Encounters 2015/2016

In this new serie famous and unknown people meet each other in an intimate relationship regardless of time and place. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that quoting is role reinforcing… no use to quote an unknown artist…. My way to renovate history.


In this series, also on square format, but smaller I am working on a serie of women and men in arts.
Women of different times like Artemisia Gentileschi (16th century) and Eva Hesse (20th century).
Wouldn’t it be interesting when they could talk about their work and life..?


Another thought is about quoting artists. Quotations of course work because the spectator recognizes the reference. Because a lot of works by women are unknown (and of course many oeuvres of male artists too) they are seldom quoted.
This shows how quotations are reinforcing the status quo. By mixing it all up I want to compete history as far as it gets.. 😉

  • fi encounters
    This is the first painting I made: ‘Love Affair’. In this painting Milkmaid from the painting of Vermeer meets Michiel de Ruyter on one of her imaginary trips to Japan.
  • Encounters, Prima Vera, 2016, 150 x 150 cm
    Lobengula KaMzilikazi took a lift on the shelf of Venus while she is participating in the painting of Botticelli ‘The birth of Venus’. I just like the contrast, the idea they spent a nice time together. The face is Martin Luther King.
  • Encounters from 2015
    Votes is about the female voice in history. Emmeline Pankhurst (15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. Joan of Arc (6 January c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”, is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Hundred Years’ War. Tintin (Kuifje) from the comic books of Hergé is a young Belgian reporter who becomes involved in dangerous cases in which he takes heroic action to save the day.
  • Encounters from 2015
    Here we see Genghis Kahn, the severe emperor of the Mongol empire. He is sitting in his Asian chair, a carpet on a roll in his background. Just sitting there and looking at his new object: a plastic music box with a naked ballerina, made in Taiwan.
  • Encounters from 2015
    Love and Marriage…….. This is a remake of the Jan van Eyk painting. In the background you see a Japanese erotic print
  • Saskia, 2015, 150 x 150 cm
    This painting is about Rembrandt and Mondriaan. Saskia, the wife of Rembrandt, painted in the sleeping room is now positioned in an open space.. in the forest? near the river? in a lake? The Saskia I painted is lifting her skirt just a bit more than the one on the painting of Rembrandt. The face in the painting you could recognise as Mondriaan. Is he watching Saskia?
  • Encounters, Averechts (reverted), 2015-2018, 150 x 150 cm
    Really don’t know why it came to my mind to picture these two extremely different men. After I made the painting I found that they both have more in common than I knew. Both have the same age: Hitler was born in april 1889, Schiele in June 1890 and both are born in the same country. They also both fought in WO I. The name of Egon’s father is Adolf. What if they had met at the Art academy in Vienna?
  • Encounters, Van Gogh ‘s love affair, 2015, 150 x 150 cm
    Van Gogh is always pictured as a suffering man, a sad love life, mentally weak or ill, always outof money. A passionate painter but not recognized enough during his life. In this painting he is having a good time loved by an indian woman who he might have met during his walks in the French landscape.
  • Encounters, King & Queen (Anna Boleijn & Red Cloud Sioux, 2016, 150 x 150 cm
    Anna Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII. Henry’s marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation. Red Cloud Sioux The United States named a war after Red Cloud, a prominent Oglala Lakota chief who led his followers in opposition to the presence of the U.S. military in the area.
  • Natalja Gontcharova carrying a Motherwell, after painting to many flowers and birds, while her position refers to the image of Maplethorpes’ photo of Louise Bourgeois. 100 x 100 cm, 2016
    Natalja Gontcharova carrying a Motherwell, while the position refers to the image of Maplethorpes’ photo of Louise Bourgeois, after painting to many flowers and birds.
  • Artemisia & Eva, 2016, 100 x 100 cm
    Artemisia Gentileschi painting on a part of a work of Eva Hesse. They are both known artist and shown in art books. At the time when I went to art school Artemisia was one of the very few women artists that you could find in Arnason…. Eva Hesse was an artist I could identify with. Her influence as a woman working with fundamental art in the seventies has been great and an exception in that time.
  • Sientje, 2016, 100 x 100 cm
    In these two paintings I chose a male and a female painter who knew each other. One is Sien van Houten, who is also the wife of Hendrik Willem Mesdag. She was known as a painter and participated in the making of Panorama Mesdag. The other painter is George Hendrik Breitner. He also worked on the Panorama. I found they both painted flowers in a ginger pot. The selfportrait of Breitner is mixed with a work of Picasso, who was about 20 years younger.
  • Breitner, 2016, 100 x 100 cm
    George Hendrik Breitner I tried to achieve two portraits that show a psychological image of the two. Two portraits that are equal in power and with an androgynous appearance.
  • A woman in art, 2017, 150 x 150 cm
    The last painting in this series is ‘A woman in between art’. In this painting a lot of art references art mixed, parts of Armando, Penck, Broodthaers, Modersohn-Becker, Picasso.