Surrealistic art by Dutch artist Marjolein van Haasteren

Marjolein van Haasteren - Bank of Mnemosyne
Marjolein van Haasteren - Bank of Mnemosyne
Marjolein van Haasteren, Born in Leiden, 1967
Lives and works in Leiden, The Netherlands

Education
1988 - 1993 Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK)

From water world to movement
Marjolein van Haasteren's oeuvre is the result of a steady production of years. It has become a quest in which the work is constantly changing, but always remains recognizable. After all these years, her work has a permanent group of admirers who enjoy the permanent change and the recurring elements.
The work is based on paradoxes. Clear tangible matter appears to flow, rise and disappear. It is a world of fragments and broken pieces moved by water as the invisible but omnipresent element. We look at "underwater worlds" in which the visible elements are constantly moving. It seems that we can see which elements rise and which are carried away or sink. We can even imagine how fast the elements move.
The most peculiar thing is that we can feel the sensation that we ourselves sink into this world, sometimes floating peacefully, but also as if we are being washed away. Marjolein has created a new world with her paintings. At the same time, it offers us the means to "read" that unknown world. The work of this imaginary world thus stimulates our own imagination.
Author: Michael van Hoogenhuyze

Water
For years, water has been a recurring subject matter in my work. It flows and ripples, and therefore a grateful topic to translate into a painting. Water is connected and is strongly influenced by climate change. It is often in the news, due to a shortage or a surplus, causing floods. Our relationship with water is changing. Water has become politics.
Because I myself do not have a first hand relationship with water, I have become curious about how people who deal with water on a daily basis, experience this element. What type of changes are noticeable and how do they experience their field of work?
It was time to start a more expansive series about water: Project SITW (Something In The Water). For this project I have spoken to people for whom water is part of their daily work environment, and for some a more leisurely activity. Scientists who have been able to contribute to a better understanding of nature. Entrepreneurs who make their money under water or above water and the people who take care of the nature surrounding water.
I translate these conversations in one or more paintings, a sentence or statement that has caught my attention is transformed into a piece of art, making use of the personal element in the stories of the people I have spoken to.
You will gain not so much an accurate representation as a celebration of the element water. To demand attention for this magnificent element.
Welcome to my world of water.
Author: Marjolein van Haasteren

Website: http://www.mvanhaasteren.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marjolein_van_haasteren/

Abstract art by Italian artist Alfredo Titta

Alfredo Titta - Rosso di Sera
Alfredo Titta - Rosso di Sera
Alfredo Titta, born in Spoleto on July 11, 1958

Professionally part of the artistic movement of abstract art.

He begins his research against the background of the great painters of French Impressionism around the second half of the 19th century, and then moves towards a more rebellious conception of art, the informal art conception of the Italian 1950s and 1960s. Names like Basaldella, Vedova and Cassinari are some of the painters he loved, studied and then began to develop his techniques, his subjects and his abstract vein.

Titta has been active in Spoleto for about 30 years and has had a permanent workshop and/or gallery in via Vincenzo Maria Rippo for 20 years.

His works have been exhibited in the Netherlands, in Ridderkerk, in the Gallery "IMSPA productions" by Wilma and Martin Impelmans, in Germany, in Bocholt and Düsseldorf, in the Gallery "Wissing Karl" and, again for the same gallery owner, in Switzerland, in Zurich , in Luxembourg, in the capital, in the "Auchan Kirchberg" gallery in the "Business Center" of the European Parliament offices, in Ukraine, in Kiev, in the National Museum of Modern Art, together with the Association "Spoleto Arte", in Italy, in Rome, in the art gallery "Mancini Arte Arredo" and in Padua, has exhibited at the "International Art Exhibition".

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alfredotitta/

Digital collage art by Dutch artist Barbara van den Berg

Barbara van den Berg - Digital collage Bodhi
Barbara van den Berg - Digital collage Bodhi
Born in 1978, the Netherlands
Studio in Amsterdam

Barbara van den Berg is a visual artist. She makes figurative (digital) collages, mixed media artworks and paintings. Barbara van den Berg studied Visual Communication in den Bosch and in 2003 she graduated from the School for Art and Design, St. Joost. Before van den Berg fully focused on art, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for 7 years.

Van den Berg's art is represented by MPV Gallery in 's-Hertogenbosch, Miva Gallery in Sweden and Kroon gallery in The Hague. From a young age van den Berg was fascinated by the behavior of people. As a child she lived in an almost constant state of observation, constantly looking around her: how do we relate to each other, how do people show their feelings and how do we connect with each other? Barbara van den Berg's art is about making contact. She wanted to understand and express what she saw and felt and van den Berg did this mainly by drawing and painting at a very young age. Later this was expressed in the making of art by people who are looking for contact together. Everyone is screaming for attention, but no one really sees the other. You feel friction between what we show on the outside and what we feel on the inside. Barbara van den Berg plays with this paradox, with bright, vibrant colors that leave the appearance of happiness and celebration.

When van den Berg had two daughters, she was inspired by their inexhaustible imagination and by the world. They are so real, sincere, open and playful. They still have a vulnerability and naivety that she admired. Children can keep looking at you without looking away. They make contact without words. That way of making contact fascinates van den Berg.

In this way the digital collages came to life, in which van den Berg shows children in bright colors with an "open mind". Their wide-eyed faces and slightly chubby cheeks accentuate childlike innocence. They look like a child somewhere between a human and a doll. These children symbolize innocence, playfulness and vulnerability. They look at the world with natural curiosity.

For Barbara van den Berg, the collage technique is about the social aspects of society. "We live in a time when we think we can make everything our own way with individual happiness as the highest good".

Website: https://www.barbaravandenberg.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barbaravandenberg_art/

Contemporary art made by Dutch artist Marit Otto

Marit Otto - The theory of khaos
Marit Otto - The theory of khaos
Born in 1970, Hoorn The Netherlands
Now living and working in Zwolle, working as a visual artist since 1996
Education graphic high school

As an artist I am driven and stimulated by the zeitgeist, current events, daily absurdity and human shortcomings. In other words, the condition humaine. Engagement is not so much a choice but a visual outcome of what naturally goes on in my head. I look for the common ground and wrap it in a somewhat aesthetic image. I find aesthetics an important part of my work because it is the connection for the underlying idea. The term elusive is used when people want to characterize me. That elusive is not my chosen definition. For me everything falls together in a logical way and there is a clear underlying motive. The so-called artistic dogma is not for me. I think one of the most beautiful aspects of being an artist is the total freedom to be able to discover and explore boundaries. I personally can only do that if the artistry itself and the mediums may also be limitless. Of course I have struggled with the question whether I should not be more unambiguous in my expressions, before. But after those struggles I shook it off to get closer to my own freedom and thus to myself. You come across different disciplines in my work and I even change style every now and then. But basically everything is a step in my development as an artist and as a person, this shows when you look back throughout the years. If you were to follow the line into the future, you might see that there is no end, and no final conclusion. But hopefully an interesting and lively oeuvre.

I actually hold up a mirror to the viewer. At times I draw directly from reality because there is already so much surrealism, contradiction or conflict in it that I only have to highlight it in a very labor-intensive way. Being human in an increasingly complex world raises many philosophical questions. In essence, I think asking the questions is enough. I like to set something in motion, no matter how small. That may be my motivation and the bigger concept. Painting is kind of a spiritual necessity for me. It calms you down but it is also a fight, a fight with matter, patience and with myself. With painting, more than with anything else, the action is never self-evident, you can never fall back on previous successes, the solution for a good result is neither self-evident. Every new canvas I start naked and pristine and I have to prove myself all over again. That is the most intense but also the most beautiful thing about painting. It's blood, sweat and tears. But this creates a true image with a right to exist, if only for me as a maker. With this, stories can be told and new worlds are created. So every painting, every canvas is a fight but also an act of love.

