After two art
educations (AKI, Enschede and Rijksacadamy of fine arts in Amsterdam),
I developed an interest in anthroposophy.
I try to unite the best of these two worlds. My work is sometimes
called 'magical realism' - it is about ideas but it is not conceptual.
My goal is: concrete visual experience. I try to picture moods and
thoughts, experiences and inner states of being. I'm interested
in establishing things that are 'natural', an artwork should have
some form of life. It should have a positive influence on one’s
daily environment. For that you need to allow death in your creative
To me, painting
is not just about paint, it is about the visual, about the way an
image takes on visual appearance (by laws of colour, form, perspective
etc.). I started out as a multi-media artist and worked with photography
before I started to paint. Painting to me is an active form of photography.
I work with different materials and techniques, but working with
colour processes is on itself immaterial. One can do this with paint
or photoshop, but also by singing or sculpting. Working with colour
and working with paint are two different worlds, coming together
in the craft of painting.
Image is not
the only issue - there's more to reality than imagery. I try to
reach the subconscious levels via the visual, for example by working
with underlayers. I try not to fall into the trap of romanticism
(the beholding of imagery) - I try to turn it around, take all these
layers and shape them into something good.
working with materials and techniques (paint, camera, computer)
I work with my body as a perceptive
organism. We perceive much more than we think we do, as not
only matter is an objective reality. The way one’s perception
takes on shape is a given process, an activity which one can learn
Doing so, you can find out about yourself, and about the way you
interact with your environment. Photography can be a tool to capture
the given part of perception - painters used tools like this since
the 15th century. Johannes Vermeer (17th century) even used a primitive
camera (a box with lenses).
The active part of our perception can be captured in the abstract
aspects of painting. This part of perception is actually a form
of body-intelligence. It has several aspects: it's the math that
shaped our bodies (projective geometry), but also the intelligence
in the movements of a martial artist or soccer-player. One sees
it in really good graffiti or graphic design (advertisements, illustrational
work). One can use
colour, composition, perspective and momement as a vehicle for individual
expression. I guess that was the original goal of abstract expressionism.
I don’t believe in the absolute power of creative eruption
though - this is only the male side of the creative process. The
female side is more technical: how to actually get it done. Using
all the laws and tools available to construct a painting, and interact
with these laws. These laws went out of use last century, because
artists thought it hindered them in their personal expression. But
people like Picasso and Mondrian did have an oldfashioned training
in realistic painting, before they went abstract. Modern artists
tend to avoid skills, as they experience hinderance of them. Being
authentic as an artist is easier if you don't learn skills that
tend to work on their own. However, mastering skills means not just
to have them as skills, it's also the ability to get them working
for your content. This can be seen as the art of alchemy.
I sell my work
as unique works, but also as reproductions. Some works I reproduce
myself (when they are sold, I make them again). It's a way to commercialise
things and keep the price down, but also a way of approaching art:
posessing an artwork does not mean: exclusive posession of a content.
Themes can be done again. The theme as such then evolves.
Part of my
work is theoretical: theory of colour, art and science, art history.
By working with anthroposophical concepts, art and science become
strongly intertwined. Science then can become a form of art, and
art becomes a form of science (even when it's an unusal form).
One does research by trying to pose the right question, and create
or receive the answer to the specific question. Art is maybe the
best way to create knowledge. The head helps out by studying different
art-doctrines, and by formulating hypotheses to work with. In terms
of inner development, creative processes (in all kinds of professions)
have my continual interest