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White Rider Painting

Theo Overgaauw


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 78.7 W x 59.1 H x 0.8 D in

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"White Rider" is one of the horsemen of the apocalypse, the first one to appear, also known as Christ or the anti-Christ. At the center of the painting is a male figure donned in a knight's helmet with crownlike adornment, seated backward on a horse. The horse itself faces left, defying the expected orientation. The rider holds an archer's bow in his right hand, symbolising precision and intention, and a spear in his left. The spear's golden metal point takes the form of an upside-down fish, a well-known symbol of Christian faith, often seen as stickers on car bumpers. However, the inversion of the fish adds a layer of irony and subversion. On the same spear, there hangs a pair of bloodstained socks a reference to Christ's crucifixion. The horse and the male figure are constructed from various colours but ultimately finished in white, symbolising purity and spiritual significance. However, their unconventional arrangement and the absurdity of the scene challenge traditional notions of divine order. The horse gazes to the left as it stands on wheels, creating a surreal juxtaposition of motion and stillness. The pulling force behind this equine enigma is a trio of pumpkins, their anthropomorphic qualities hinting at both the festive and the eerie. The reference to Halloween and the painting "Pale Rider" adds depth and layers to the narrative. Three pumpkins are tasked with pulling the horse, with the middle pumpkin unable to touch the ground. These pumpkins, adorned with socks and equipped with tiny arms and hands, provide a comical and unexpected twist to the composition.The foreground is painted in vibrant green, contrasting with the layered background consisting of four horizontal stripes. Beginning at the top with a deep blue and gradually transitioning to blackened blue, followed by a light blue, and culminating in a dark red, the background adds depth and a sense of foreboding to the scene.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:78.7 W x 59.1 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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