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7 December 2022
drawing Hans op de Beeck | Dandelion Clock (study), 2022 | black-and-white watercolour on Arches paper - contemporary drawing, work on paper, drawings, contemporary art

Hans op de Beeck

Dandelion Clock (study), 2022
black-and-white watercolour on Arches paper
59.4 x 49 cm

Hans op de BeeckWorks on Paper
26 November – 31 December 2022
Gallery Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Hans op de Beeck
Winter Road (study), 2022
black-and-white watercolour on Arches paper
81 x 100 cm

Hans op de Beeck
The Pond, Last Winter, 2022
black-and-white watercolour on arches paper
130 x 290 cm

[from the pressrelease]
In 2009, Op de Beeck exhibited at Rome’s historic Galleria Borghese. In dialogue with the old masters from the collection, he developed six expansive monochrome watercolours. Today, these paintings exist as part of the MAXXI (Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome) permanent collection. Since then, Op de Beeck has worked prolifically on continuing this series – a steadily growing oeuvre of watercolours. Though fully matured and autonomous works in their own right, they have evolved into a kind of picture-book, an ever-expanding universe of images.

Op de Beeck’s watercolours envisage fictional places – within these spaces dark and fairy-like characters emerge in nocturnal settings. These enigmas elicit a sense of alienation and melancholy, whilst radiating peace and tranquility in equal measure. The figures and places offer seeds for the audience to create a story.

Each of the works is painted at night, alone in a silent studio. Here, without interruption the creative process becomes one of being intoxicated with timelessness. Just as in a dream, the process is one of accessing the subconscious – a ritual of surrender to the unknown. Op de Beeck wrestles with the growing pains and obstacles of the human condition. Here, the futility of man in the face of the sublime and the natural world becomes his point of departure (…)

Op de Beeck often balances the gentle and idyllic with the disturbing and dark. Notions of mystery, the unexplainable and the fundamental loneliness of our existence recur regularly. Alongside, we see other subtly recurring motifs – still lives of banal objects as memento mori; or the micro-poetry of raindrops on water and soap bubbles floating languidly by.

Hans op de Beeck
Vanitas (flowers and soap bubbles), 2022
black-and-white watercolour on Arches Paper
118 x 147 cm

22 November 2022

Guy Vording

Black Pages VI: An Abiding Affection, 2022
aquarel pencil on paper
76 x 57 cm

Guy Vording en Stefan Serneels. Fear isn’t so difficult to understand
21 October – 26 November 2022
galerie dudokdegroot, Amsterdam

Guy Vording
Black Pages III: One was badly hurt, 2022
Aquarel pencil on paper
39 x 30 cm

Guy Vording
Black Pages VI: To another Life, 2022
Aquarel pencil on paper
40 x 57 cm

17 November 2022

Daniel Jensen

Shipwrecked, 2022
Soft pastel, Graphite and Gesso on canvas
140 x 100 cm

Daniel JensenHover on the Edge of Sleep
17 November – 18 December 2022
Alzueta Gallery, Madrid

Daniel Jensen
Tunnel Vision, 2022
Charcoal, soft pastel and gesso on canvas
140 × 100 cm

Daniel Jensen
Untitled, 2022
Soft pastel, charcoal acrylic and varnish on canvas
180 × 130 cm

13 November 2022
Nicola Tyson | Straying into the visual field, 2020 | graphite on paper - contemporary drawing, drawings, work on paper, art on paper, contemporary art

Nicola Tyson

Straying into the visual field, 2020
graphite on paper
50.8 x 37.5 cm

drawing Nicola Tyson | Self-Portrait: Tired (black turtle neck), 2017 | acrylic on paper - contemporary drawing, drawings, work on paper, art on paper, contemporary art

Nicola Tyson
Self-Portrait: Tired (black turtle neck), 2017
acrylic on paper
60.9 x 45.9 cm

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