Drawings in the wake of Romanticism

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New: 'Sounds of Nature' series.

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Past : Amsterdam Art Rooms (AAR) Beauty 2, 2016
Group exhibition together with the well known artists Jan Fabre, Rob Scholte, Marc Mulders and Sjoerd Buisman

Sounds of Nature, 109 x 129cm, 2017
In "Sounds of Nature', natural sound is translated on paper into lines that suggets movements, as well as into areas of colour. The realm of plants produces imperceptible sounds that override those of the human world, they are ultimately more persistent.

Washed ink drawings with pastel and acrylic paint on paper
I started drawing at an early age. In my teens I followed private classes with a number of different artists. When I was seventeen, I visited Italy for the first time, admiring the work of Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, del Sarto and many others. Compositional form in Renaissance art places the human individual centrally in a landscape, this creates a sense of peace that I like very much and see mirrored in my work. Beside the Japanese wash ink technique with masters like Sesshu Toyo and Hasegawa Tohaku, I have a great affinity with Dutch masters from the Golden Age, and French artists like the pastelmaster Quentin de la Tour and the painter Gustave Moreau. When I look at their work I see a unity of composition, a harmonic environment enhanced by clothing, hairdressing and attributes. I strive for the same harmony and unity in my own work, using the creative freedom that is now available to artists.

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Being an artist, 72 x 110cm, 2015


The yellow border line, 72 x 110cm, 2014


Swimming, 72 x 110cm. 2017