Painting is both the best and the worst thing in my life. A successful painting is my biggest pride, a failed one my worst enemy. And because I like to paint with great risk, I mess up quite often. But I like the challenge of letting the painting get out of my control, and then try to regain it. I paint from pictures I took while traveling or walking around in Amsterdam. I often combine pictures to tell a different story and to make the scenes stranger. Whatever I paint, it always gets quite dramatic and dreamy.
I paint with oil, acrylic and I sometimes use crayons, charcoal and pencil on top. I also used to use flour in my paint, but I stopped that because the mice in my studio seemed to love flour.
'Welcome II' - 2018 - For Sale
A loving view on the other.
'Streetlight / enlightenment' - 2018 - For Sale
A streetlights in Jeruzalem might be mistaken for a divine intervention. It might as well be the other way around.
'Outside - inside' - 2018 - For Sale
Finnish indoor lake.
'The bananaman' - 2016 - For Sale
Scene about hard labor in the Amazon. The man is physically absorbed by his trade. This scene took place in Iquitos, Peru.
'Treats' - 2018 - For Sale
Personal danger. Feeding his psychological demons.
'Treats (detail)' - 2018 - For Sale
'Sun rising over the Djoser kids' - 2018 - For Sale
Chlorine, spotlights, walls and cabins.
'Abstract leasure' - 2018 - For Sale
The best day I (n)ever had - 2018 - For Sale
This is the family of someone else. It’s the Maroccan family of a friend I met in the super market. Though interviews and conversations his history came to live for me.
'Luminous Muslimas' - 2016 - Not For Sale
'Playfull borders' - 2018 - For Sale
'Lilly season' - 2013 - Sold
'Fatal borders' - 2012 - Destroyed
Being born on the wrong side of a particular arbitrary border can be a sad matter.
'Buenas tardes' - 2016 - Destroyed
'The cubist' - 2014 - For Sale
My drawings contain different subjects. Lately, I like playing with light, it gives me a sense of well-being. Drawing light makes me feel lighter somehow. I also draw scenes of entertainment and leisure. Some of it is directly drawn from my own life, other drawings are more ideas or concepts. My drawings aren't as dreamy as my paintings. They are more concrete. That's why some subjects need to be drawn and others painted.
'Red String Rabbi' - 2018 - For Sale
This gigantic Rabbi was handing out blessed strings in the scoching sun, wearing a black suit. He must be very devoted… Made at the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv
'Lightworks' - 2018 - For Sale
Lightfestival in the holy city of Jerusalem.
'Buying some olives' - 2018 - For Sale
At the beautiful Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
'Studio Entrance: Attol' - 2018 - For Sale
'Person looking at drawing' - 2018 - For Sale
'Heaven is up there(?)' - 2018 - For Sale
'The exit' - 2018 - For Sale
'Los idiotas' - 2015 - Destroyed
'Slippery slides I' - 2014 - For Sale
Illustration about the addictive effect of entertainment and thrills.
'Slippery slides II' - 2014 - For Sale
Illustration about the new built hostels and hotels. Local culture and customs might suffer under the pressure of the visitors.
'Slippery slides III' - 2014 - For Sale
The invitation to the promoted event is well funded. Maybe even more so then the attraction itself. The focus is on luring you in. The creation is fundamentally cheap and not built to last.
'Slippery slides IIII' - 2014 - For Sale
'Slippery slides V' - 2014 - For Sale
This constuction is built to fuck with you.
'Omao' -2014 - For Sale
Tourism is fun and all, but also creates a trail of filth. Hotels and all-you-can-eat restaurants grow in the most idyllic places.
'Selfportrait' - 2015 - For Sale
'Miscellaneous' - 2012 - Destroyed
'Natte zomers, muffe nachten' - 2014 - Destroyed
'Studing vegetables' - 2010 - Sold
'Baths' - 2012 - Sold
Installation about leaving your country of origin. In this case, the group of people leaves because of life threatening danger. There is a fragile string attached to the place they leave from. The question is, how many strings will keep intact? Probably most of them will never get back to this dark and barren spot. But who knows.
The people are made from everyday objects and found stuff. The robes are made of plaster and paper mache. Some of the people are mothers carrying their baby's, some are crippled and one is pregnant.
De Verre Vriend
This project is about culture, identity and religion. For about 3 months I followed a young man around who is about the same age as me. It is an Islamic, Moroccan man, with a wife and child. I barely know a thing about Maroccan culture. Most of my information is obtained by documentaries and the news. Therefore all I think I know about his culture is second hand information, I’m unconfortable with that. I want to find out things for myself.
Brahim fascinates me and many others because of his open attitude and sense of humor. We connect on many levels, but there is always a level of uneasiness on my part. For Brahim is something new to me, something culturally unknown. I don't think I'm such a mystery to him, but we’ll never know I guess.
Sorry for the upcoming language switch. The website is international, but the project is written in Dutch. Maybe in the future I will make an English version as well.
Mexico y muerte
Early November, Mexico City. It's Dia de los Muertos. The rubble of the earthquake is still scattered in some streets. While the altars are bright and the Mezcal is flowing, it might be the perfect time to think and learn about death. The markets are filled with statues of creepy saints holding money and skulls. The witch markets are equally fascinating. When I arrive in the National Museum of Anthropology I notice that Mexicans are quite occupied with the afterlife even in Pre-Hispanic times. The Mayans and Aztecs seemed nonchalant about death, and see it as a part of life. This life we have is just a phase, followed by some more. So why worry? I lived in Mexico for almost two months. My impressions can be found here.
In 2015 me and two friends went on a trip through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. This trip is still hugely influencing my work. The scenes I paint and draw are still often based on what I saw in for example the Amazon or the Andes. For about three weeks we have been in the Amazon. Starting off in Coca, Ecuador and ending in Iquitos, Peru. We traveled by boat. We slept in our hammocks or in tents on the jungle floor. We fished in the rivers, chased monkeys through the jungle on our bare feet and did an Ayahuasca trip with a Shaman.
During all this, I kept a diary. The texts are in Dutch, but luckily the images exceed the boundaries of language.
'Face of Ayahuasca' - 2015
'How to build jungle hut' - 2015
'Los gias' - 2015
'Carrion eaters' - 2015
Vultures eating the leftovers on the Belen Market, Iquitos. The pieces of meat a salesman can't sell will be fed to these birds. The meat can range from crocodile to monkey.
'Frank and the unidentified German' - 2015
'Beetle' - 2015
'Mother and daughter paddling' - 2015
'Shrunken head etc.' - 2015
'Salt angel' - 2015
'Iquitos sketches' - 2015
'Tucanos' - 2015
This old and almost forgotten craft is terribly laborious, but very rewarding. These pictures are cut and gushed out of a piece of wood. Then smeared in with ink and printed on paper by giant presses. In the About tab of this site you can find my Artist Profile movie, the process is in there as well.
'The woman' - 2016 - For Sale
I made this when I was heartbroken about a woman. They say making songs or art about those issues will heal your wounds. It didn't help at all.
'The vain' - 2015 - Sold
'San Pedro flood' - 2014 - For Sale
'Glass beach' - 2013 - For Sale
'Parents in law' - 2013 - For Sale
Meeting them for the first time in a fancy restaurant. Traumatizing.