Sunday, 25 September 2022

Antony Densham / Henri Matisse



Henri Matisse

Open Window, Collioure

1905

oil on canvas

55,3 x 46 cm


 

Artists like Matisse opened the door, or should I say window for us all. This is a depicted scene but it’s a painting first. Matisse wasn’t afraid to pry apart his brushstrokes to allow the viewer to revel just as much at individual marks as what those marks depict. Challenging tradition, those brave souls at the beginning of the 20 th century were continually rejected from the Salon and lambasted for their efforts. We can all be so grateful for their courage and tenacity for pushing their boats out looking for new shores. After watching the BBC documentary, ‘Becoming Matisse’ It was made very clear by Matisse’s’ great granddaughter that his courage and conviction was derived from his wife and kids. Matisse painted this on his honey moon, coming out of a depression. One can see how much this special time coalesced his ideas.

 

Antony Densham, 2022


 




Antony Densham (NZ)

C1.2021

2021

acrylic on canvas

75 x 75 cm

www.antonydensham.com




Sunday, 28 August 2022

Toon Laurense / Piet Mondriaan

Piet Mondriaan

Victory Boogie Woogie

1942-1944         

127,5 x 127,5 cm

oil paint/tape/paper/charcoal/pencil on canvas (unfinished)

 

 



The work of Piet Mondriaan is a strong inspiration to me, based on the amazement for the natural coherence of things and to express this in purely visual terms.

In his work, I recognise the constructive nature with the natural order as its basis, his search for the 'higher', going further and further into the 'depth' in order to express the true feeling of life.

The painting 'Victory Boogie Woogie' is the last painting Mondriaan worked on and which remained unfinished due to his death.


The work reflects his expectation and hope for a swift end to WW2 and the accompanying joy of imminent victory. A work full of rhythm, movement and positive energy, full of hope for better times.

In my recently completed work 'Broken pieces turn to something new', there is also a dancing interplay of separate parts that, like a kind of 'big bang', seek a new coherence and in their lightness express a hope and a desire for a better future. A world in the making.

 

Toon Laurense, August 2022


 


Toon Laurense (NL)

Broken pieces turn to something new   

2022

160 x 180 cm       

oil on canvas

www.toonlaurense.nl






Saturday, 6 August 2022

Sam Renson / Franz Kline



Franz Kline

1960 New Year Wall, Night

1960

oil on softboard

305 x 488 cm

 

 

I will never forget my first-time seeing Franz Kline’s ‘1960 New Year Wall, Night’ whilst in Munich, Germany, as soon as I entered the gallery room I was completely overwhelmed and absorbed by the painting. Taken aback by the scale, consumed by the energy captured in the brush strokes and fascinated with the bold yet simplistic colour palette. I sat in-front of the work for the best part of an hour leaving only to re-entering the space, simply drawn to this magnificent piece. 

 

Kline one of the great Action Painters emphasised the physical act of painting, transferring energy from the New York Jazz scene into these wonderful works. Kline stating, “I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me”. It is this transfer of energy which effectively creates a physical engagement with the viewer, and this is what I admire most from Kline. 

 

Sam Renson, 2022





Sam Renson (UK)

Venue

2021

oil on board 

120 x 100 cm 

www.samrenson.com





Saturday, 16 July 2022

Thijs Segers / Morris Graves



Morris Graves 

Snake and Moon

1938-39

gouache and watercolour on mulberry paper

64,3 x 75,3 cm




Morris Graves 

Blind Bird

1940

gouache and watercolour on mulberry paper

76,5 x 68,6 cm



Morris Graves 

Hibernation

1954

watercolour on paper

46,2 x 66,9 cm

 

 

There is so much chaos in the moons of Morris Graves (1910-2001). Their frosty white light scattering everywhere, surrounding the animals in his world on paper. At first it seems overwhelming, but when you accept the chaos for what it is, it opens up a great quietness. Just like white noise helps with meditation, Graves' moonlight make for beautiful, delicate paintings of contemplation.

 

Thijs Segers, 2022





Thijs Segers

Een Dodendans

2022

oil on linen

200 x 220 cm




Thijs Segers

Haas

2021

gouache on paper

24 x 30 cm




Thijs Segers (NL)

Haas

2021

oil on linen

150 x 200 cm

www.thijssegers.com







 

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Piot Brehmer / Mark Rothko

 


Mark Rothko

No. 14

1960

oil on canvas

290 x 270 cm

 

 

After developing a new technique by accident with acrylic paste I push through a rubber grid, I started a whole new series of colorfield paintings in 2019.

This "Big Red Window“ was one of the first attempts and is still one of my favorite paintings till now. Deeply influenced in the 80s in music and style, my approach was somehow a post punk attitude.

I always thought "hey, this looks like a Rothko on steroids!“, raw, trashy, but with a huge impact. Savage waveforms touching a structured non perfect grid of fully saturated color on matte black velours fabric.

I wasn`t aware at this time, how striking the resemblance to Mark Rothko`s No. 14 really was, cause it wasn´t in my mind during the painting process.

