I keep coming back to study these pictures over and over. For those of you who think that they are boring, try this--take the title of each piece of art & try to figure out why he named it that. This has added to my fun & pleasure of these treasures. Examples- look at Self Portrait & at Tandem. Truthfully, on some, I have no idea what he is talking about with the words or phrases he uses but I'm having so much fun (truly -- no sarcasm) looking up the words to try to understand what he is showing in the painting. It's like a puzzle! Some commenters much smarter than me have offered information about the background art & books. Thank you for adding to my fun! For those of you who say it is merely technique & nothing more, who else does this? I keep coming back to the realization that the reason he paints the crumpled tin foil is because he can. Can you do that? Could you take, say, a piece of clear shrink wrap and crumple it and perfectly reproduce it on a blank canvas? !!the artist is lying. there is NO WAY thats acrylic! its impossible! until i see him paint, i refuse to believe it. nobody is that good.
" True art is an interpretation of life,....not an exact reproduction." Firstly his IS an interpretation of life. That you cant see it doesnt diminish his work. Second. So when a classically trained musician strives to exactly reproduce the beautiful music written some composer they respect. They are not a musician, they are a technician? Or could it be that their care and exacting nature are their form of artistic expression I agree on style, its not impressionist style. What I meant by that was in philosophy as opposed to style. Monet and other impressionists looked at the same scene as every passerby, but they saw a different beauty in the same scene and that is what drove them to paint in the style they did. I suspect de Graaf sees something more in the everyday as well. He doesnt see just a bunch of strawberries sitting on aluminum foil. He sees the beauty of the curves, the unique but repetitive nature of the seed patterns, and the contrast of the reds against the green leaves. The beauty, for him, is in the details of the items he paints. He doesnt see them the same way everyday people do. The act of strict fidelity, which others seem to see as a weakness, tells you something about his personality and his respect and care for the world around him. I believe he probably feels a bit humbled by the beauty he finds and demands perfection out of respect for that which he finds awe inspiring.
They did it in sculptures...weird? Actually if you look at most sc.