Maurice Braspenning (1968) was educated at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie. He is a postmodern artist who started working figuratively again. He paints landscapes, human figures, and, more recently, portraits and animals in negative from photos and film stills. Doing so, he shows the process of painting. He builds up the image and the effects, in order to investigate the value of the image and the value of life.
Braspenning creates a sense of temporality. And that is no coincidence. He draws with chalk on blackboard. As if you could erase the faces easily. In a stop-motion movie, you can see how he erases a 4-meter high self-portrait with latex after he has finished it. The art of painting comes from the desire to live forever. But fame fades away. And life stays transitory – despite all the images.