“Be a master and a designer of yourself”, says Friedrich Nietzsche. This is about empowerment, about the ability to improve yourself, to be allowed to develop and grow despite (at least that's how I read it) descent, nature and nurture. By shaping yourself you also make a start on shaping finer and better circumstances and who knows, maybe a slightly better world. While we are here, better make the most of it. We don't have to wait for another to act, we can act now, at any given minute. For me this is a rule to live by. Real autonomy is and makes vulnerable. The resulting vulnerability makes modest and puts everything in a different perspective. Not being part of a group, but being a self-chosen outsider can result in seeing things more clearly. It is my personal aim to become and remain as autonomous as possible in both thinking and acting. And I hope that reflects in what I make. The origin of my artistry roots in this. I feel my best off the beaten track. I only really discovered this around my 24th birthday. My first studio in a then squatted school (De Oude Ambachtsschool) offered me the prospect of a life without security but with the feeling that anything was possible. This supplied me with so much air and space. That air and space laid the foundation for my work. No shine without friction, but no breath without air.

Basically I have this certain urgency to create. This urgency can also be 'disappearing for a while', but more often it is a compelling thought that imposes itself on me. This can be an idea, a word, an image, a sentence, a statement. By nature I have a restless soul and a head like a crowded house. Producing out of something that goes on in my head is tantamount for opening a valve to let some pressure out and create new space. So for me personally, a creative process is also very healthy for my mind. It keeps things in balance. I work with different mediums. In the choice for the medium, the idea is leading. With the painting process I go deep technically and mentally. I think it is a good procedure (especially in this time of volatility) that something intensive and slow comes about. In my perspective that gives value. The artwork grows along with you for a while, as it were. But when I create a digital work it is also intensive labor on the one hand, because it is still painting. Painting with bits and bytes, that is. But on the other hand, it is faster, smoother and a lot more contemporary. And to add an important difference, there is always the possibility to take steps back in the process. This way small errors are easy to fix.

I really enjoy looking at other artists and the art they produce. I think it is really nourishing in a sense. Food for the soul. But that goes by the grace of wonder and an open mind. The moment I become aware of the art of others in relation to myself, there is more noise and room for doubt or I become too distracted by all impulses and possibilities and all the possible ideas that I may pass up on. I unconsciously collect a lot and I am sure it will take root somewhere and over time it pops up. Conversely, it would be vain to state that I might be able or willing to influence others. I hope perhaps to inspire others. If we zoom out for a moment, you can currently see that engaged art is regaining a place within visual art. That is a great development. My first major art influencer, that I remember, was Pablo Picasso. I especially admired him for his total idiosyncrasy and bravado. Picasso coincided with everything he did. In a sense I wanted to be that way; fearless, playful, energetic and innovative. Camille Claudel and Frida Khalo where two beautiful inspirational female figureheads. In their days both female independence and female art were not common good yet. They paved the road so to speak and I am thankful.

Website: https://www.maritotto.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maoatelier007/

Abstract art by Australian artist Joi Murugavell

Joi Murugavell - Salting A Crime Scene
Joi Murugavell - Salting A Crime Scene
Humour and play are integral in the life and art of Joi Murugavell - a lesson she learned from her father as an elixir to life’s absurdities. Behind the laughs lies a desperate desire to understand her world - away from the influences of family, friends and culture. Like a string in a maze, her art is the process by which she navigates the layers she’s acquired along the way.

Joi’s art is spontaneous, who’s characters frequently act out life experiences, capturing the beauty and pain of the human experience and the soul in flux. Her art is often abstract, bright, biting, humorous, and always on the edge of either feeling good or being another way to bleed.

In 2018, Joi was invited by abc Gallery Seoul to have her first solo exhibition 'Bananas Down Under' in South Korea, a debut of her large format paintings.
In 2017, she was part of a performance piece called ‘Ask Me Anything’ with the Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia’s Young Ambassadors Club. Joi has exhibited nationally and internationally in the United States, London, Amsterdam, Mexico, New Zealand and Korea (Source reference: https://www.joimurugavell.com/about-joimurugavell).

Website: https://www.joimurugavell.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joi.murugavell/

Abstract mixed media art by Dutch artist Piep van Sante

Piep van Sante - Hogerhuis
Piep van Sante - Hogerhuis
Born in 1956 in Arnhem
Lives and works in Middenbeemster
Working as a visual artist since 2013

Sometimes you seem to recognize something in the abstract work of Piep van Sante, but usually it remains a voyage of discovery in her color and form language. This keeps Piep's work exciting and gives it a depth that you want to keep looking at. She describes her work as spontaneous and intuitive. For Piep, painting is a quest by feeling for balance between color and shape. It arises spontaneously and usually she does not know beforehand what to paint. "Lifelong very consciously looking and photographing details and impressions that touch me probably determine my painting now."

Piep mainly works with acrylic on canvas. Each painting consists of many layers of paint from which the final image grows. The visible paint on the canvas is the skin of the painting. Piep thinks the texture is very important and a lot of time and attention is paid to it. Piep's work has a graphic approach, which stems from her employment history as a graphic designer and textile designer.

In addition to her work with paint on canvas, she photographs a lot, makes collages and is proficient in digital art. Her digital works are printed on various materials, such as aluminum, plexiglass, metal, wood and FineArtPaper.

With her abstract work she hopes to stimulate the spectator's imagination. “It is wonderful and surprising to hear what people see in my work."

Website: http://www.piepvansante.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piep_van_sante/

Impressionistic cityscape art by Dutch artist Martin de Jong

Martin de Jong - Lower Manhattan NYC
Martin de Jong - Lower Manhattan NYC
The Netherlands, Heerenveen 1963
Education Minerva Academy

Martin de Jong has been an independent artist since 1993. He has been loyal to the city for years. The city is a world that has a lot to offer visually for de Jong. His approach and implementation has therefore developed strongly over the years.
From impressionistic cityscapes of provincial cities to later large raft painted graphic works from places like Berlin, London and New York. The city feels like a warm bath for De Jong. But also a place of freedom and detachment. Totally anonymous in a landscape without a horizon, surrounded by rhythms and repetition.

En Plein air nowadays De Jong often works with the iPad, for De Jong this is the first step to feel and capture the dynamics of the place. The elaboration of the works of art is created in the silence of the studio. Bringing back to form and tone are the most important starting points.

Website: https://ateliermartindejong.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ateliermartindejong/

Geometric abstract art by Polish - Dutch artist Eliza Kopec

Eliza Kopec - Circle Rozetta
Eliza Kopec - Circle Rozetta
1960, Warsaw, Poland
Now living in The Hague, The Netherlands

Education art academy Rotterdam, graduated in 1987

Until 2000 Eliza Kopec worked as a graphic artist. Etchings, linocuts and figurative work were her field of activity.
After 2000 she took a completely different path. Kopec started working on abstract work. Paintings, drawings, assemblies and spatial objects are now her field of work.

In Eliza Kopec's paintings, reliefs or objects, simplicity, repetition and ambiguity are the result of consistent text applications, converted into numerical and color codes. Eliza Kopec searches for systems and structures, such as language and series of numbers, which are then used as a starting point in the construction of her works. Because of Kopec's approach, coincidence, more or less channeled and directed, plays a very important role in the creation of her work.

