Sunday 23 November 2014

Bram Kinsbergen / Henri Toulouse Lautrec

Henri Toulouse Lautrec
La Comtesse Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec
ca 1883
oil on canvas
93,5 x 81 cm 

Busy working on a series of work about McDonald's restaurants around the world, seen through Google Street View, I was browsing through a book of Henri Toulouse Lautrec.
I was so into this McDonald's thing, that when I saw the portrait he made of his mother, I immediately made the link with my own work. 
The way she looks, like she is torn into something (the making of this portrait) she doesn't want to be part of, is the look I wanted to give to my portrait of the mother of Ronald McDonald.
Her face painted like “the clown”, she couldn't resist the demand of her son to be portrayed like this, but I wanted to tell a different story by the way she looks.
Henri Toulouse Lautrec made a lot of portraits that have an unfinished result, that's the reason why I did the same with my work. 
It symbolizes the loneliness, the void of being the mother of Ronald McDonald.
Bram Kinsbergen, 2014

Bram Kinsbergen (BE)
Mama by Ronald McDonald by Bram Kinsbergen
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm

Saturday 15 November 2014

Paul Corvers / Franz Kline

Franz Kline
oil on canvas
146 x 208,3 cm

When I first discovered the work of Franz Kline, during my time at the Academy, it was a revelation. I was struck by the vitality, the power and the emotion. It has influenced my view on painting then and it still does now.
Paul Corvers, 2014

Paul Corvers (NL)
Untitled (690)
oil on linen
30 x 40 cm

Saturday 8 November 2014

Dona Nelson / Joan Miro

Joan Miro
Woman (Opera Singer)
pastel and pencil on flocked paper
106,7 x 71,1 cm
MoMA, New York

Dona Nelson (US)
Lunar Eclipse (front)
acrylic on canvas
121, 9 x 121,9 cm

Dona Nelson (US)
Lunar Eclipse (back)
acrylic on canvas
121, 9 x 121,9 cm

Saturday 1 November 2014

Denitsa Todorova / Rembrandt

Danaë (detail)
oil on canvas
185 x 203 cm
Hermitage Museum, Sint-Petersburg

By picking up symbols from the surroundings I create my own imaginary world: a picturesque twist, based on mystery illuminations and visual poetry. What I find essential is the state of the emotions that the viewer encounters after seeing my works... My works are very much influenced by perceptions of life and death, Christian orthodox religion, history of art, my childhood memories and the interactions with the surroundings. I have been deeply moved by the painting Danae by Rembrandt, one of his most magnificent works.

I challenged myself to represent the ideal of female beauty and the passion felt by a woman when she sees her lover. In the three portraits dedicated to this masterpiece I focused on the fata morgana illusion of something that we want to see but is not present and the imperfect conversion process by which live models were transformed into mythological figures.
Denitsa Todorova, 2014

Denitsa Todorova (BG/BE)
Rembrandt was here
oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm