About me and my work
Early 1992, I dropped out of Rotterdam art school (now Willem de Kooning Academy), and got on a plane to Bombay in order to see, hear and smell the world, instead of only reading about it and seeing glimpses on tv – this was two years before the internet started crawling.
After four years mainly spent in India, Thailand, Australia and the UK, I returned to live in The Hague, where in those days you could still co-rent reasonably well-equipped workshops at the Vrije Academie.
I spent some time taking lessons in practical stuff like welding, woodworking etcetera, and subsequently worked as a sculptor for seven years, using wood, metal, stone and polyester, and had three sculpture exhibitions (scroll down for images). To earn some actual money, I started making wildlife paintings and wall paintings on the side, as well as cleaning toilets, windows and whatnot for some elderly people. I also taught some sculpting workshops.
Meanwhile, life happened and it made me decide to move to Thailand and live in a forest monastery near the Burmese border for an extended period, and analog-photographing the country when not trying to tame my mind. (scroll down for some images)
Now, a few twists and turns later, I find myself back in my old home town, Venlo, finally able to appreciate this wonderfully green minicity plus surroundings and thinking this is definitely one of the most blessed places/regions on this planet, in terms of human habitat.
My main fascination is still the global picture and its intricate workings, but now I mainly study it on a computer screen, piecing together and refreshing my personal frame of reference as I go.
From 2008 onward, circumstances forced me to operate in a limited fashion. I started using a Mac with Wacom tablet and – much maligned, but truly magnificent – Photoshop to create my art. In the following decade, several series of photomontages were concocted, largely from found images.
Recently, in 2020, I started drawing again. I guess what I make could be called 'outsider art'. Facing the world as it is evolving, in my current situation, this is my natural response.
In my photomontages it is probably more obvious than in my drawings: the fact that I'm trying to create something inherently valuable and 'out of this world' from pieces I take from this world.
In my drawings I'm still searching. The past year I have spent full time experimenting with papers, charcoal, pastel, as well as subject matter.
My drawings can be organised into series in a way very similar to my photomontages. Each series has its own roots in my personal history, and its own way of generally relating to the phenomena constituting that which us 'wise' apes call reality (werkelijkheid, in Dutch).
Basically, I draw what I like, with the intention to catch it in a way that is revealing beyond what a photograph would show you. As I'm becoming more technically fluent, I'm having more difficulty classifying my work as 'realism', but am not sure yet what other label(s) to attach.
In recent years, I have (due to personal circumstances) not exhibited my work in a physical setting. It is, however, always on display at various sites online. Make sure you view it on a large screen.
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