encounters | interventions

Encounters

A series of 18 works
2015-2017
size: 150 x 150 cm and 100 x 100 cm

In this series, started in 2015, famous and unknown people meet each other in an intimate relationship regardless of time and place.
A modest and sometimes rather funny way to ‘redesign’ the view of history. During the making of these paintings I noticed the fact that quoting is role reinforcing…

In other words only well known people or images can be quoted, it can still result into unexpected images.

From October 2018 I work on a new series, INTERVENTIONS.

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This page shows a selection of the latest developments in my painting containing two series: ENCOUNTERS and INTERVENTIONS.

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Love Affair

150 x 150 cm
In this painting Milkmaid from the painting of Vermeer meets Michiel de Ruyter on one of her imaginary trips to Japan.

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Love & Marriage

150 x 150 cm
The couple from Jan van Eyck’s painting combined with Japanese erotic print images.

Saskia, 2015, 150 x 150 cm

Saskia

150 x 150 cm
This painting is about Rembrandt and Mondriaan.  Saskia, Rembrandt’s wife, painted in the bedroom, is now standing in an open space….. in the forest? in a lake? The Saskia I have painted lifts her skirt slightly more than the one in Rembrandt’s painting. The face in the painting can be recognized as Mondriaan. Is he looking at Saskia?

Encounters, Van Gogh ‘s love affair, 2015, 150 x 150 cm

Lovers

150 x 150 cm
Van Gogh is always pictured as a suffering man, a sad love life, mentally weak or ill, always out of 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.

A woman in art, 2017, 150 x 150 cm

Woman in art

150 x 150 cm
Paula Modersohn-Becker in between parts of Broodthaers, Penck, Polke, Armando

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, after painting to many flowers and birds, while her position refers to the image of Maplethorpes’ photo of Louise Bourgeois.

100 x 100 cm This is the complete title of the work and also the description.

encounters | interventions

INTERVENTIONS

A series of 16-18 works
2018-2019
size: they have all different sizes

For me painting is a conceptual language. I use all kind of materials and content matter, related to different periods of time, art historical references, personal associations and places on earth.
My focus since 1989 is to tackle the icons and well known images of the western art history and the underlying ideas. For every individual painting I use a different style and method, which fits the specific content of the painting.
In the series Interventions I look back at some old master paintings from a 21th century point of view.

Staalmeesters, 2018, 156 x 136 cm

Staalmeesters I

156 x 136 cm
I painted the 5 men who check the fabric sheets (staalmeesters) and their assistant (the 6th man) with pastel colors and white hats. There are hanging transparent pieces of cloth above them.

Sheets, 2019, 140 x 90 cm

Staalmeesters II (Sheets)

140 x 90 cm
I first sewed folds in a cotton sheet and covered a canvas with this sheet very tight.
Then I made the painting using different styles in painting. The well known image is distorted.

Milkmaid snippet, 2019, 200 x 120 cm

Melkmeisje, snippet

2019, 210 x 160 cm
Milkmaids are printed by the meter and cheap to buy. I sewed parts of the image on a canvas and stuffed the parts to make them 3D like soft pillows. (which you don’t see on this picture).

Milkmaid is now split into pieces, a structure behind forms a contrast. There is also a code snippet saying that she is the future most famous painting….

The Milkmaid is a key figure in my work since 1992. www.hetmelkmeisjevanvermeer.nl

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Cranach, emojied

2019, 210 x 160 cm
Milkmaids are printed by the meter and cheap to buy. I sewed parts of the image on a canvas and stuffed the parts to make them 3D like soft pillows. (which you don’t see on this picture). Milkmaid is now split into pieces, a structure is behind which forms a contrast, there is also a code snippet saying that she is the future most famous painting….