Therefore this is my couple for the blog. Other dead heroes of mine are Newman, Palermo. Motherwell and all time fav Kline.

 

Piot Brehmer, 2022





Piot Brehmer (DE)

Big Red Window

2019

acrylic on velours

230 x 200 cm

www.piotbrehmer.de



Saturday, 28 May 2022

Steven Van Meurs / Raoul De Keyser


Raoul De Keyser 
Penetrant 
1995
oil on canvas 
180 x 120 cm 


Raoul De Keyser 
Oefeningen met eerste linnen doos 
1967
acrylic and dispersion on canvas 

 

My interest in the work of Raoul De Keyser (1930 - 2012) deepened after my 'encounter' with the work “Penetrant” that was shown in M HKA Antwerp a few years ago. I was captivated by the varied 'landscape' of research-traces and an almost palpable concentration. Since then, De Keyser's consistent and varied oeuvre has gradually become a reference for my own practice. 

Steven Van Meurs, 2022



Steven Van Meurs 
Compound 
2022
acrylics & oil on canvas 
42 x 42 cm 


Steven Van Meurs 
Edgetrim 
2022
acrylics & oil on canvas 
38 x 52 cm 


Steven Van Meurs (NL)
Stepless 
2021
acrylics & oil on canvas 
42 x 50 cm 
www.stevenvanmeurs.nl/ 
instagram.com/steven_van_meurs 


 

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Lenneke van der Goot / M.C. Escher (and many others)

 


M.C. Escher

Kristal

1947

mezzotint

13,8 x 17,1 cm




M.C. Escher

Study for the litho 'Kubische ruimtevulling’

1952

black and red pencil

43,3 x 62,7 cm




M.C. Escher

Study for the litho ’The Waterval’

1961

pencil

clockwise 13,5 x 17 cm, 14 x 14 cm, 26,5 x 18,5 cm, 20,8 x 19,9 cm




M.C. Escher

Study in pencil

1936

 

 


I admire many artists. As a child, I browsed through books we had at home and got to know artists whose works are still on my mind, like those of Kandinsky, Picasso and Chagall. As I grew older, I got to know countless other heroes. But the artists I got to know as a child, who made a deep impression on me, shaped how I look and how I work. I was given a book on Monet, for instance. I stared for hours at the water lilies: recognizable images from afar and, up close, no more than splotches of paint. When I went to Paris with my parents, I saw the fountain in front of the Centre Pompidou, by Niki de Saint Phalle and Tinguely. I love the playfulness of this work, but also the contrast between Tinguely's creaking and squeaking constructions and Niki de Saint Phalle's colourful, full-bodied forms. This work is powerful, vulnerable but also humorous.


I also came into contact with the work of Escher at an early age. I still find the complexity and impossibility of his drawings and graphic work extremely fascinating. When I stood in front of a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the energy and impact it had on me. I also find the film 'Der Lauf der Dinge' by Fischli (he is still alive) and Weiss of incredible beauty.


Maybe not always obvious, but I feel related to all these artists. In my own work, I always try to have reality as a reference, but then to distort it into a metaphorical universe that lacks any grip. In my work, I represent non-functional structures. Winding sculptures, floating objects, or wobbly constructions, that are captured in a moment, as if they can change colour or position at any time. 

 

Lenneke van der Goot, 2022




Lenneke van der Goot

Floating Figure

2017

ink and pastel on paper

25 x 25 cm


Lenneke van der Goot

Time Lapse

2021

including pencil, ink and pastel on paper 

40 x 40 cm



Lenneke van der Goot (NL)

Rollercoaster 

2022

including pencil, gesso, ink, litho, pastel and collage on paper

30 x 30 cm

www.lennekevandergoot.nl










Saturday, 26 March 2022

Lode Laperre / Utagawa Hiroshige

 


Utagawa Hiroshige

Okabe: The narrow, ivy-covered path at Mount Utsu

1855, Edo (Tokio)

colour woodcut on Japanese paper

36 x 23 cm 




Utagawa Hiroshige

The ferry at Kawaguchi and the Zenkō temple

1857, Edo (Tokio)

colour woodcut on Japanese paper

34 x 22 cm 

 

 

 

Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese printmaker and painter, was particularly renowned for his landscape prints, such as the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. His woodcuts had a great influence on other printmakers. Hiroshige's work was also popular in the West at the end of the 19th century with collectors and artists, such as Van Gogh and Gauguin.

My fascination with Eastern civilizations and visual cultures led me to increasingly explore similarities, differences and frictions between Eastern and Western visual languages, in an attempt to unify and integrate them into my work. The meditation and thoughts that arose from this, produced an amalgam of new visual elements and techniques - as often happens with me. Certain works, for example the painting “Subaru (Manga)”, bear traces of Japanese printmaking, both in form and content. It is mainly Hiroshige's woodcuts that sharpened my view on this medium. I find the simplicity, the clarity and the accuracy in composition, execution and presentation very special.

 

Lode Laperre, 2022




Lode Laperre (BE)

Subaru (Manga)

2021

acrylic on canvas

180 x 140 cm

www.lodelaperre.be