Two people totally entwined in each other. The work was started by sketches before the pandemie in august 2019, but stayed with me the whole time, trying to find a way to get this image transferred on canvas in the best possible way. During the first lock down the theme began to mean so much more to me. We almost forget it now, but nearly a year ago there were thoughts and fears about not being to able to touch each other. Your precious ones surrounding you. Not able, but wishing to hold. An almost unthinkable scenario became reality. The work was selected twice for a groups exhibition with the theme, Covid-19. Back to the proces of the work. Eventual, after a whole lot searching through sketches on paper and gouaches, I used an older, never finished work and painted the most essential parts of the image on canvas. This is the result. Which also shows me reaching for a wish to paint. Which I want to do a lot more.
The painting was both selected for the exhibitions ‘En Nu’ in Podium voor Hedendaagse Kunst ‘Pictura in Dordrecht from 2/8 till 16/8/2020 and For the current exhibition ‘Corona én de verkoop’ in Tekenlievend genootschap Pictura in Groningen from 11/3 till 11/4 2021
As a starting point I took a detail of a heavy tablecloth or carpet as shown often on paintings from 17th century, like a Vermeer for example. I’ve always loved the way in which the heavy carpet on these tables fall down the corner of the table and how it makes a sculptural form on the floor. Also the colorful pattern is important here, but more in a suggestive way that you see what is left over from the detailed design when it folds. The pattern of the tablecloth is more abstract and without figurative details.
Here are more of my studies on how to compose a dune landscape with just one image as a basis. I tried different approaches in painting, drawing, using pieces of newspaper, tape. Using different colors. Most of the works have several layers and became a landscape over a period of 2 months of making decisions of what to keep in the picture and what not. The painting on canvas in orange and yellow became a 2 piece work with an extension of a boxing glove as an element of a imaginary part of a landscape. Will be continued…
Eén van mijn eerste werken na aanleiding van een onderzoek naar het beeldende aspect van krantenfoto’s. Ik verzamel al een tijdje foto’s uit de krant die me aanspreken. Dit heeft niet altijd met de inhoud van foto te maken, maar het kan mij in eerste instantie aanspreken door o.a de compositie, kleur, emotie. Door ze te bewerken of transformeren naar een ander beeld kan de associatie die ik aanvankelijk had, veranderd worden naar een nieuw, ander en op zichzelf staand beeld.