Maurice Braspenning (1968) was educated at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie. He is a postmodern artist who started working figuratively again. He paints landscapes and human figures in situations that are unusual, except for the artist. The works present a painter’s look on life.
On This Art Fair I will be showing the first steps of The Bailly Project.
The Bailly Project
Currently, I’m working on a large scale project about Dutch painter David Bailly who lived and worked in Leiden in the 17th century (1584-1657). Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden has a beautiful Vanitas painting from his hand and is one of the most important paintings in their collection. The remarkable thing about the work is that is both a vanitas painting and a portrait painting.
Initially, the idea was to make my own interpretation on a large scale painting. But because of the complexity of the work, I decided to chop up the work in pieces. Concentrating on the people in the painting. My eye was drawn to the figure in the middle of the painting. It’s a drawing of a saint with a beard pinned to the wall. It was never the idea to make a ‘look alike’ of the painting. I guess this figure gave me enough space to get me going. I started making my own interpretation of a ‘holy man’ with a beard. They kind of came out like sorcerers with a dark edge.
On my website, I will be showing updates on the Bailly Project to keep you posted.www.mauricebraspenning.nl