Floor van het Nederend is fascinated by comics, especially those made by Belgian cartoonists like Hergé and Franquin. In these comics the characters experience adventures in remote parts of the world that, at the time they were made, seemed unattainable and populated by wonderful people. The same amazement can be found in the landscapes Floor draws. His style is a mix of underground comics and punk flyers: raw, dark and usually made with black ink. The images are brutal and direct, but at the same time drawn with concentrated precision. Looking at his drawings, you drift into the dream of a world you will never visit and that is so unlike your own. It is no great pity that this world remains a dream; these are hard landscapes, made for adventurers who are larger than life.
Lakes and Clouds, 2018, 29,7 x 21 cm, acrylics and ink on paper
Dried Up River, 2018, 42 x 29.7 cm, acrylics and ink on paper
Brown Bear, 2018, 42 x 29.7 cm, acrylics and ink on paper
Lonneke van der Palen
Lonneke van der Palen takes photographs using lighting that is reminiscent of a setting sun. In this way, she lures the viewer into an uncanny world. Bright pink doors in the country of the Hopi people in Utah. The back door of a restaurant in a dark alley in Seoul. A lonely shopping cart in the middle of an empty parking lot. Or a plastic bag hanging from a car in Cape Town. By specializing in revealing the vivid aesthetics of the most mundane, these objects become a source of renewed astonishment. While straying from the highlighted route, Lonneke sees a mirage of found objects waiting to be photographed.
The series Bernard Buffet by Lonneke van der Palen is about Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. He was the husband of late Queen Juliana and father of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard loved foreign food and especially exotic dishes. But what exactly was being prepared in the royal kitchen has remained a well kept secret. This mystery triggered the imagination of Lonneke. With a variety of Bernhards favourite ingredients, like in a buffet, she built meals shaped like sculptures. These installations were photographed in different places inside the Soestdijk Palace, the former home of Bernhard.
Bernard Buffet III, 2016, 52 x 37 cm, pigment print, 1/5
Jungle Riders, 2018, 60 x 45 cm, pigment print, 1/5
Please Return to the Highlighted Route, 2015, 60 x 45 cm, pigment print, 1/5
Gone South I, 2017, 27,34 x 21 cm, pigment print, 1/10
Please Return to the Highlighted Route, 2015, 27,34 cm x 21, pigment print, 1/10
Bernard Buffet I, 2016, 63 x 45 cm, pigment print, 1/5
Johan Kleinjan (42) regularly works in guest studios in Asia. In 1999 he studied for half a year as an exchange student at the Tokyo Zokei University in Japan where his fascination with Asian culture began. Later he worked in Taiwan, Beijing, Beijing and Chongqing.
For a long period of time Johan has lived in China, together with other artists and filmmakers in squatted buildings. They formed the Antistrot collective and jointly undertook projects such as murals and exhibitions. Under the pseudonym Jopie Stropie Johan once even ended up in a Japanese porn movie. Since 2010 Johan has been a member of the collective Kamp Horst.
Johan works in a distinctive, raw style that forces you to look closer at the ordinary things in life. He spent four months as artist in residence in Beijing at the Chinese Institute for Provocation, which cooperates with the Dutch Mondriaan Fund. Wherever he goes Johan takes his pencils and sketchbook. He likes to draw people in their own environment, preferably without them being aware of it. In China people eat out much more often than in the Netherlands, and crowded places such as restaurants are excellent locations for Johan to work. His drawing materials are easily hidden between all the dishes and bowls on the table.
The visual art of Kyra Sacks is about the uncertain side of life. Through an intuitive way of working, she is constantly researching and experiencing what is happening in the world within and around her. The results are loaded, isolated images and reflections combined with a strong sense of colour and space. By exploring elements such as the fragmented human body, abandoned furniture on sidewalks, vacant watchtowers and steep staircases amidst the wilderness, she explores themes such as solitude and the interplay of humans with their environments."
Always dressed in red, Eleonora Stol is a living artwork, a painter, a model and muse. In an expressive style, she creates images about lust, influenced by such things as tango and the Italian language. Her work reminds us, in technique and subject, of the Surealist movement with its automatic painting and dreamlike scenes. Dream and reality interweave, themes from art history, her personal life and popular culture are visible. Her works are built up with techniques from oil paint to graffiti and collage. They leave the beholder fascinated and intrigued.
