Over het werk
With this work I have tried to transfer the frozen dynamics of a place called Doel. A small town that's about to be swallowed by the Port of Antwerp and the other neighbour, a massive nuclear power plant. Most people already left and gave away their habitat. They handed it over to the new reality: massive container cranes and bulk carriers. The industry is taking over and people find their way around somewhere else. Fascinating movements of a modern landscape, constantly scraping at the boundaries of existence. First I 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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Over de kunstenaar
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.