September 2019 I started powerwalking. It's great to be outside and get fit at the same time. Letting your mind run wild brings in arbitrariness, the chance to see unexpected things and connect. I read somewhere that research has shown that letting your mind wander activates different areas of the brain that are not normally active at the same time. Aware of this, I allowed my thoughts to wander during my walks and that's how I stepped into this painting. The rock was my starting point for its beautiful shape, its weight, its size and its symbolic status. To make the rock seem a little less heavy I let it float in a sky. While associating, water followed; it became a swirling ocean. At that moment the painting needed a countervail, the geometric shapes provided the balance in the composition.
The title couldn't be clearer; Maximum joy! A girl dances in a cave, in one hand a mushroom and on the other a huge work glove. The colors are intense and the
girl radiates joy. In the dark background, some sparkles appear here and there. It is painted in the now, an experience, a surreal image, a personal celebration, just enjoying it. It was created
by applying the same process. The start was the dancing girl who I wanted to place in a strange whimsical environment. The sleek, smooth and translucent stained glass window was a nice
counterpoint to that. Autumn was coming and beautiful mushrooms were growing above the ground everywhere. It fit perfectly in her hand. The huge work glove is an association that seemed natural
after that. Work hard, enjoy harder!
Obstacle, barrier, hindrance, impediment, hurdle, something that stands in the way, stumbling block, opposition, barricade, something that prevents you from achieving what you want. Obstacles, they are there, always and everywhere in all shapes and forms. They are there to be taken. This painting is about resilience. It's not always easy, and certainly not always obvious, but you can get up and move on. Just start over, continue making your dreams come true.
I set to work with this starting point, because with paint anything is possible. Painting obstacles and having a ballet dancer maneuver through them with elegant movements while the red ball that seems to float in front of the canvas is held in the air. That is possible in a painting, how beautiful is that!
This time I decided to make a portrait, not just any portrait, it had to have a story to read. It had to be impressive and contain a bit of everything. Emotion, movement, texture, transparency, drama. I started working on that and suddenly there he was.
He looks at you with his eyebrow raised, his hands supporting his face. Behind him are a woman and a man with a cube pulled over their heads. The background is empty, perhaps a sky. It gives an exciting triangular composition.
The man's face and a hand are painted with a multi-colored pallet and different brush thicknesses. As it were sculpted. The whole gives an ominous but also intriguing image. It raises questions: what has just happened here? Hence Trouble!
My starting point was the flat square. The square, quadrangle and cube represent the earth and earthly existence in symbolism. This is in contrast to the triangle, which represents the heavenly.
Geometry is concerned with the measurement, proportion and properties of points, lines, curves, angles and spatial figures. In the art painting profession, this is also true with the major difference that it is not higher mathematics. Gut feeling is the part that gives the sauce to the painting.
The composition in this painting is enhanced by the graphic lines, your eye is drawn to it, as it were. When you look at the whole, you discover that this is actually the painting of the squares.
The figurative representation is about the speed of life. Life is lived at a fast pace and many people have the feeling that they are being lived. What would the picture look like if you pressed the pause button, I wondered. In this painting, I hit the pause button. Everything brought to a standstill in a single image.
Everything is in it, how we live these days, hutched together, relaxation and exertion, the hecticness of everyday life hanging over us like the sword of Damocles.
De trechters waren een pakkende vorm. Helemaal in de kleuren van de ouderwetse Tupperware bakjes. En ik was vertrokken. De yogi kwam erbij en ik spiegelde haar wat kleiner ernaast. Het proces ging vooral op onderbuikgevoel. Ik zocht een manier om haar te plaatsen en na het bedenken van verschillende opties kwam de trap erbij. In die periode was ik geboeid door tegeltjes en het was vanzelfsprekend voor mij dat ik de trap ging betegelen. Ik gebruikte Kaolien als toevoeging aan de olieverf om de substantie dikker te maken. De jojo’s maakten het beeld en de beweging compleet. Het is grappig om te zien dat wanneer mensen naar het schilderij kijken ze dezelfde houding aannemen als de yogi.
Dit schilderij ontstond spontaan na onze zomervakantie in Marokko - Waar de stoepen strak in de rood met witte verf afstaken tegen de donkere nacht, kwam de jeugd gekleed in trainingspakken, vriendschappelijk met elkaar en druk in de weer met de mobiele telefoon naar buiten.