my rules in the studio

My rules for painting

paint with music in your head
work minimalistic but without losing the poetry
make the art you need
expand beauty
about Now, including the memories

(I wrote down these rules  to remind myself when I work in the studio which direction I want the artwork  to go. It doesn’t mean I achieve this every time, but it is what I strive for)

 

Some of my ideas about art :

falling in love with art

For me the ideal artwork is something to fall in love with. It should be  strangely, strongly self-evident in an  organic way, meaning this artwork is the only way it could be, the only way it could be made. It has power like a sacred object, something you want to return to again and again. Every time you look at the artwork, it gives you something to take with you.

the joy of the tactile

To me the joy of the tactile is very important in art, how it feels or better : how you imagine it would feel, were you allowed to touch it. Playful experiments and original use of materials give a piece of  art a strong presence, something you are drawn to, a small feast of materialized ideas.

handmade

I like it when art objects are not perfect, but clearly handmade. Drawings and paintings don’t have to be smooth and perfect;  imperfect ones with an unmistakably handmade edge are often more attractive. Like in music, where the offbeat gives charm and attraction. Handmade objects make you see someones hand in the world. Realising there is a person who made this object, makes you more aware that art is not just about the beautiful object but art is also about communication. Art communicates visual ideas and colors.

What is important to me is that the viewer is touched emotionally because only than is it possible for the art to get ideas across.
With art that is pleasing to the eye, it is easier to attract viewers. After the first moments of attraction, the viewer is able to explore further and  discover the ideas behind the the artwork.

Art without snobbery

I feel art should be strong enough to upheld itself against the sofa and the designer lamp in a living room ( or for that matter in any other room). The space to show your work, doesn’t have to be a perfect clean white box. Only when the artwork hangs in a ‘living’ space, the power of the art becomes noticeable. If the art is good and the room a good fit, the work will sparkle. It brings something new in the room, something outlandish in the space, something against the grain.

a human touch on the wall

I like to use tactile materials in my art. The tactile qualities contrast well to the modern smooth surfaces in our homes. It makes you look at your living space in a new Groove II.III,IV in interiorway.

Hanging something handmade on a wall, makes you more aware that the wall and space itself were also made by hands, people building houses and making homes for other people. Art above the sofa is not a cliché but actually a very good question to ask as an artist. How can art above the sofa change a house into a special personal place ? Make it rock ?

unapologeticlongingIdeas

I like a business kind of thinking as an artist. Art is not just the wooshy-waashy-kind-of-feeling-blabla-make-a-mess-in-the-studio-kind-of-work, but it is a business as well.To me, business is not only about making money, but even more about sharing ideals and values. You want a business because you have ideas to share, ideas that hopefully make a difference in the world.

Connection
For me connection is at the core of art. I don’t make art  for myself or because I love to spend time in my studio ( although I do love to spend time in my studio)  Art connects when it gets ideas across.  By sharing my art  I hope to start conversations and change the way you see the world through the love of materials.

Joy

Buying art should be a pleasant, adventurous experience, a joy. Visiting an art show, or gallery, makes you aware how art influences a space, and what it can do for your own living space.

Presenting art in an innovative way, in an inspirational environment, makes it easier for people to fall in love with art, and make their own personal place rock. The thoughts and ideas oozing from the artwork, resonates every time you enter the room because art is not just about decorating a room, art makes a space come alive.

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