I don't live to paint, I wish that was so. But each time I paint I develop and learn more. What I mostly enjoy to paint are portraits.
THE THREE SURF GRACES
acrylic on canvas 100x100cm 2015
For the first time I paint with the grisaille technique that was thought to me by painter Frans Franciscus. It's a classic way of painting. We had to take a classic work that inspired us and give it our own contemporary touch. As I love surfing, and Curaçao, I combined it all with 3 Curaçao babes and their surf boards. Based on the painting The Three Graces from Rubens.
YOU CAN TOP UP HERE
acrylic on canvas 150x200cm 2014
In advertisement in Curaçao much discrimination is still found. What was shocking to me is the Chippie phone top-up card, that portrays 2 white people holding their mobile phones in their hands and 4 black people just sitting around them, admiring them. They are sitting on a sofa on a deck of a boat.
I switched it around.
COUSIN WITH THE GOLDEN EAR RING
acrylic on canvas 60x80cm 2015
A Facebook profile picture of my cousin inspired me to paint her face. But her picture had this Vermeer-ish vibe. So I decided to go ahead and do the grisaille technique again, taking a classic painting as the basis.
NEW FOUND FRIEND IN CUBA
acrylic on paper A5 format. 2015
Made some friends in Cuba while I was there for the Havana Biennial in 2015. One of them was the chatty Nelson. I loved to hear his stories. He spoke slowly and clear and I learned quite a lot about anything Cuban (music, history, the arts etc) from this friend. I mailed him this drawing with a letter and some Cuban dollars I had left over. I have no idea if he received andy of it.
MOTHER OF TWO
acrylic, resin on wood 50x80cm 2016
Portrait made in Cuba of a wife and mother of 2. She is a shy young mother who stayed in the background, they sell fruit on the streets in Havana.
acrylic on canvas 60x80cm 2008
Murals of my former neighbors in Amsterdam are based on a series of paintings called 'Buren van de Platanenweg'. The neighbors were elected by the street and their faces are charming the buildings still.