Kopec is currently affiliated with several galleries such as: Gallery40, Bos Fine Aty and Galerie Beta16 (Poland)

Website: https://www.elizakopec.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizakopec_art/

Minimal abstract art by Dutch artist Tineke Porck

Tineke Porck
Tineke Porck
The Netherlands, 1954

My work is in the tradition of constructivism and concrete art. I use a language based on constructive elements: line, point and plane. Ratios, horizontality and verticality are important. Pure mathematics is not an end in itself,
Artists whose work appeals to me include Bob Bonies, Jan Schoonhoven, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman and Mark Rothko.

‘Art is to reduce accumulation to the basics’ is my motto.

Started off as a sculptor in the 1980s I have developed as a painter since 1999. Sculptural qualities such as space and construction have remained important in my two-dimensional works.

Overall, my work reflects on connection, space and structure. A new series of sculptural paintings, started at the end of 2019, investigates the effect of shifting identical form elements and the role of colour.

Porck’s studio is in Scheveningen (The Hague). Her work is presented at art fairs and universal group and solo exhibitions. She participated in important group shows on reductive concrete art in the Netherlands. Art works of Porck are globally acquired by museums, libraries, governmental organisations, business companies, and many private collectors.

Website: https://www.tinekeporck.nl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tinekeporck.nl/

3D art by Dutch artist and designer Van Lieshout VI

Van Lieshout VI - Judaspenning
Van Lieshout VI - Judaspenning
I have the privilege of belonging to a generation that has lived, thought and worked without a computer. I am fascinated by the novelties of the information society, with all the successive social and technological developments. Triggered by the hunger for growth and improvement, while nobody knows where it will end and whether this is sustainable. On the other hand, there is the always fascinating nature, with its life cycles.

My art is often based on nature. Maybe that’s a longing, a look back to the past. After all, we are increasingly distanced from naturalness. Nature brings me back to common sense and let me feel my heart again.

My generation is one of the last “real” people in body and soul. Although the ecological system is by no means a purely peaceful system in which things like hunger, despair or bloodshed are absent, it is a cycle in which everything is in balance. Seen in that light, scarcity, abundance, a fight, a winner and a loser are part of life, and therefore of equal value.

Wonder, Nature, Time and Transience are recurring themes in my work. In the images I make, aesthetics and distress often go hand in hand. I work with old and new materials and techniques, which means my art is a mix of both worlds, as I myself exist half virtual and half in real life.

My work is very diverse, because I allow myself to move along as a liquid substance.
Besides my art I’m making a living out of my graphic design works.

Website: https://vlvi.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanlieshoutvi/

Contemporary Abstract art by Norwegian artist Lasse Skarbovik

Lasse Skarbovik
Lasse Skarbovik
Lasse Skarbovik, born 1966 in Stavanger, Norway

Skarbovik has lived since graduating from the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden. He is one of the founders of Stockholm Illustration, but now works as a freelance artist for clients all over the world. In addition to his illustration work, he has created several larger murals and paintings for interiors and solo exhibitions. In recent years he has also designed different patterns for textile collections.

Skarbovik is known for its bold graphic design and colorful paintings. Skarbovik's style is characterized by abstract art with characteristics of the human figure. All this in a wonderfully playful and cheerful way. In short: My style is simple and based on ideas from a graphic and abstract style, says Skarbovik.

Lasse Skarbovik: "With my work I show how much fun it is to make art. My style has evolved over the years, but I decided a few years ago that I will rely more on my intuition than listening to others when it comes to my images. The first sketch is often the best, but much of my work is about simplifying the image to the finished product. I always make sketches on the computer, even when I paint on canvas, on a wall or when I make screen prints. My greatest inspiration comes from architecture and furniture design. I love simplicity and function, basic ideas and strong shapes, and of course nature. In fact, that is the only and the best source of inspiration you need!"

Examples of clients include: The New Yorker, BusinessWeek, IKEA, Time Magazine, New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg Wealth Manager Magazine, Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Computer Arts Magazine, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Magazine, Adobe Systems, Santander Consumer Bank, Almedahls, Bogesunds, The Independent, CA Magazine, Yale Magazine, Waitrose UK, Le Monde Fr, Upbeat UK and Washington Post.

He is represented in American Illustration, 3 × 3 Annual, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, Association of Illustrators Annual, Images UK. World Illustration Awards, American graphic design adwards, Applied Arts Illustration Show, HOW Magazine International Design Awards, and various design and illustrator magazines around the world (Source reference: https://lasseskarbovik.com/about-contact/).

Website: https://lasseskarbovik.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lasseskarbovik/


Geometric - Op art by French artist Arièle Rozowy

Ariele Rozowy
Ariele Rozowy
Arièle Rozowy's works, entitled “Elusive Circles”, at first glance evoke a whole section of art history, from geometric abstraction to op art or kinetic art. The graphic purity of the geometric abstraction, the primary shapes such as the circle and the cross and a minimal but powerful use of bright colors. There is also something of optical and kinetic art in it, which makes the viewer's eye, in a sense, the driving force behind the work. Because, as with kinetic movement, it is the viewer's body that is the first to be invoked in both its visual capacity and its own movement.

Kinetic art, as we know, drew its influences, among other movements, from Orphism. And it is also Orphism, the art of color and light, that comes to mind when you look at Rozowy's work. Because Arièle Rozowy's 'paintings' are part of a perspective that goes beyond painting, intrinsically carries a dimension, if not sculptural, at least beyond the system of the flat surface, through the simple perspective of the 'double surface' - that of the wall and that of the painting - both of which together form a work, split surface to which it is necessary to add a third dimension that is that of light, and a fourth dimension, that of the movement of the observer.

It is therefore to an unprecedented and complete experience on a perceptual level that invites the artist. Effects of depths and playing with subtle perspectives and elusive shadows. Arièle Rozowy thus introduces a form of moving and unstable magic. Playing on our perception and in a surprising way with regard to the efficient simplicity of the process.

More complex than they seem, the "Elusive Circles" multiply the parameters of perception, opening a hypnotic field of possibilities. So we are trapped in the heart of a work that at first glance cannot be understood, never quite the same according to the time of day and the light of time, or even according to the movement caused by the spectator, in a permanent and joyful work. Spectacle, for which one passes from childlike wonder to the serene contemplation of the movement of the things of which the world is made (Source reference: http://www.arielerozowy.fr/ - Translation of parts of the biography written by art critic Marie Deparis-Yafil).

Website: http://www.arielerozowy.fr/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arielerozowy/

Digital painting by Italian artist Massimo Cicalini

Massimo Cicalini, 1961, Tuscany Italy

As a self-taught artist, Cicalini started painting with oil paint in the late 1980s. He immediately stood out because of the similarities with the Pop Art-like style of Andy Warhol, but also because of the expressionist style of Afro Basaldella. Cicalini is also an admirer of his fellow citizen Amedeo Modigliani.

Digital painting has been practiced by him for about ten years while he continues to paint in oils, but in recent years this has become his sole means of expression.

Since childhood, Cicalini has been fascinated by old black and white photographs, the first seminal photographs, where often the light was not captured and the shadow areas remained visible on the faces of the portrayed subjects, especially in line with the eyes. These deep shadows were to him the mystery, the unconscious, the melancholy, the death, the art.

With his current work, he sees those same shadow areas and mystery in the faces of current models and actresses, who are often very heavily made up. Cicalini tries to reinterpret them and give them different colors and shades, as if to bring those old photos from the past to life.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/massimo_cicalini/

Contemporary art made by Brazilian artist Luciano Cian

Luciano Cian, July 20th 1973, São Paulo.
Currently living and working in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil.

Cian started with oil painting technique at the age of 18. Today his fine art production includes painting, drawing, photography, video and urban. In 2008 he founded the art collective Fuso Coletivo (Cian + Kjá), which consists of interactions between different platforms and artistic languages.

