‘A collection of my failed ideas‘
This series of paintings show different crumpled up pieces of paper, on every painting a painted pencil line can be seen that represent my failed ideas.
This series has been painted in black and white, with many layers painted in oil/ alkyds, all blacks and greys have been made with ultramarine blue and burnt umber. The smaller paintings have been painted on hand stretched Belgian portrait linen. The Larger paintings have been painted on sturdier linen, again hand stretched, a flat ground has been applied in order to make the grain of the linen less visible. Finished in 2023, framed, varnished, signed.
These paintings stem from my long-lasting love for the still-life metier, but reduced to a very basic form. Where usually the background has turned into the main player in my work here the background has been completely removed. The shapes of the crumpled up pieces of paper I find quite interesting and that they can be rather elegant. To me they seem to posses the feel of fine porcelain or the lightness of a baroque ruff collar.
Conceptually paper plays a very important part in my art making process. Often the sketching fase is where most of the ideas take their form. The process of crumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it away is a very recognisable action for most people. As with snowflakes the likelihood of two being identical is extremely rare.