4-5-'17 Finalist for the RADAR Art Prize
21-12-'17 Finalist for the London Contemporary Art Prize
1-1-'18 Special merits at the Light, Space & Time Art Competition
Born in Amsterdam in 1969, I was trained as a decorative painter and worked doing faux marble finishing, gilding and other decorative techniques while exploring in my own paintings on canvas new ways to paint and express my vision of the world.
Today I use, beside traditional oil paint on canvas, oil paint & epoxy resin, to create thick riverstone- or mineral-shaped canvasses, with a lot of depth, representing organic structures, which I see as the ‘Structures of Life’
To me, ‘Life’ is the primal force that moves everything in the universe, from one physical state to the next.
With the possibilities we have today to study life from the tiniest particle to the largest scale it’s amazing to see how the same structures appear everywhere: a walnut looks like a human brain, frozen fish like marble while some stone species. resemble aerial photos of the Nordic fjords.. and when we see pictures of neurons we wonder about their delicate plant-like ‘roots’.
From microscopic details to the largest scale in space, life seems to manifest itself everywhere in similar structures.
And since no matter ever disappears, all the components of which it exists are over and over rearranged, structuring and forming patterns, cycle after cycle.
In this light, is there even a distinction between 'natural' and 'artificial' ?
If a spider builds a web, we call it natural, so if big animals like ourselves create things isn't that just part of one big system, recycling all matter that exists infinitely?
Infinitely is beyond our capacity to truly understand.
But infinity is all there is, and all we can do my friends, is see and wonder…
Click on 'galerie' and then 'Structures of Life' for an overview of all works