He has worked in exhibitions in Brazil and abroad: MuBE Brazilian Sculpture Museum - SP, CCJF Centro Cultural Justiça Federal - RJ, Parque Lage - RJ, Espace L - Geneva - Switzerland, Contemporary Collector Gallery - RJ, IED Istituto Europeu di Design - SP, Pretos Novos Gallery of Contemporary Art - RJ, Museum of Images of the Unconscious - RJ, National Post Museum - Brasília, among others.

Luciano Cian's works have been purchased for private collections in Brazil, the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Peru (Source reference: https://www.lucianocian.com/)

Website: https://www.lucianocian.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucianocian/

Textile art made by American artist Derick Melander

I create large geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. I sort the garments by hue, color, value, or intensity and arrange them to create patterns and gradients.

As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches, it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. I believe that clothing holds energy and carries a trace of the person who wore it. As the sculptures grow and the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass. This symbolic gesture explores the ambiguity between the need to be an individual and the need to belong.

The clothing used for these works is folded to precise dimensions, stacked to minimize gaps and arranged to create visual harmony. Careful attention is paid to the ordering of the garments with even transitions in hue or the relative lightness/darkness. In some works, the sequencing is determined by the way clothing is typically layered on the body and/or material characteristics such as the texture, pattern or thickness.

For me, the process of sorting, folding and stacking the individual garments adds a layer of meaning to the finished piece. When I come across a dress with a hand-sewn repair, a coat with a name written inside the collar or a garment that reminds me of someone I know, the work starts to feel like a collective portrait. As the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, a space that is ceaselessly broken and re-constituted.
Through these processes, I hope to engage the viewer and communicate the emotional resonance of second hand clothing. (Source reference: https://derickmelander.com/about/)

Website: https://derickmelander.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derickmelander/

Cityscape art made by Nigerian - American artist Nina Fabunmi

Nina Fabunmi’s interest in art began as a child, she developed her artistic skills just as she learnt how to read and write but realized it was a gift when she noticed that her peers could not do draw like she could. At six, she would make small drawings and render them with colored pencils.

Her dad had a spot on the wall of his studio where he pinned up all her work. He is an architect and in her sheltered upbringing, his tools of creativity and artistic influence surrounded her. As a teenager, art became her means of expression, she wrote poetry, made drawings, paintings, collage, mosaic and fabric designs with tie-dye and batik. Upon her high school graduation, she received a Proficiency Certificate in Fine Art.

In 2001 she got introduced to a Gallery owner who purchased five of her watercolor paintings. She was pleasantly surprised. In that same year, she made her first oil painting. She would paint and sell one- on- one to those who were privy to seeing her work as it was like a hobby to her. The Gallery owner introduced her to Art associations in Nigeria, which she eventually became a member of. She slowly integrated herself into the Art world in Nigeria and had her first Art Exhibition in 2008. Since then she had been exhibiting and selling her work while running a regular 8-5 job.

In 2011, she was commissioned to supply artwork to an establishment in Lagos Nigeria. This was the break she had been looking for and it paid her enough to pick up her dream of an MFA Fine Art painting at the Academy Of Art University (Source reference: https://www.ninafabunmi.com/about).

Website: https://www.ninafabunmi.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ninapicasso/

Geometric Abstract sculpture art by Dutch artist Han Lammers

the Netherlands, Heerde, 1956

With his rational designs, visual artist Han Lammers translates mathematical equations into tangible three-dimensional images, often executed in zinc. This produces geometric, abstract works that are characteristic of the concrete and pure forms. Lammers feels related to minimalism and constructivism. Geometric shapes are the starting point of his work, creating sculptures in which any form of coincidence and thus surprise is excluded in advance. Lammers' work can be divided into massive, closed forms with a static character and more open and flowing forms with a dynamic (and sometimes lyrical) character.

In the beginning, the craftsmanship process was central to Han Lammers' work, which logically resulted from a selected mathematical equation. He now knows from experience that the end result can have a special visual surprise in store for the viewer and he consciously focuses on this effect. It is not uncommon for several abstract shapes to be hidden in one image, so that these images offer constantly changing perspectives from different points of view. Here Lammers' work touches on the so-called Op Art movement in art. The optical illusions invite the viewer to enter into a dynamic relationship with his works. In doing so, he provides a personal answer to the question of what else mathematics has to offer besides dry numbers, theorems and equations.

Han Lammers mostly works with zinc, which is not surprising when you consider that the processing of zinc and copper has been practiced by the Lammers family for over 100 years. His work and art are therefore firmly rooted in a tradition of zinc workers.

Most of his artworks are outdoors in nature. The expression of the images changes with the seasons, because weather influences have an effect on the patina (oxide layer of the zinc). The formal character of the work is accentuated by the shadow effect and the incidence of light, which creates an exciting contrast to Lammers' outdoor sculptures with the organic forms of their natural context (Source reference: https://www.hanlammers.nl/).

Website: https://www.hanlammers.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanlammerskunst/

Geometric Abstract art by Dutch artist Carrie Meijer

In the late nineties of the last century I started making expressive abstract acrylic paintings and gouaches. Later my work became stricter. By using parallel and horizontal lines intersected by vertical lines, geometric and rhythmic pen drawings have been created. Around 2006 I made my first lithographs and linocuts.

In recent years I have developed an interest in new printing techniques. Digital prints are the result of this. One of these prints was nominated for the Ilse Boon graphic award in 2012. I also make photos and artist's books.

I live and work in Amsterdam and regularly exhibit in various places in the Netherlands and Denmark. I am also a welcome exhibitor at the “Deutsch - Niederländische Grafikbörse” in Borken DE.

My work is in the Wilploo collection in Enschede and in that of the Aldegrever-Gesellschaft e.V. in Münster DE.

Website: https://www.carriemeijer.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carriemeijer/

Realistic sculpture art by Chineze artist Luo Li Rong

Luo Li Rong is a Chinese artist and sculptor who creates realistic sculptures primarily in bronze.

Rong was born in 1980 in Hongqi, Hunan province, China.
In 1998, Rong entered the Changsha Academy of Arts in Changsha, Hunan and studied with Xiao Xiao Qiu. From 2000 to 2005 she studied sculpture at the CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China) with Sun Jia Bo. In 2005, she graduated with honors. While at the CAFA, Rong participated in multiple public sculpting projects including a sculpture installed in 2003 in Da Lian Park for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In 2005 Rong traveled to France and in 2006, she and her husband moved to Belgium, where they lived until 2017. In 2018, Rong opened the Luo Li Rong Foundry in Bologna, Italy (source reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luo_Li_Rong)

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFCETS9A3zf/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luo_li_rong_art/

Realistic still life art by Dutch artist Pita Vreugdenhil

Pita Vreugdenhil, Born in 1945 in The Hague.
Since 1975 she lives and works in Emst (municipality of Epe).

Initially Pita Vreugdenhil practiced various disciplines of art. After following the education in visual creativity at an Institute for Creative Crafts, Pita started to focus on painting and etching. In order to get to know the technical possibilities of the various materials better, she followed a number of other courses. From 1980 she started to focus entirely on the technique of oil painting. By applying the acquired knowledge in her still lifes, she has developed into a painter of realistic still lifes.

Her work shows a clear preference for still lifes, executed in oil on canvas or panel. The realistic still lifes are not only distinguished by the extreme precision with which objects are painted in a well-considered composition. By constantly striving to let the representation of the subjects rise above the exact perception, she shows her experience of reality.

Fabric expression, detailing and a subtle play of light and shadow, shape and color are characteristic of her work. It is therefore the amazement about her work that she wants to bring about in the spectator. Glass, porcelain and fruit are often the common thread in many of her paintings.

