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This is the way, step inside Painting

Theo Overgaauw


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 47.2 W x 37.4 H x 0.8 D in

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So you think you can dance is a modern abstract painting with a figurative and some surreal influence. The basis was a picture I found on Instagram by Caravaggio of David and Goliath. In 2021 I had enough of the squares and rectangles and circles. I preferred to continue with abstract painting. Rejecting the conventional confines of canvas, I sought to redefine abstract painting by infusing it with human and animal contours. These forms, though discernible to the eye, defied easy categorisation. Each stroke of color and curve hinted at a human or animal figure, but detail remained elusive, tantalisingly out of reach.The resulting artwork became a testament to my commitment to innovation. By leveraging familiar silhouettes as a foundation for abstraction, they managed to harness both recognition and enigma, creating a dynamic tension. The paintings dares viewers to explore beyond the surface, to traverse the blurred boundaries between representation and pure visual sensation. For me, this approach ignited excitement and posed a constant challenge. Striving to strike the perfect balance between form and formlessness, they navigated the uncharted waters of ambiguity. The act of creation itself became a dialogue between intention and intuition, as brushstrokes merged with the essence of the subjects they alluded to, resulting in compositions that were as much about the journey as the destination. It is a vibrant tribute to the power of abstraction, demonstrating that even amidst recognisable shapes, the abstract soul of art could flourish. The viewer, drawn into this realm of intriguing ambiguity, becomes an active participant in deciphering the enigmatic interplay of shapes and colours. All work is created on Belgian linen (unless mentioned otherwise) with Old Holland acrylic and oilpaint and will come with a Certificate of Authenticity. All paintings are signed on the reverse.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:47.2 W x 37.4 H x 0.8 D in

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My artistic practice is one of constant evolution and experimentation, shifting between ideas and techniques as I seek to keep the process fresh and challenging. Beginning with figurative art during my early days at the academy, I embarked on a transformative trajectory that includes periods of abstraction and a return to figurative painting. These shifts occur deliberately and gradually, rekindling the artistic challenge and infusing fresh vitality into my creations. Personal life experiences, including profound moments like the loss of a loved one or a transition from a vibrant urban environment to a tranquil countryside, have been instrumental in shaping these transformative shifts. Presently, my artistic exploration centers on scrutinizing the intricate connections between religion, particularly Christianity, gender dynamics, and their collective ramifications on society. I hope to raise thought-provoking questions about the enduring influence of strong religious doctrines, which, despite waning in contemporary society, continue to shape both our legal systems and perceptual frameworks. My artistic style oscillates between the realms of abstraction and figuration, with alternating phases where one style takes precedence over the other. Working primarily with acrylics and oil paints on linen, I embark on each piece with a blank canvas and minimal premeditation. This approach empowers me to paint with a sense of unrestrained freedom, sidestepping the potential constraints of meticulous preliminary studies. Such studies, while useful for some, could potentially stifle my genuine joy of painting and the innate vitality that emerges within the artwork itself.

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