Atelier Kapnos

Art studio in The Hague

Experimentations on the edge of decoration and painting. This is an exercise in a painting category that flourishes wildly all around. By dimming the joy in it, often shifting the balance towards dark imagery, what happens to the decorative essence, I wonder. Fatal Leaves Series of 2012: the weird and problematic relation of humans with …

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These works belong to the series titled “Humanize the Code” of 2020-21, which suggests: It is time to reconsider our progress and see us, humans, as part of a whole-one; our seeking for truth is ongoing and that is what preserves our freedom. The authority of the button should not prevail. The code, symbol of …

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This text was written in 2011 as a (quite emotional) description of this series of paintings. This series, has never been exhibited, apart from a few of the big works that were shown during an Open Ateliers weekend. “Four years ago I experienced the appearance of new roots; those of my son who took his …

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This is a series of paintings of same format (H110xW90 cm) made in between other projects since 2011. It depicts life phases of a female person who is an artist, a partner and a mother, and other things hard to tell with words; these paintings are in some way, and more than other, self-portraits. Statues …

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Legs tight shut

May 6, 2020

Women, we are what we want to be for ourselves; veiled or unveiled, good or bad, brave, cheeky, or whatever else goes with human nature.

This series is made with oil on canvas, in 2018-19; the square paintings are 60×60 cm; the rectangle one is 110×90 cm. They have individual titles: Moody, Blue hair Bright future, My polynesian self, The right spot, Erased Lovers, In Marrakech (the square ones); and Fishing clouds in Holland.

Fishing clouds in Holland is inspired by a small size painting of Rembrandt’s called “The Stone Bridge”; you see the reference to it at the left side of the work. If you turn the painting clockwise and let it rest on the length you can see on the top the full Dutch landscape, an interpretation of it with much more color. The work is vibrating of color, just like Holland does in spring (April-May), with its tulips, its canal waters, and its famous clouds. At the front, the work shows a pair of legs of a sitting female figure, knee up, holding a bunch of tulips.

Pure Colour

The use of pure colour visualizes the affirmation I AM HERE.

This collection of paintings is loosely connected to the series ‘Legs tight shut’: paintings that look at women and the way we are in different phases of life. There is always intensity and awareness, even when we look lost or fragile.

This is a series of oil paintings based on photographs I make when travelling in Europe from north to south and back; through Italy and France mainly. The ones with the double square canvases are small size, H35xW60 cm; there is a wooden panel where on an older painting has been attached, and on top …

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