Roma con Amore, oil on canvas, 140 x 160, 2014.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 150 x 180, 2012
Pensa a te, oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm, 2013, sold.
La forza della bestia, oil on canvas, 140 x 120 cm, 2012.
Born in the roaring twenties of a now unrecognizable Amsterdam, Anton Martineau has seen and participated in ninety years of history. His life is worth a novel. Together with the famous Lucebert, Martineau travelled France as he set out to be an artist. Later, he was associated with the famous Vijftigers group. His importance has been recognized throughout the years, resulting in solo exhibitions in museums such as The CoBrA-museum. But Martineau has always gone his own way, never wanting to belong to a single group. He has remained an unique voice in the Dutch art scene.
Sam Andrea’s paintings remind one of photographs from a generation of photographers like Larry Clarke, portraying low-lifes and outcasts on the outside of society. Andrea’s paintings have the same snap shot character and display the heat of a moment. Paintings of bar fights, car accidents, all covered with the haze of alcohol, or compelling fevered dreams about rat circuses and stunt men.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 70 x 50, sold
Untitled, oil on canvas, 70 x 90, 2016.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 70 x 90, 2016.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 80 x 100, 2016.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 120 x 80, 2016.
Marijke van Seters
Eindhoven based artist Marijke van Seters works in a slow process, where a multitude of layers creates an image. Working from extensive archives of photographs, her paintings are studies of light in nature. This results in images, which can look abstract, but always commemorate a feeling of recognition in the beholder. They appeal to the urge to regain contact with nature in an ever more complicated society.
Factory Garden, 100x150, oil on linnen
Backlight, oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm.
Factory window, 120x100, oil on linnen
Royal Purple, 80x120 oil on linnen
Painter Stikstok gives a glimpse into another world, far from us in place and time. He displays his admiration of the dusky flesh and search for a lost paradise with tropical plants and oases. But his scenes also remind one of the present. There are unmistakable references to hip hop culture.
In a period where discussions about racism in society are getting more and more fierce, Stikstok’s paintings seem to have a political message. A painting of Sophia Loren, black faced for her role of an Ethiopian princess, appears like a protest against the domination of white people in culture.
Stikstok’s paintings above all remain investigations of the subculture he is a part of and the paradise he longs for.
Sophia, acrylic on paper, 50,8 x 40,5 cm, 2016. (sold)
Birds of Paradise, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2016
Pearly Gates, acrylic on paper, 50,8 x 40,5 cm, 2017.
Thug Passion, acrylic on paper, 50,8 x 40,5 cm, 2017.
Kiri Mioki makes arty pop songs. He’s the alternative little brother of Kylie Minogue. He is 6’1” (1,86 metres) tall and has two piercings.
In his live performances, Kiri likes to collaborate with other musicians (Jesse van den Doren, Dmytro Eljetto) and a number of fashion designers. He uses his appearances, live songs and backdrop video art to give viewers a 360 degrees presentation, possibly licking his own 3D printed head in the process.
Kiri, as living art work, is represented by Galerie Fleur & Wouter.
Laura Andalou travels the world to photograph and raise awareness of conflict areas. In her work she shows cultural habits that have diminished or, on the contrary, have been amplified by Western interference. She works in a romantic style using special types of film and digital post-processing.
The series Le Rêve Rose stands for melancholy as the pastel and pink landscapes are an escape from a violent world, even when fully aware of the harsh reality. As in a lucid dream, whilst realizing that what you're seeing is part of your subconscious, Le Rêve Rose represents that breaking point. Will you choose to be part of a controlled mind's fantasy or are you ready to face reality?
The series Nausicaa was shot in Iceland to raise awareness of both the beauty and the vulnerability of mother nature. Glaciers are indicators of global warming and have reduced in size tremendously quick. In Iceland, most of the larger ones have retreated at an unprecedented speed, coinciding with the rising temperature in the northern hemisphere. Part of the proceeds from this series will be donated to The Icelandic Environment Association.
Le Rêve Rose, 2015, 1/10
Le Rêve Rose, 2015, 1/10
Le Rêve Rose, 2015, 1/10
Nausicaä I, 2018, 1/10
Nausicaä II, 2018, 1/10
Iris Haverkamp Begemann
Iris Haverkamp Begemann investigates social conventions and human behaviour in her photographs of outcasts and flamboyant types. Her main themes are equality between people and the bizarre ways humans treat the nature around them. Her camera is a weapon that humorously shows her thoughts about life and all its strange passers.