Collages are made on 400 grams paper of 70x94cm. The work will be shipped in a PVC tube.
Recommended framesize: (80 x 105 cm), Passepartout (innersize: 66 x 89cm: means a border of 7 cm on top and both left and right sides, leaving 9 cm on the bottom)
Painting started sometime in 1978 as a student in a rowdy mood. Paintings that have been sold completely against expectations in the now closed art dealership Reker in the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. However, that was the basis for trying - initially without relevant training - to shape the world surrounding me at the time. Later I visited the Free Academy The Hague in the 1980s and in the following years I also followed a number of necessary courses in all kinds of areas in the field of model and portrait. I am currently following a three-year trajectory at the Amsterdam Academy MK24 (MKXtra), where there is a good climate for me and good sharp questions come along. Some additional courses at the Classical Academy in Groningen provided an excellent addition to my career as a painter in the more figurative and realistic field.
I now turn my attention to a freer painting style in which expression is paramount and the question of meaning and purpose is more important than the reproduction of the known. The ever-present search for the right form of expression makes the work worth making.
In my second profession as a teacher I meet many people; other people now appear on canvas, sometimes from other parts of the world, sometimes from my immediate environment. I try to work in series; a theme or a certain way of expression then forms the common thread. This creates series of works on paper and series in which screen printing has been experimented with. Also a series with larger work on canvas in which the image should convey a more monumental impression to the viewer.
So my work shows several directions: a predominant experimental direction with a preference for structure, tone and limited use of color. The trigger is the processes of life, sometimes current events or ordinary everyday things.
Often I like to experiment with other techniques such as screen printing and etching embedded in a larger work in which acrylic paint and oil paint are also present. Just to see if things can be done differently.