I started to take in interest in the art of Ru van Rossem the time i acquired a large collection of small signed and dated etchings by the artist. Among them, small etchings, lithographs, art libris and new years wishes. They had some elements in common. The human figure was important as well as horses and religion.
These three elements define the works by van Rossem. Perhaps it is not your kind of art, but study these prints and you will discover that van Rossem was an etcher “pur sang”. and that the art of etching held no secrets for him.
Jacobus Willem (Ko) Oosterkerk. It has not been recently that Ko Oosterkerk was admired for his black and white , highly abstract etchings. Almost in a contstructivist way he builds his compositions, but always was free, where the constructivist set their limitations.
A few years ago (2016) there was an exhibition at the Kampen Museum, which showed all the qualities of his work through the years. Just have a look at all these wonderful works by searching with Google and you will be amazed how timeless these works are. I leafed through the van Abbemuseum catalogue from 1975 and noticed the quality of all his works. I can highly recommend this artist who is on the verge of becoming much more popular, but now still is very affordable.
I have never met the painter, but i have followed his career from the time he had his first exhibition at Steltman gallery / Amsterdam. It was a blend of realism and the fantastic what appealed to met at that time. Fassoni and Parkes were 2 other painters attached to the gallery who made paintings somewhat in the same way. Fantasy combined with a fabulous technique produced some of the nicest paintings in the early Eighties. Ferroni was one of the artists at the gallery, but what his paintings made special was the scenes he created within his paintings . Scenes that reminded me of the the chaotic scenes fellini created within his movies. Here is the text that comes from the Steltman site on Ferroni:
Giovanni Tommasi Ferroni was born in Rome in 1967. When he started painting in his father’s studio as a child, he carried on the tradition of a family of artists that goes back many generations. By working in the studio of his father Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni he was educated in much the same way his ancestors were during the baroque tradition / period.
Giovanni later studied Literature as well and specialized in Art History at the University of Rome. Both are still a source of great inspiration in his paintings today. His paintings create a beautiful fantasy world that is inhabited by all kinds of mytho-logical, historical and contemporary creatures. While Tommasi’s style and choice of subjects is influenced by the style of his ancestors, contemporary icons intrigue him as well. The resulting synthesis of classical style and subjects and contemporary analytical perspective is sometimes slightly ironic but always fantastic and delirious.
Just a short story how i found the Triptych by Guillaume Le Roy. I have been impressed by the graphic art of Guillaume Le Roy for over 15 years now. Since i began visiting specialized book auctions, i found that his works were offered on some occasions. In the beginnig i was not interested in buying them , but some 10 years ago i bought my first ” lot” which included 4 large prints ( ca. 120 x 80 cm). I began to admire his techniques and his compositions were fascinating to look at.
This was the beginning of a small collection of works by Le Roy. His black and /white ( now some are for sale at ftn art ) prints showed within the limit of the use of only black and white so many detail and shades that come alive as soon as you put them on a wall. So far the earliest of history on Le Roy and me as a collector.
2 years ago , at the november sale of which i could not visit the viewing days, my interest was raised in the catalogue when i saw a description of an item that looked to be an early print by Guillaume Le Roy. The description was not that clear but i recognized his graphic signature. I placed a written bid and i won the item…… picked it up at the auctionhouse and discovered it was a genuine Guillaume Le Roy . …. a Triptych.
Two folding panels covered on both sides with etchings and in the middle another 2 etchings. In total 6 etchings and another discovery….it was signed, numbered and dated. very hard to discover the signature, but it was there , together with the other edition information ( see the photograph with the item).
One problem, i do not have the place to present it properly, so decided to put it up for sale and now it is available for the true admirer who values and cherishes Le Roy works too.
Those of you following this blog, know that i admire the art of Massimo Rao (1950-1996). Rao was during his life represented by Gallery Steltman and Steltman published in 1992 a special edition of their Massimo Rao publication. This book was published exactly the same as the non numbered edition, but with two large differences. First, there was a very special etching included and secondly the book was published with a beautiful bright red slipcase. The etching is a true masterpiece and when you look closely at the etching ( see the close up photograph) you see that Rao “paints” with an etching needle. This very nice copy will grace my personal library and will replace the Massimo Rao publication which i had and cherished until now. It is now available at www.ftn-books.com
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20