Marathon, with embroidered mother of pearl buttons Painting by Hester van Dapperen

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Marathon, painting on linen, detail mother of pearl buttons embroidery
Marathon, painting on linen, detail pigment painting and mother of pearl buttons embroidery

Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Oil, Pencil, Black & White, Paint on Canvas, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other.

Hester van Dapperen paints human figures in movement on a transparent surface as a reflection of contemporary life.
She finds her inspiration nearby her studio, in the Amsterdam area.
The paintings are often created on multiple transparent layers, the light effect adds depth with shadows on the backdrop.
Most paintings have embroideries, stitches, mother-of-pearl buttons or applications, this reveals her initial profession as fashion designer.

The inspiration is the runners of the Amsterdam Marathon, they pass the studio every year. The first, the fastest, seem to float above the road, they hardly touch the ground. All day long, people run with so much dedication, enthusiasm and perseverance along the windows of the studio.

The Marathon is a modern art painting is made in a new style. It is a painting in linen stretched on a frame of wood.
Using acrylic and oil paint and embroidery's in with pearl buttons.
On the surface you can see the first two female runners of the marathon of Amsterdam. This part is painted and embroidered. Their pants are embroidered with pearl buttons. The lady's are connected with a thin silver wire. To to emphasize the contrast in the painting, the artwork is a mix of fragile and industrial materials.
It is quite absurd to see them running in the cityscape, along the satelite dishes.
They look like fragile creatures in a technical or industrial environment. It looks likes they are torn from their original environment and are running in circles in the urban environment. Playing with their mobile phone. I don't judge it, but I have to laugh. I really like the urban life, but I do see the artificial side.

The image shows a contemporary fairytale featuring the surrealistic world of the cityscape.
Contemporary Dutch visual artist Hester van Dapperen adds depth to her paintings both physically and figuratively.
Van Dapperen uses the refined and raw material layers of which the artwork consists, instead of hiding the materials below the surface of the image.

ABOUT the artist her work
Hester van Dapperen explores new ways. She paints persons in motion on a background of modern life. The paintings are often on a transparent carrier, most with textile insertions.
She finds her inspiration in the urban environment of the metropolitan area. 
The paintings often have a subliminal contemporary social message. 
Several aspects can reveal themselves to the spectator.

It began with the completion of the fashion Academy in Amsterdam and designing for well-known clothing brands like Oilily and Mexx. However her passion for painting and making objects made sure that Hester is now an established visual artist.
She was selected for the master class of the well-known German artist Jorg Immendorff. Hester works in concepts, with a clear idea, the human in motion. She also wants to make the importance of the used material visible, such as with the transparent paintings in layers.
Her paintings are regularly exhibited and also collected abroad; Her work regularly gets a central place at the international (US) artsite
It is possible to visit her studio in Amsterdam, on appointment.


“In my paintings I am fascinated by the human in motion. I often work for years with a concept; in wich new nuances arise.
The role of the material used is also important:
-My favourite carrier is transparent. It creates an effect of fragility, depth and shadows.
-I like to use textile additions like patchwork, holes, cuts and sutures, embroidery, or mother of Pearl buttons.
-The use of pigments. By making paint with pigments, the tone can be surprisingly deeper, more shiny or matt.
As I was a fashion designer before being a contemporay artist, many of my paintings have traces of fashion and textile additions “.


Marathon, with embroidered mother of pearl buttons

Hester van Dapperen



Size: 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 1 in

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