Friday 31 January 2014

Aart Houtman / Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
The Pink Studio
oil on canvas
181 x 221 cm

At the age of 14, I understood that a painting above all is a world of paint on canvas. This became clear to me after seeing the works of Matisse.
Now, over 40 years later, the same Matisse plays such an important role again. My 'Atelierschilderij (Studio Painting)' is composed of completed and unfinished paintings, old and new work, and work that I will make in 2044. Yet such a painting existed 100 years ago: 'The Pink Studio' from 1911.


Aart Houtman ( NL )
Atelierschilderij (Studio Painting)
285.5 x 200 cm
[This painting has its own blog :]

My view that paintings are never alone, but rather are part of a larger context, is not shown only with my own work. A 18th-century group portrait of Cornelis Troost may just become part of a collage, combined with my group portrait of the 20th-century. That the 'edges' shown in the collage are broken, shows among other things that group portraits are created in the 16th century as well as in the 22nd century...
Aart Houtman, 2014

Aart Houtman (NL)
Atelierschilderij [Collage Soepkeuken] (Studio Painting [Soup Kitchen Collage])
ca 400 x 300 cm
Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft
[photo Aart Houtman]

oil on canvas, 71,7 x 58,5 cm (by Cornelis Troost, framed; 1723)
oil on canvas, 215 x 140 cm (1988)
photo paper on canvas on chipboard, 70 x 50 cm (2013)
acrylic, acrylic paper on prepared linen, 18 x 24 cm (2013)
acrylic on various plastic panels (2013)
acrylic on different sizes of paper (2013)
[More info about this collage:]


Saturday 18 January 2014

Willem Sanders / Robert Zünd

Robert Zünd
oil on linen
119 x 158,8 cm 
Kunstmuseum Luzern

On the occasion of a personal exhibition in a gallery in Luzern, Switzerland, I visited the local Museum. Not expecting much I was overthrown by a painting of the "unknown" Robert Zünd.
It was a landscape so wonderfully and masterly done that it really took time to realize it was painted. The point of view and the handling of light was overwhelming. Zünd apparently did only a few of these landscapes without people. Also the seemingly freely chosen point of view struck me.
Through time my involvement in painting comes in various forms and with various meanings.
Landscape among them.
My studio in Northern Italy, the Alta Langhe, is surrounded by woods. They provide linear cuts in a scape or frame, comparable to the calligraphic paintings of Brice Marden, which would enable me to see the landscape as an abstract form. Providing the viewer in the first instant with an ordinary painted landscape in which a closer look would tell you that the main subject is the division of space through lines and light. And detail. Close to abstraction.
An article in the catalogue on Robert Zünd gave me the title “Ideal Real Landscape or Real Ideal Landscape” for a catalogue on my landscapes produced by Peter Foolen Editions in 2012.
Willem Sanders 2013

Willem Sanders (NL/IT)
Altalanghe 12
102 x 66 cm
Courtesy Fondazione Il Fondaco, Bra, Italy

Willem Sanders (NL/IT)
Altalanghe 08
75,5 x 106,5 cm
Private collection, Essen, Germany
(also available as print by Bernard Ruygrok, edition 30/30)

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Hernan Ardila Delgado / Camille Corot

Camille Corot
Recollection of Mortefontaine
oil on canvas
65 x 89 cm

Here are some notes on Corot's influence on me and my understanding of art.
The necessity and cohesion of color, the acceptance of one another, a plot of gray where the color barely emerges musically damped, without ever break the atmospheric totality that makes all of his paintings a solid. 
Far from the great contrasts, he shows us a rich and vibrant pictorial surface.
The light and dark, full of chromatic nuances, takes us from light to darkness in slow and lively transitions, free of abruptness, without ever reaching the extremes, as allowing a place to infinity. 
The color slowly emerges from the gray to give us a temperature or to put us in a certain time of the day, in a season, in a state of intimacy.
Hernan Ardila, 2013

Hernan Ardila Delgado (CO/ES)
inkjet on Arches paper 100% cotton
63 x 48 cm