Saturday, 26 November 2016

Julika Geissler / Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
Icarus, plate VIII from the illustrated book 'Jazz'
41,9 x 26 cm

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Henri Matisse

I’m painting large format flower patterns. It is important that the shape of the flower dissolves into something between testicles, seeds or butts with limbs reminding of arms. These seem to touch and at the same time repel each other. In my paintings it's not clear if the forms are jumping around happily or are just lying there numbed, waiting for their death. The patterns are simple and colorful, the shapes are flat and repetitive. Similar to carpet patterns of which one says that Henri Matisse was also influenced by.
I love the work of Matisse in general but the one I chose stayed in my mind constantly. I was impressed by the beautiful simplified forms floating or falling in front of a pure colorful area, its simple abstraction and the smooth and soft arrangement.
Julika Geissler, 2016

Julika Geissler
acrylic and spray paint on cotton
210 x 400 cm

Julika Geissler
acrylic and spray paint on cotton
200 x 180 cm

Julika Geissler (DE)
ORANGE (detail)
textile pattern

Monday, 7 November 2016

Christiaan Kuitwaard / Vilhelm Hammershøi

Vilhelm Hammershøi
Open doors, interior with woman in a white chair
oil on canvas
57 x 49 cm

The Danish Painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916) lived from 1898 to 1909 in an apartment in Strandgade 30 in Copenhagen. There he created some of his best works. In the rooms in this apartment Hammershøi dedicated himself to painting interiors, windows and light, which he depicted again and again. Silent sensitive works in grey and brown shades. One of the paintings Hammershøi made during that period was ‘Open doors, interior with a woman in a white chair’ (1900). In 2006 I painted an elaboration of this work by ‘cleaning’ the room, removing the table and Hammerhoi’s wife. I also exchanged the chair with my own chair.
Christiaan Kuitwaard, 2016

Christiaan Kuitwaard (NL)
interieur, 24.03.2006 / in response to Hammershøi’s interior with woman in a white chair
oil on canvas on wood
57 x 49 cm