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Hester van Dapperen


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The image shows ballet girls dancing at the Museum plein Amsterdam (Museum square), in the back there are tree man working on the scaffolds of the construction site, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The movements of the builders are contrasting with the movements of ballet girls. Materials used for the painting are acrylic paint, medium and pigments with embroidery on linen. The artist likes it to select herself a good quality of linen and stretches this on a wooden frame. She uses primers like gesso and sandpaper to prepare the linen for painting. She likes to make small references in her paintings, such as ( silver) embroidery, as a reference to her past as a fashion designer. This modern art painting shows a contemporary fairytale featuring the good, the strange & the ugly. The inspiration for this painting comes from the newly developed part of the Stedelijk Museum, the construction site was visible for ± 10 years. Every time the artist cycled past the building, it was interesting for her to watch. When construction was halted because the contractor was bankrupt, the picture in the newspaper of the scaffolds became a source of inspiration for this painting. There is also a deeper meaning hidden in the painting, this is for the beholders own interpretation. Contemporary Dutch visual artist Hester van Dapperen adds depth to her paintings both physically and figuratively. Van Dapperen likes to use refined and raw materials. 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. Acrylic paint and pigments with embroidery on linen The painting will be send from Amsterdam and will be wrapped in cushion plastic and in a wooden box. If the painting is collected in the Studio in Amsterdam the painting will be wrapped in bubble plastic. Keywords: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, people, dancing figures, Cityscape, contemporary art, city, dance

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Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in


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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 this artsite It is possible to visit her studio in Amsterdam, on appointment. THE ARTIST ABOUT HER WORK "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 ".

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