Pita’s paintings are built up from thin layers of paint, according to the time-honored painting tradition. Despite the fact that work is usually done on several canvases at the same time, the production of the realistic painter remains small.
Her work, which has received national and international acclaim, is owned both nationally and internationally by private individuals, companies and municipalities. Pita previously exhibited in many places in the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and England (Source reference: https://www.pitavreugdenhil.nl/)

Website: https://www.pitavreugdenhil.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pita.vreugdenhil/

Impressionistic landscape painting by Dutch artist Anneke van Kesteren

Anneke van Kesteren was educated at the liberal art academy "Phychopolis" in the Hague from 1976 and 1980.

Her main field of study at the academy was autonomous painting. She took classes with artists such as Jan Sierhuis, Frans Zwartjes and Wil Bouthoorn. Van Kesteren has been working as a professional visual artist since 1981. She mainly makes oil paintings on linen.

The main theme and source of inspiration for van Kesteren is the landscape. They are landscapes of great phenomena: forests, mountains, plains, swamps, volcanic area. Seen and experienced landscapes on many trips abroad, but also in the very close surroundings. Sometimes wide and in the purest unaffected form painted, then zoomed in to a detail. For some time now, van Kesteren has been zooming in more and more, down to the detail of the landscape. As in the tree series, the tree is a sculpture in itself only, where the ends of the branches touch the universe, where the light collects in various colors in delineated boxes. That is where her fascination lies (Source reference: http://www.annekevankesteren.nl/)

Website: http://www.annekevankesteren.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annekevankesteren/

Realistic portrait art made by Dutch artist Jantina Peperkamp

"The special place where I work and live in the Netherlands inspires me. The nature, the silence and the space give me the opportunity to work in peace and comfort with the slightly bluish light that shines through the windows of my studio. These blue tones are reflected in the skin of my models"

As a self-taught artist, Peperkamp has developed her own unique style.
Her paintings are painstakingly created with many thin layers of acrylic paint that reveal an incredible amount of detail. Her editing -following the axiom less is more- makes Jantina’s work instantly recognizable and exposes the bare essence of her subjects.
Although her style can undoubtedly be classified as realism, Peperkamp’s work goes deeper within, and beyond that categorization. What she shows is a parallel reality, a glimpse into personal perception.
​“Sometimes I suspect that I look at the world differently than others” says Peperkamp.

Self-reflection is a recurring theme in Peperkamp’s work.
Personal thoughts, feelings and memories are important components in her life and work.
This is partly the reason why she chooses models in which she can recognize herself. The energy created between Peperkamp and her model plays a vital part in her work, where the artist takes the role of
​observer and commentator (Source reference: https://www.jantinapeperkamp.com/about-jantina.html).

Website: https://www.jantinapeperkamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jantinapeperkamp/

Surrealistic art made by Dutch artist Frans Lemeer

Frans Lemeer, born and raised in Meerssen (Netherlands).
When I was a child, I spent most of my time drawing as a way to express my imagination and fantasies. My passion for art has never gone away ever since. I decided to continue in this field and in 1979 I received my Visual Arts degree at the Art Academy in Maastricht.

After that study I moved on to teaching extracurricular art classes to young students and eventually met up with some interesting colleagues with whom I initiated an art gallery in Roermond, which was there for about 3 years. This exhibition led to many more and I am very happy to say that I daily still enjoy making my art with a tremendous passion.

Inspiration
Ancient symbols and artifacts not only contain the world’s oldest mysteries but also teach us a lot about who we were in the past and who we are today. Our fast and fickle societies change the world rapidly and many of us believe that the modern human is exceptionally civilized and intelligent. How little do we know…

By exploring and combining elements from the past with those from the present, more and more pieces of the puzzle fall in place. Exactly these observations stimulate the creative part of my brain and feed my inspiration (Source reference: https://www.franslemeer.nl/about/).

Website: https://www.franslemeer.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/franslemeer/

Geometric art made by Chineze artist and graphic designer Jen Du

Jen Du is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer based in Beijing. Her artwork is focusing on geometric art.
She uses simple basic geometric shapes with her iconic luxurious colors to create an abstract view, landscape, object, figure or mysterious atmosphere.

Jen Du used to work in architecture design industry for almost a decade, not a designer but the office manager. However, she thinks architecture might deeply affect her a lot from then on and she found what she really into was design.

While working she studied fashion design in BIFT (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology) for a year and got the basic training of sketching and drawing, color series, etc. After that, she applied to Parsons the New School for Design for Fashion Studies, successfully got enrolled but did not go to New York eventually because several unfinishe projects still needed her help . She also worked as a fashion editor for a website for a while but was not interested in it at all.

Jen Du started to paint since 2017 , totally self-learning. She tried all kinds of media and materials, watercolor, ink, acrylic, oil, mix media… and watched tons of Youtube videos to learn how and experimented and paint a lot. Meanwhile she also learned art history through documentaries, books and visiting museums and galleries frequently, got to know all the painters and their paintings, and the stories behind. She found she was so in love with art.

After years of exploring her art style she found geometric shapes is the best way to express herself. It is the most simple but complex form, everything relates to it, from the portion of human body to the composition of the universe.
Every single line or shape has their own voice and meaning, especially when they come together, there’s always a golden position and ratio for each of them, they could say thousand words, like the note in the music (Source reference: http://www.jen-du.com/about/).

Website: http://www.jen-du.com/shop/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jen.du/

Impressionistic landscape painting by Dutch artist Marcel Straver

From an early age I have been creatively active and in 2010 I started painting. In addition, I have been an independent graphic designer for more than 30 years. I studied at the Graphic MTS in Amsterdam and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht.

I work both autonomously and on assignment. In the latter case, we first make an appointment to discuss the wishes, after approval on a first sketch I will work to make a unique painting as desired. I naturally ask for the necessary artistic freedom and at the same time show the same professional approach as with my design work.

Inspired by casual scenes in the small nature around me, I paint my own version of this on canvas. Trees in a field with rapeseed or fluteweed, a winding road with trees, a roadside full of wild flowers or poppy. When I walk past or cycle past it, I make a simple snap. In my studio I will then elaborate on this. Sometimes this isn't until months later. I work according to my style: short strokes with the flat brush. Usually in acrylic, because this fits my way of painting, but sometimes also in oil or watercolor. With this 'coarse pointilling' I make an impression of what I observed. I usually try to bring the image back to the essence. Regionally, I get the result I want. A meditative process that always leads to a very colorful result: my colored world! (Source reference: https://marcelstraver.nl/biografie/).

Website: https://marcelstraver.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcelstraver/

Contemporary portrait painting by Belgian Artist Griet Cornille aka grietgriet

Griet Cornille aka grietgriet from Ostend, Belgium enjoys playing with colours and shapes on paper from an early age. Her creative itch remains a talent that has long been hidden from the outside world. In her room and later in her own house, she paints and draws but shows it to few people. This will change when she goes to the art academy for a year in 2015, where she gains more self-confidence to show her art.

Grietgriet mainly makes portraits. Sometimes the process takes days to get from an idea to the final result, but sometimes she starts without a plan and follows her feelings, with the result that the portrait is ready on canvas in a few hours. When she starts from an existing person, she likes to bring out the beauty but also the vulnerability of the person. Their story is the story behind the portrait and is therefore very important. Those stories come from personal conversations in which about a hundred photos are taken. She uses these photos to make sketches on loose sheets, which she almost finishes completely and processes them in collages in a book or it ends up in passe-partouts. An image is selected from these sketches, which she further elaborates on canvas with acrylic paint.

