About the work
This work is based on footage made during an intense warm, tropical summer day in Onslow, Pilbara - West Australia. Onslow is a small port-/mining town at the Pilbara Coast. It's a small oasis in the middle of a desert like, desolate environment and part of a large Aboriginal community. Surrounded by massive infrastructural projects run by mining corporations. Compare it with a small, surreal sleeptown kind of paradise on Mars. I first made my underpainting in acrylic and Gesso. This to create a perfect, solid texture for the following layers. Then I started working on multiple layers of a combination of thick and thin traits of acrylic. Then 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.