Saturday, 9 February 2019

Maurice Braspenning / Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch
The Scream
oil, tempera and pastel on cardboard
91 x 73,5 cm
The National Museum, Oslo, Norway

As a teenager, I have always been a big fan of Edvard Munch and many of the expressionists and the abstract expressionism. At the Rietveld Academy, where I studied, it was the time of conceptual art, and little or no paint. The entire painting department also got another name: autonoom (autonomous).
Anyway, during my education this passion for expressionism was pushed to the background a bit.
But in the last few years, my passion has returned in full force and I must and want to admit that. To be honest, it is the work that I can really relate to, it is part of me. You probably know it, as you grow older you can focus better and you target on those things that really matter to you.

Maurice Braspenning, 2019

Upcoming exhibition:
Maurice Braspenning  - 'Dreamland'
Jan van Hoof Galerie, 's-Hertogenbosch NL
February 17 - March 10 2019

Maurice Braspenning (NL)
acrylic on panel
30 x 24 cm

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Kees de Goede / Walt Disney

Walt Disney
Secrets of Life
Feature-length documentary

The first visual sensation I can remember is from when I was 10-11 years of age.
As a festive last school day before a school holiday, I went to a cinema for the very first time.
It probably was Christmas break, because I remember when I left the cinema excited at the end of the afternoon, it was already dark.
In the supporting program of "101 Dalmatians - Night of the cold noses" there was a film in which time lapse photography showed how plants and flowers emerged from the ground from nothing or from just a blade. In a few minutes time they became a plant, got flowers and started to bloom.
You saw everything grow and become green, buds unfolded and turned into flowers.
It made an unforgettable impression on me.
As a little boy I found out that everything is constantly moving and changing, and that everything is connected.
I saw tremendous energy in everything that lives and moves.
Walt Disney with "Secrets of Life" is therefore the artist who left me a lasting first impression.

Kees de Goede, 2019

Kees de Goede (NL)
Lied van de aarde
oil on linen over a frame of branches
190 x 190 x 38 cm
photo Rob Versluys

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Anuli Croon / Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg
The View of the World from 9th Avenue
71 x 48 cm

Saul Steinberg
New York Moonlight

Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg: "I managed to get out of a number of culs-de-sac, some of the vulgarities of humorous drawing and the banalities of commercial art, while still preserving a little of that element of mediocrity – I’d almost say vulgarity – that I wouldn’t care to give up, since I consider it something necessary; like a man who, in changing his social class, still wouldn’t want to break up with his wife and old friends."

Anuli Croon
One of Us III 
acrylic on linen
180 x 150 cm

Anuli Croon (NL)
Blak landscape [Stars]
acrylic on linen
180 x 150 cm