Women in particular are portrayed by her hand because being a woman is a big part of her identity and she feels strongly connected to other women and the bond between women intrigues her.

Grietgriet gets inspiration mainly from her daily life. The North Sea and the city of Ostend are an important part of this. While cycling through the city, she thinks about portraits and new ideas are formed. In the summer she loves that she can observe people unabashedly, looking at their facial contours behind her sunglasses. She dreams about colours, about the right nuances. Her kitchen table is her studio, there is always paint within reach so that every small or big moment is used with painting.

Website: https://www.grietgriet.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grietgriet_/

Realistic portrait art made by Dutch artist Tonny Holsbergen

Tonny Holsbergen
the Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1952

Graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the National Academy for Visual Arts in Amsterdam.
Specializations: portraitist and orientalist.

As a portraitist, Tonny finds it important that a portrait is not only “similar”, but that the character traits of the person are also expressed.
As an Orientalist, Tonny travels through Oman, Yemen, Qatar and the Emirates. Contact with the Bedouins in the desert has resulted in a large series of paintings, pastels, drawings and also glass objects.

Tonny Holsbergen is a versatile artist. In addition to portraits, Tonny is involved in pastel, pen drawings, watercolor, oil paint, autonomous work and glass objects.

With pastel, the soft transitions of the colors, sometimes for a very detailed execution. Also a picturesque structure with pastel is a feast for the eyes. Even a “sketch” in line and keys gives a beautiful result. Combining it with silver leaf or gold leaf gives it a very “own” character.

Drawing is, according to Tonny, the mother of all art. The magic begins with the first line. It is mainly “the art of omission” that makes it so fascinating. The drawings by Tonny Holsbergen are washed sepia pen drawings with reed pen and here and there heightened with white or color (watercolor). The paper is very special; it comes from Nepal, handmade and contains pieces of mica and silver. This gives the drawing an extra dimension.

According to the artist, the use of watercolor technique requires control and accuracy in color and shape. Taking into account the white of the paper, a set key can hardly be corrected.

Tonny's autonomous work encompasses various disciplines and genres. Tonny works for months, sometimes years on one theme. People and animals play an important role in this. Characteristic of her work is the “movement” and liveliness.

Tonny Holsbergen also makes graphics (etchings and woodcuts), and illustrations for books and newspapers, as well as CD covers.
Using “glass fusion” technique, she designs various objects and dishes, in a rich variety of shapes and colors (Source reference: https://tonnyholsbergen.com/).

Website: https://tonnyholsbergen.com/

Realistic portrait art made by Dutch artist Enno Paulusma

Enno Paulusma
the Netherlands, Amersfoort, 1959.

Is a painter of realistic work. He prefers to paint portraits.
The art lies in capturing the character and / or the state of mind.

In addition to portraits, he also makes other work. He has made a series of paintings of "la Semana Santa" (the Spanish Easter). In essence, this is a portrait of how Easter is celebrated in Spain.

His main objective is that the work evokes an emotion, positive or negative, as long as it moves.
Reaching eyes, so that the work is seen, is more important than selling.
In addition to being a painter, he is also a poet.

Website: https://www.ennopaulusma.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ennopaulusma/

Linocut print art made by Dutch artist Pauline van Buringen

In 2010 I started painting. First inside, then outside, because Jim Harris' lessons had made me enthusiastic about painting 'en plein air' directly in oil. After taking the necessary steps, I can translate a subject into my own 'graphic realism': a geometric image with high contrast. And not only architecture.

I like to create order in the daily excess of impressions. I am fascinated by light, shadow and reflection. Sources of inspiration are Bauhaus / De Stijl 'The New Building' and contemporary architecture. The simplicity of steel, glass and concrete really appeals to me.

I have painted in Amsterdam but also in London (Chelsea Harbor), Cologne (Hauptbahnhof and Rheinauhafen) and Charolles, France. I also experiment with materials such as with oil pastel on paper and making linoprints. I also increasingly work with photos, sketches or 100% from fantasy (Source reference: https://vanburingen-art.nl/nl/over%20mij)

Website: https://vanburingen-art.nl/nl/home
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulinevanburingen.art/

Contemporary realistic art made by Spanish artist Josep Moncada

Josep Moncada (Maó 1967), is an artist who looks into the depth of the aquatic world to visualize and paint a reality that fades into a thousand shapes and colors, becoming an instant of charm and fascination. He is a conjurer who photographically captures a microsecond of the magic and mysteries that appear under water, with the power to capture them on canvas and with the virtue of moving even the most neophyte spectator in art. Influenced perhaps by his zodiac sign, this Pisces explores the underwater universe and, at the same time, relates to the subconscious and that hidden dimension that beats under the threshold of what is achievable and existent.

His works are moments of a situation in constant evolution. In his paintings are reflected moments that would go unnoticed if they were not collected and examined by his inquiring eyes and then stamped and immortalized on a canvas with his color palette. An identical job to a psychoanalyst when he scrutinizes the subconscious of his patient. In this sense, it is not by chance that the background tones that predominate in his creations are turquoise blue along with green in its different shades. Colors coming from the refreshing and relaxing waters of the Mediterranean that bathe wonderful corners on the island of Menorca.

The whole set with amazing and magical results, leaving a work of evident emotion and beauty that, without any doubt, leaves no one indifferent. (Source reference: https://www.virtualgallery.com/galleries/josep_moncada_a14153/sinopsis_c3891)

Website: http://www.josepmoncada.com/ & https://www.virtualgallery.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josepmoncada/

Surrealistic art made by Dutch artist Thea Vos

Thea Vos (1956)

In my work, people and animals are represented in all kinds of ways. Sometimes alone, often several figures on a canvas. The people stare at you, whether or not in their nudity. They seem soulless, lonely, their words silenced. There are often masks, blindfolds and face-or headless figures to be seen. Sometimes figures are caged. Girls have a pop-like appearance. The dog often traverses this image. My fascination goes out to the emotion. The emotion as a universal fact, independent of culture, race and zeitgeist. The emotional deformities that occur when young people are taught to behave appropriately.

The painting process is the search for what is real and what has been learned or imposed. While painting I search for objectification of the image that is being created. By painting away parts of the work or sometimes adding new elements, I "de-bite" my subject. Layer by layer. Until only that which really matters remains. In this way a process of individuation takes place while painting, a broadening of consciousness, which, in the words of Jung, "leads to adulthood, to what you have always been".

I paint the awakening of the female image, no longer hindered by the girl who was hindered by her upbringing and family history. For my paintings I use an image archive, a collection of images via the internet, from newspapers and by photographing myself.
The images I choose are always loaded with memory or recognition. A painting often starts with a collage, which is intuitively composed from this collection of images. I prefer to work in acrylic, because this material allows sanding, polishing and washing. I use silk-screen printing and transfer techniques to create depth, sharpening and blurring in the painting in order to express past and desire.

A work can sometimes stand a long time in wait, only to be suddenly tackled again. I do not hesitate to change the image drastically. The work must always meet the criterion that it is "real". Only then is the work completed ( Source reference: https://www.theavos-art.nl/)

Website: https://www.theavos-art.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thea.vos/

Screen print art on paper made by Dutch artist Marieke Noort

Marieke Noort
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Graduated from the Arnhem School of the Arts in 1992.
Marieke Noort is an independent visual artist and designer from 1994 to today. Her fields of activity are visual arts, with graphics such as monotype and screen printing, drawing, photography and design for public space.

Marieke is also involved in creating exhibitions and arranging the furnishings in galleries, museums and other art spaces.

In addition, Marieke is involved in the organization, selection and development of 'green' / art / educational projects, web design and advice regarding digital media (Source reference: http://mariekenoort.nl/).

