About the work
This large landscape painting is based on the view I had from my 'Ute', during one of the daily trips into the town of Port Hedland, Australia. The painting shows this iron ore port town at the of the Northwest Australian Outback, just before cyclone Heidi moving in, back in the summer of 2013. Surrealistic silence, massive rain clouds and an ocre coloured sky. Life on Mars.
I first made my underpainting in acrylic and Gesso. This to create a solid texture for the following layers. Then I started working on multiple layers of a combination of thick and thin traits of acrylic, finished with a slightly glossy varnish.
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About the artist
Joost Verhagen (1975) is an artist painter, specialized at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts – specialisation Industrial Landscapes. He gained experience as a landscape and portrait painter and is working on a daily basis at his own studio – Atelier Joost Verhagen. His preferred work of fine art is creating portraits and landscapes on canvas and his techniques vary from urban art to abstract work and semi-realism in oil and acrylic.
”As an artist, you aim to create and innovate. But I also believe in simple but powerful work. Don’t go for complexity without reason. The composition must be able to speak for itself and the used material and techniques must fit in with the thought process. I am always searching for this fragile balance between abstract and realistic, and to get as close to this tipping point as possible”. Joost has held several (solo) exhibitions in the Netherlands, Belgium and India.