GENERAL PUBLIC PRESENTS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Selected works now available at the Jean de Merry Showroom in Los Angeles. An exhibition of works by Alexandria Rose, Darel Carey, Isabella Innis, Justine Hutchinson, Sarah Bird, Kali Sanders, Sallie White and Seb Sweatman.
Unlike the current method of printing, which is merely a flat poster version of a painting, our textured prints are nearly identical to the original with all the texture and articulation created by the artist. I like to think of the originals like sculpture molds, and that the prints are as valuable as the original painting. A SYNOGRAPH ™ like a photograph, allows the artist to create multiple works from the original, thereby taking great paintings out of galleries and making them available to the GENERAL PUBLIC.
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PAUL VAN RIJ
LAREN, THE NETHERLANDS
The beauty of the passing of time - gradual decay and the layering of aging - is a constant source of fascination. The voice that Paul Alexander van Rij seeks to capture and expresses in images is the voice of the elements that slowly but surely impose their will on matter. Paul van Rij lives and works in Laren, Netherlands.
The Dutch. Innovators, explorers and artists, the Dutch have always been cutting edge and making history because of it. When you think of art I can almost guarantee you think of a Dutch painter. Rembrandt? Dutch. Van Gogh? Dutch. Vermeer? Dutch. What about de Kooning, Mondrian and Escher -Yup all Dutch. Well, add Paul Van Rij to your list of Dutch artists making a lasting mark.
Paul Van Rij is a talented, self taught painter who lives and works in The Netherlands. His influences are industrial themes with a strong sense for color palette inspiration coming from nature. You can see in his work the depth of time and skill that goes into piece, layer by layer a story is told. We asked Paul some questions about is practice and his responses are as deep as his work.
What is your favorite ART MOVEMENT?
AbEx for sure. 50’s and 60’s de Kooning, Kline and Motherwell most of all.
What influences your color palette?
I mostly use earth colors, tar, rust, and black & white. Many of my paintings have an industrial theme. But more and more color comes in. Light blue and dark yellow.
FIG 1. FRANZ KLINE IN THE STUDIO
What is the inspiration for White Fences 5?
It is a section of a wooden fence. I often paint surfaces. Can be wood, stone, leather, concrete, iron. I am interested in the surface of an object, like a fence or a floor, wall gets interesting after time, use and weather. Old layers of paint surface again. It should always be abstract and not realistic, but I want to come close to the skin of an object.
Many series are about the skin.
In this case it also contains a piece of rusted iron. Old Industrial sites are inspiring. Same for old parts of cities. I once had an exhibition in Antwerp called: The Beauty of Urban Blight. There are two series that are meant to be more impressionistic: Cap Ferrat and Berlin Noir. Although even in those paintings it it not difficult to see a surface in them.
What do you do when you aren't painting?
Reading, studying, thinking about paintings at hand. But also of course we go out to see friends etc. and we travel a lot. I get a lot of inspiration during traveling.
I am lucky to have studios and storage in my house so I often go back to the studio to have a look at paintings that I am working on, and then go back into the house.
Do you listen to music while you paint?
Yes always. Cannot paint without it. From Bach, Goldberg Variations f.i. to jazz: Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Nils Frahm. And many more.
When you start painting do you have a specific vision in mind or let the process guide the way?
Often I make a quick sketch. Mostly pattern and color scheme. If not on paper I have an idea in my head. But many times the result is quite different from the idea. As Franz Kline said: “”The first stroke is the beginning of a situation””.
You go on from there and experiment. In most paintings there is a large portion of coincidence. But due to experience and technique you can influence the outcome. I call it controlled coincidence.
What is the Local art scene like near you?
Lots of beautiful museums in Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Lots of artist live in Amsterdam, being the capital of the Netherlands, and many galleries.
Are you more inspired by organic shapes or geometric?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM?
Oil on canvas.
What is your favorite thing to eat after a day in the studio?
Nothing special. I often take a coffee or a beer.
What do you think makes a house a home?
Lots of art in your house!! Buying art is an emotional thing. So after a while you are surrounded by emotions. (and of course: making art is the summon of emotion). It is a joy to have art in your house.
What is your most prized possession?
My health! Beats all material possessions! And if you have love around you, you are a very happy person.
But of course: possessing beautiful art is also valuable.
Who taught you how to paint?
I am self-taught. Started painting in 1991 from scratch because I had to and it never stopped since then. There were images in my mind that had to get out. Very strange.
So after a lot of reading and studying and trail and error a developed my own style. First in acrylic and since 2009, oil.
Any tips to pass on to young aspiring painters?
Practice, practice, and experiment 10 hours a day and never give up. Travel a lot and see things, talk with other artists.
And forget everything you were taught.
- Paul Van Rij
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