Website: http://mariekenoort.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marieke.noort/

Contemporary portrait art made by Dutch artist Patricia Derks

Painting, it's wonderful to do. Displaying one's own thought on canvas; an expression of what you feel; think about what's to come; watching what others are doing; what is happening in contemporary art? In what way? All research before the paint gets on the canvas.
Set up quickly, sketched out in various ways, with many contrasts: light-dark, thick-thin, and especially on large canvases with oil paint. My style.
A passion inherited from my father and fueled by the Arendonk academy. For example, I am always looking for new subjects, different techniques, always different. Sometimes surprising, sometimes nothing at all. A process, a fun process. You show yourself in paintings. The handwriting. The composition. The use of color. You paint yourself ( Source reference: http://www.patriciaderks.com)

Website: http://www.patriciaderks.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patriciaderks/

Contemporary portrait art made by Dutch artist Hein Kocken

Hein Kocken (Utrecht, 1945) is a Dutch visual artist, with the disciplines of autonomous and monumental sculpture, autonomous painting and commissioned work. He is known for both figurative and abstract work.
Kocken spent his childhood in Utrecht, where he first came into contact with art with his grandfather, the glazier Henricus Kocken. At the age of eighteen he trained as a drawing teacher at the National School for Drawing Teachers in Amsterdam. Then he studied as a student of Prof. VPS Esser sculpture at the National Academy for Visual Arts in Amsterdam.
After two years of classical training, he left the academy. Strongly inspired by Henry Moore, his career as a monumental sculptor began with the first sculptures modeled in plaster. As a sculptor he looked for materials that are cheap yet reasonably durable. For example, his first sculptures were made from sheet material, hammered into the correct shape, welded, forged, cut and patinated.

In 1969 he left for Alde Leie in Friesland, where large bronze sculptures were now being made. The cantilevered sheet metal bodywork was soon replaced by this bronze alloy technique: "brass" with an appearance that is not inferior to cast bronze. In this way, large sculptures could be realized for little money that were made entirely in our own studio.
Kocken's career as a sculptor came to an end around the 1980s, when democratization was also strictly enforced in commission policy and government contracts were only awarded through public subscription. A period with many other activities such as ship restorations, interior / design and renovations followed. The word "art" became a curse.
For example, the blood turned out to go where it actually cannot go… to do something in art again. He then made a few small sculptures, with which he was successful beyond expectations. In 2001, after forty years, he started painting again.
Besides non-figurative work, Kocken now also makes a lot of figurative work; both directions are represented in both painting and sculpture. In his series 'Masquerade' he has portrayed a number of very large-format figures on Japanese rice paper, which immediately begs the question: "Is this specifically the person?" or "Is he / she hiding behind a mask?" At present, portraying is the most important activity in the work. (Source reference: https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hein_Kocken).

Website: https://heinkocken-art.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kocken.hein/

Handwoven textile art made by British artist Margo Selby

Margo Selby is a British textile artist making visionary lampas hand-woven artworks. These works are both painterly, in regard to the optical mixing of pure colour – and sculptural, due to the phyicality of woven thread as a mode of construction.

She established her eponymous textiles company in 2003 and now leads a small team of designers and makers in her Whitstable studio, creating her own range of fabric and products.

'Art Into Industry’ is Margo Selby’s description of her personal ethos – connecting her hand-woven art practice with the design and production of decorative, functional textiles for the commercial market.

An example of this approach is the fabric Assembly, a design that relates closely to Margo’s artworks, especially the Tessellation Series, in its aesthetic. In Assembly Margo explores how colour and structure unite, how yarn can be blended, concealed and revealed within a cloth to create abstract colour studies.

Margo says: “I wanted to create a vivid cloth evocative of my hand-woven artworks, crossing the boundaries between art and design”.

The industrially manufactured cloth is developed from hand-produced samples woven on the same 24 shaft dobby loom Margo uses to create her artworks. This process engages the craft of the hand-weaver, followed by commercial development through extensive sampling with the skilled technicians at industrial textile mills, challenging the capabilities of their looms (Source reference: https://www.margoselby.com/)

Website: https://www.margoselby.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margoselbystudio/

Chromesthetic geometric paintings inspired by music made by American artist Angela Johal

Angela Johal grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60s and 70s. Her smooth, pristine, geometric, hard edge paintings are reflective of the California hard edge and psychedelic artists, textile designs and music from that period. In 1985, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from San Jose State University and currently paints full time in her San Francisco Bay Area studio.
Johal calls her paintings “Chromesthetic Geometrics” because they are created in accompaniment to music where both together react directly upon the emotions, where there is a blending of the senses, a chromesthetic experience where heard sounds evoke an experience of color on the canvas. She believes that it is possible for the viewer to experience sound when they view her paintings. Many of her paintings are titled after musical terminology.
It is important to her that her paintings be truthful. “I want the flatness of the painting and color to be the subject, which is reflective of the Colorfield painters. My goal is to create illusions of 3D space with mainly flat color. I used to feel that my illusions were false when I painted in a realistic manner. My paintings also have a slight Op effect, which helps to create a movement and rhythm”.
The artistic process begins with drawing multiple sketches or cutting and arranging shapes and gluing them down on paper until she is satisfied with the composition, one that is balanced and energetic. A final plan is drawn up with dimensions and transferred to a sanded canvas using straight edges, templates or compasses. She uses heavy body acrylics while applying varying widths of tape onto the canvas to achieve a neat, hard edge. Halo effects form on the edge where two colors meet similar to the effects of the early Pointillist painters.
The painting process involves little planning as colors appear randomly. She likes to “risk all” and allow the music to influence her color choices intuitively. “It’s like a puzzle, a balancing act, and sometimes I purposely add a toxic color halfway just to challenge myself where I then have to save it from disaster. This, strangely enough, usually makes my painting better, and less predictable. The viewer keeps looking for a color pattern and keeps looking, but can’t find one”. This is most intriguing to her painting process, to keep the viewer rhythmically moving about her work which she believes, has a calming effect.
Geometric shapes appear in most of Johal’s work because she believes that these shapes are easily understood by people of all ages, races, nations and cultures and speak to everyone, can be easily understood and very complicated at the same time. “Geometric shapes are a balance between the world that is visible and the world that is invisible. They reach beyond what the eye can see.” ( Source reference: https://johalgeometrics.com/new-page-1)

Website: https://johalgeometrics.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johal_geometrics/

Realistic portrait drawing by Canadian artist Justin Maas

While many would describe my work as realistic or traditional, the main focus of my paintings is the concept of light.

​Technical skill is certainly a part of my craft but I believe that the real key to creating art is to elevate it beyond pure ability or skillful use of a brush. Regardless of the subject, style or media, the one thing that ties any of my paintings or drawings together is an attempt to translate what we see as lights (and darks) into a 2 dimensional piece.

I hope that my work communicates to you and I would love to hear your thoughts or comments should you be willing to share them.

Justin Maas was born in the 1970s in Hartford Connecticut. His parents moved to Canada before his 3rd birthday and it is the country he has called “home” ever since, becoming a Canadian Citizen roughly 10 years later.

Justin studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of British Columbia and received a degree in Visual Communications from the Alberta College of Art & Design. Justin has worked full time as a professional illustrator, fine artist and graphic designer for nearly 20 years (Source reference: http://www.justinmaas.com/about-me.html).

