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?
Floor van het Nederend
From early childhood, Floor van het Nederend has been fascinated by comics. He was (and is) a big fan of Belgian cartoonists Hergé and Franquin. His style is a mixture of underground comics and punk flyers; raw, dark and mostly made with black ink. The images Floor creates are brutal and direct, but at the same time drawn with concentrated precision.
Lonneke van der Palen
With the seemingly motionless setting sun tracing the outlines of a distant landscape, Lonneke wanders into an uncanny world. Bright pink doors in the land of the Hopi people in Utah. The backdoor 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. Being specialized in revealing the vibrant aesthetic of even the most mundane, they are a source of renewed amazement to Lonneke. While straying from the highlighted route, she sees see a mirage of found objects waiting to be photographed.
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)
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.