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."
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.
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.
Summer, acrylic paint on linen, 120 × 100 cm.
Backlight, oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm.
Garden II, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.
Glass house, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm (sold)
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.
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.
Renske van Enckevort
Renske van Enckevort explores the human tendency to fool ourselves. For example, by investigating the concept of falling. When we fall, we find it hard to accept that we are falling. Even something which is no longer preventable, we try to cover by keeping up appearances. Van Enckevort also sees these human inconsistencies in the park near her: built by people to be close to nature, but at the same time polluted with trash, as can be seen in her series Quick and Dirty.
Quick-and-Dirty I, acrylic on canvas, 135 x 160 cm, 2016.
Quick and Dirty II, acrylic on canvas, 135 x 160 cm, 2016.
Men, acrylic on canvas, 165 x 250 cm, 2015.
Goodmorning Sunshine, acrylic on canvas, 125 x 160 cm, 2015.
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.
Olivier Schimmel creates abstract paintings that bring together the events and emotions of daily life. For Schimmel painting is a battle, with himself and with the chaos around him. Starting from subconscious outbursts, through his emotional inner world, his journey leads past a multitude of materials and techniques to his contrasting, unique imagery. It is abstract, but it opens room for recognition and discovery in the viewer.
House, oil on canvas, 135 x 120 cm.
Untitled, mixed media on canvas, 55 x 55 cm.
Untitled, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.
Untitled, mixed media on canvas, 125 x 125 cm.
Gate, mixed media on canvas, 130 x 120 cm.
Niklas Hallman’s work displays the vivid background in between the conservatorium and the streets of Helsinki, he reflects both the conservative classical music world and subcultural interests. Hallman revels in inconsistencies and paradoxes, even when it comes to self-reflection: he highly appreciates his own work and yet wants to bite his paintings. He cherishes contradictions in language, in what we do and in why we do what we do, as he says himself: “Oh my, the sweet oh baby Jesus got attitude but I can’t get at all what he’s saying.”
LEX, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 140 cm, 2017.
Truly Mine, Never Yours, mixed media on canvas, 145 x 140 cm, 2017.
Spud, mixed media on canvas, 33 x 28 cm, 2017.
GOSH and out, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 2016.