My work comes from an interest in various painting techniques, textural expression, working of colour and shadow, composition and illusionism. This is explored within different genres and methods, from still-life-like images to trompe l’oeil painting.
The paintings are composed out of an archive of photographed imagery. This ‘archive’ consists of images of everyday situations, objects or details, mostly out of my direct surroundings. Different elements are then combined to create new thought-out, balanced compositions. A lot of emphasis is put into delicately translating textures into paint.
Composition, underlying abstraction and spatial construction are aimed at conveying an intimate viewing experience. The often small size, which calls for an attentive gaze, emphasizes the non-sensational nature of its subject-matter. Images that put the ordinary, the banal and the uneventfulness of our surroundings center stage. Paintings that draw attention to what’s happening on the side, where nothing really seems to be happening.
The depiction of materials and its translation into paint are explored further in the form of trompe l’oeil paintings. In a playful manner I examine how formal choices and physical properties of paint (pasty/smooth, matte/shiny, opaque/transparent) can relate to the illusion of textural expression. Balancing between illusion and reality an estranging sense of realism is evoked. Once the viewer start scrutinizing the work, he or she will be pulled back and forth between these contradictory aspects of this transformationwww.florenskool.nl