I am working as a professional artist since 1991. I've 'participated in many exhibitions over the years, mainly in Holland. Recent shows have been:
2011 'The correspondents'(with Karin van Pinxteren) Basement KIK, Kolderveen
2010 '(Con)textual', Onomatopee, Eindhoven
2010 ‘Relations', De Ruimte, Geldrop
2009 ‘Flat, Studios Kraijenhoff, Amsterdam.
I have been influenced by painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Lucian Freud, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans (whom I've met once at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam) and Gerhard Richter. I like paintings to be straightforward, because I think the viewer should not be distracted too much of what, to my mind, paintings are mainly about: paint and canvas.
Etten-Leur, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
In recent years, I'm mainly painting isolated objects displayed against a more or less abstract background . Although figurative and recognizable , I am less interested in an optical three-dimensionality than in the plane that each and every painting is.
In my work I seek means to shape the term 'event horizon'. My interest for this stems from a study of another term that is closely related with the above , and without which art would be unthinkable : 'visibility'.
My goal is to paint things as if they are on the brink of escaping visibility.
So I'm looking for the event horizon in things as such, in the objects I paint . I believe it has to do with transience. Things disappear , but not instatntly . Gradually, their visibility is at stake and all we are left with are ghosts. It is this border I 'm looking for in my painting .
In a series of paintings of graves which I'm working on since 2012, my love for flat architecture is reflected . I.e. architecture that barely rises above the surface; that barely has three dimensions. In it I see an analogy with the flatness of the painting as an object .
I also paint fragile objects like balloons , a cardboard house or stuffed animals . I
I pay very close attention to applying the paint on my canvases . I usually start with very thin layers of oil paint. Sometimes I first put thick layers of paint to create an arbitrary structure that runs under the surface.
Art Academy: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
'Constantijn Huygens', Kampen-Zwolle, 1983-1988.