Gijs van Noort’s work is an inquiry into the narrative possibilities of paint. This narrative dimension naturally implies figuration, which, while not necessarily realistic, produces associations.
A constant factor in the work of Van Noort is a structure that typically consists of elements of waste that relate to each other under the influence of sharp light.
The work fits into the romantic tradition. This is highlighted by the prominent role of light, but also by the works’ relationship with folly; the uselessness, in this case the rubbish, which asks the viewer for reflection.
That what was once of value, but over the course of time regresses into rubbish; it generates stories at the edge of oblivion, and lets itself be heard one last time.