Portret: Scarlett Johansson

Website: http://www.justinmaas.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maas.art/

Paper collage art made by Dutch artist Vincent Schiphorst

Portrait photography and digital image editing have become a passport to creative freedom for me. No jumble of disciplines. Not a twelve-in-a-dozen. Only one starting point applies to me: a strong portrait! In addition to photography, I started to be creative again since 2018. At the moment I make so-called collage art with the help of old magazines and books. These can be performances such as LP covers, movie posters, but also my own portraits that I have made before. In addition, I carried out several assignments where I also made the portrait photos myself to later convert them into collage art (Source reference: Vincentschiphorst.nl)

Website: https://www.vincentschiphorst.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/___vncnt___/

Contemporary art made by Dutch artist Frank Hollywood

Frank Hollywood is an esteemed Dutch contemporary artist. Frank studied at the St. Joost academy of art in Breda, the Netherlands, where he early on sought out the boundaries of autonomous and commercial art. His works explore the tensions between the past, present and future. Not interested in simply reimagining the past, Frank draws on a collective visual memory of the past, to present us with something truly new and exceptional.

Similar to the renaissance masters, his visceral works are fraught with allegorical symbols. However within Frank’s works the symbols are entirely modern. In spirit of the old masters, Frank also aims to be an archetype of the Modern Renaissance artist, the "uomo universale". Not limited to one specific medium or technique, his body of works range from oil paintings to marble sculptures. Using a range of mediums he sees fit to convey his message.

His highly sought after techniques have certainly garnered the attention of the art world (Source reference: https://frankhollywood.com/pages/about-frankehollywood)

Website: https://frankhollywood.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankehollywood/

Sculpture art made by Dutch artist Kieta Nuij

I have been working as a sculptor since 1984. Initially I mainly worked in clay, for over 25 years I have been making sculptures in bronze. My sculptures have their own visual language, in which form, texture and patines are in an exciting balance. The shapes are not pre-conceived, but present themselves during the creative process in my studio. They manifest themselves in my inner self and parallel to that in the material I work with. Until the moment when inside and outside coincide and the image reveals itself. This is how the inner comes into focus in my work. The invisible makes itself visible. It becomes tangible, touchable, but not cuddly. There is still movement, grace and beauty, but also tension and struggle and inescapable transience. The soul takes shape. The human figures are the carriers. They bring the soul into the world, bring it to light (Source reference: https://kietanuij.nl/bio-en-cv/).

Website: https://kietanuij.nl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kieta_nuij_sculptures/

Pop art wooden portrait made by Dutch artist Mart de Brouwer

Mart de Brouwer - 26 december 1955
Graphic School Eindhoven - department Repro

Mart is well known for his wall objects, which are unusual and attractive to the eye. He developed a new technique of painting and using fire.
The process starts by using qualitatively material like wood. Mart burns it and finally paints it. In addition to the burned and painted wall objects, Mart makes puzzled objects, for which he uses many colors of paint.
Creating other interior objects like tables, mirrors, cabinets and many others is also part of Mart's expertise.
He also provides the service of restyling existing objects. While restyling, he maintains his own creativity in a natural way.
Mart also provides commissioned work, for which he translates his creativity to the wishes of the client (Source reference: https://www.martdebrouwer.com/about-me/)

Website: https://www.martdebrouwer.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mart_de_brouwer/

Pop art portrait made by Dutch artist Ellen-Claire Boomsma-Hulsegge

I paint the soul

I work full-time as an artist and besides making portraits for private individuals and companies, I also have an enormous passion for free work.

Also in the free work, it is the portraits that I make with a great interest in the strength and power of women and the radiance and expressiveness of the eyes, in which I believe the soul can be found (Source reference: https://www.ellen-claire.nl/).

Website: https://www.ellen-claire.nl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellenclaireb/

Designart inspired by light. Dutch artist Geeske van de Molengraft

I am Geeske van de Molengraft and I was born in Eindhoven on November 5, 1977. At a young age I turned out to be able to handle pencil, marker, brush, scissors and paper well. Later this was supplemented with wool, fabric, wood and various other building materials. Designs, technology and styling also caught my attention. In short: everything that I can use my creative ideas and skills on is in good hands with me. Preferably to achieve an aesthetic and functional end result.

In the artworks of Atelier G, art meets design. They are functional (wall) objects with a thoughtful combination of materials, texture and color. The most distinctive and functional factor is light. Lighting is incorporated in all artworks. By switching on the light, not only the works of art, but also the spaces in which they hang immediately get a different atmosphere. The artworks are an instant eye-catcher and are also a special solution for unwanted dark corners (Source reference: https://www.atelier-g.nl/over-geeske-van-de-molengraft/).

Website: https://www.atelier-g.nl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ateliergeeske/

Open-Impressionism art made by American artist Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, voraciously learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors. She began commissioning paintings at age ten, and by age twelve, she was employed after school by a mural studio, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of forty-foot canvases. Two years later, a high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art, where she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating high school at age sixteen and once again demonstrating that she was a child prodigy, Hanson next attended UC Berkeley, excelling further in her studies and creative development and attaining a degree in Bioengineering. After graduating from college, Hanson entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing among the brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada and Utah, watching the seasons and the light change daily across the desert, provided endless inspiration for her work. In these beautiful surroundings, Hanson decided firmly to dedicate herself to creating one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since and has for the past decade been developing a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, which has become known as “Open-Impressionism” (Source reference: https://www.erinhanson.com/Biography).

Website: https://www.erinhanson.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinhansonartist/

Magical realism made by Dutch artist Yvonne van Woggelum

Yvonne van Woggelum - The water
Yvonne van Woggelum - The water
Yvonne van Woggelum
1958, Den Hoorn, The Netherlands

Graduated from the Arnhem School of Arts in 1997 (Autonomous Art), I have built up an oeuvre of paintings in which there is a strict formality and a strict arrangement of the composition. Most of my work therefore consists of acrylic paintings on canvas in a photo-realistic visual language and with a magical-realistic appearance. The tension that I try to build up in the work is subcutaneous, the lack of meaningful cohesion between the outer and inner world. I turn the people in my work into extras in a brought to a standstill film. Immersed in listless boredom, sometimes reflective of himself and in which man is condemned to a form of individualism. Due to the small variation in postures in the realistic group portraits, I look for order between the visual elements, a balance between rigidity and dynamics, between alienation and the everyday. It takes a lot of patience and concentration to apply the paint in thin layers on the canvas, continuously adjusting the composition until an image of compelling clarity is created. The monochrome abstract surfaces give the people a place on the canvas where they are sometimes in the foreground or somewhere between the lines ( Source reference: https://www.yvonnevanwoggelum.nl/cv-nederl.html ).

Website: https://www.yvonnevanwoggelum.nl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yvonne_van_woggelum_/

Abstract expressionistic art made by Dutch artist Jaap Knip

Jaap Knip - Wadschap
Jaap Knip - Wadschap
Born in Leeuwarden 1948.
Education City Academy Maastricht.
Techniques: Oil painting, Gouache, Graphics, Drawing, Photo, Spatial work.

Landscapes represent an important part of my work. Started in a realistic representation, we now only speak of landscape forms in an abstract expressionistic style. Many of these landscapes have the Northern area as a frame of reference, also called "Wadschap" (landscape with the dunes, clouds and sea of ​​Ameland) The dynamics of both the landscape and the portrait are my greatest motivation for painting and / or designing. Nowhere is the landscape more connected with water, land and air than in the Northern area. The apparent certainty of realism is contained in abstraction. The portrait has a different dimension to me. The landscape is independent of any interfaces whatsoever with people. For me, the portrait is the reflection of society. The inseparable image of engagement, in whatever form. Abstraction and reality are very close to each other in the portrait (Source reference: http://jaapknip.nl/biografie/).

Website: https://www.jaapknip.nl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaap_knip_art/