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Joncquil (1973)

Jonquil’s work is difficult to understand. It shows us common situations and features of the world, but it seems more strange than familiar. He says of himself, of his own paintings: “Usually it happens outside of our field of vision. It tells stories of everyday life as we are stunned by a reality that we are largely unaware of. I paint the moment between the question and the answer.I see motifs as a collection of planes, planes, lines, colors and angles that together take a recognizable form and give meaning. I understand and rethink their value and necessity, reconstructing these areas of light and darkness to represent the moment when form takes on content.
These images appear as physical results of searching for mundane, everyday situations that can reveal universal truths. How to make the invisible visible and the mundane eternal. The final result is not a fait accompli and leaves interpretation to the viewer. Exploration is not only in the choice of topic, but also in the choice of technology. From an early age, the artist was inspired by photography, especially chemical processes in the darkroom.
His influence can still be seen clearly in the almost cinematic light that falls on his paintings, and in the reversal from slide to slide to his negatives and vice versa. This meeting of the color spectrum appears to form a self-contained palette that reinforces the vibrations of form and meaning in the painting. Just as many early 20th-century painters used photography to capture, replicate, and equalize reality, Yonkil uses his paintings to express the truth within himself, and to bring us closer together. I chose to paint from the heart to reveal the reality inside. has the galerie Ramakers AH UM book now available.

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Piet Warffemius (1956)

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It took me 2 decades to finally appreciate Piet Warffemius his works. Personally i was not that much convinced by his early graphic works , but from the moment he depicted branches and leaves in his paintings and translated them into cortensteel “outside” sculptures, i was convinced of their quality and now we have almost 7 years now our own Warffemius sculpture ” van een naar twee” in our garden.

It is not unique, it comes from an edition of 5 copies but that does not matter. For us it was our first and until now our only outside sculpture. The most beautiful aspect is that the sculpture present itself differnntly with the change of the seasons. Cortensteel is not a evry friendly material but corrosion gives it a beautful reddisch browm patine which blends perfect with flowers and plants.

Since i have been collecting Warffemius books and found some extra ones which are now for sale at www.ftn-books


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Ossip at gallery Ramakers 8/1/17-5/2/17



The follow up on the blog of yesterday is a logic one , since today a new exhibition on Ossip, yes…. he is the son of Jan Snoeck, will open at Gallery Ramakers. I really admire Ossip now for a period of almost 25 years and have been following his artistic career during these years. Saw his exhibitions in museums, art galleries and visited his studio numerous times and have seen his works developing from 2D into static 3D and now into kinetic 3D works. This latest show at gallery Ramakers will show his most recent ones.

The show will run from the 8th of January until the 5th of February.

When you are in the neighbourhood of Galerie Ramakers, Toussainkade 51 in Den Haag do not hesitate to enter the gallery …..and visit OSSIP.

Later this year I will write a blog on the studio of Ossip….. a micro universe of strange and highly original art.

Only one publication on Ossip available at , but ….it is an important one. Designed by Gracia Lebbink and in a very small edition of only 1000 copies.