Saturday, 28 September 2013

Martijn Schuppers / Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting
oil on canvas
152,4 x 152,4 cm
Gift of Mrs. Morton J. Hornick.
© 2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

You can paint anything, and you can paint anything out. You can begin with anything and get rid of it. I already got rid of all that other stuff. Someone else doesn’t have to do it.
Ad Reinhardt

Martijn Schuppers (NL)
acrylic, alkyd and oil on polyester canvas
100 x 90 cm
Courtesy VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Pere Llobera / Francisco Goya

El Pelele  
oil on canvas
267 x 160 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Pere Llobera (ES/NL)
Presagio (Premonition)
oil on canvas
31 x 43 cm

This is one of my latest works (Premonition) and it makes me think of Goya. Goya is the kind of artist I would like to be. No doubt about that. In my opinion all of Goya's works are remarkable, especially the 'Caprichos'-series. Sociological sharpness and freshness of the art. It is like creating an artist by mixing Blake and Rembrandt. A very good cocktail.
I chose a very strange work of him: 'El Pelele' (the puppet). It is an ugly work, but extremely powerful in portraying the emptiness. It makes me think of our present, internet, etc... I know why but it takes to long to explain here.
The last image of mine is a self-portrait changing the TV channels with a tree branch. The title: 'Involution now'. In my opinion this is pure: Caprichos.
Pere Llobera 2013

Pere Llobera (ES/NL)
Involució (Involution now)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Henk Duijn / Francesco del Cairo

Francesco del Cairo
St. Sebastian Healed by St. Irene
ca. 1635
oil on linen
68 x 84 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours

Henk Duijn (NL/BE)
acrylic on wood
20 x 15 cm

Friday, 6 September 2013

Arno Kramer / Michelangelo

Study for Saint Laurence
black chalk on paper
24,2 x 18,2 cm
Teylers Museum, Haarlem NL

When there ever has been one artist who has shown me that you can make a drawing in its hesitation and search for the ultimate unconscious to a unique piece of art, it is Michelangelo. What a happiness that most of his drawings have been meant as sketches for other work, like paintings and sculptures. It is an interesting question if we do not look now for autonomous quality with a today’s view. But what does it matter. From nearly every drawing I can learn something. It has to do with the fact that all his drawings have a certain openness, searching for the right things, the ideal forms, the human being in all its vulnerability. In details you see the phenomenal vision and technique glittering. From all sides sparks passion. Following small mistakes in for example the corrections of drawing an arm in three states, makes the drawing even more lively.
Arno Kramer, August 28 2013

Arno Kramer (NL)
pencil on paper
43 x 51,6 cm