Occasionally I meet an artist over the internet, totally unknown to me and of whose work I'm upside down. Johannes Paul Vroom is one of those people. He was born in 1922 in the Hague and died in Amsterdam in 2006. He studied at the Royal Academy in the Hague but soon, at a very young age, left for Paris. I didn't find a lot of information about him, but these paintings are really adorable I think!
Korenveld canvas 63 x 88 cm
Maïs olieverf 104 x 154 cm
I spend hours and hours in my studio. It’s a place of concentration and inspiration and hard work and late nights. Because my studio is in my home, the work just never seems to end! But I couldn't imagine another way of life. I'm working on a new drawing in my big sketchbook. I was inspired by many things. First of all by old Swiss 'scherenschnitte' that I found, browsing in my mother's old folk art books. But also by ancient Arabic and Ottoman botanical manuscripts. And finally by a black and white embroidery I made many many years ago when I was an embroidery teacher.
She's on my radar since a long time! Alice Pattullo is an illustrator based in East London. Her work is inspired by British folk tradition, superstition and mid-century design and she strives to create a nostalgic aesthetic through color choices and composition. I'm attracted to her work including through the narrative part. I have the pleasant feeling that each illustration is an entire novel! There's so much to see and experience and those cheerful colors and vintage patterns make me happy!
I love collections! I mean, I like to draw them. My father collected stamps although he was not a real philatelist. He could as well have collected posters, old soap boxes or match boxes but stamps took up less space. He only collected aesthetically pleasing stamps in terms of illustration, used font and color. Thinking of this collection, I started drawing my own. The aim is to make a new print for my Etsy shop. I finally used two of my new Microns that I bougt in America last year. I wanted to limit myself to two colors, orange and purple, colors that I usually don't use. In the end, I added a little gray watercolor to finish it. What do you think?
David Jones (1895-1974) was een dichter, schilder, essayist en maker van inscripties. Er zit een grote muzikaliteit en naïviteit in zijn letters. Op de Kunstacademie bestudeerde hij in detail de belettering op de Zuil van Trajanus, een voorbeeld van perfectie uit de 2e eeuw na christus. Het is belangrijk om dit te weten omdat het toont dat zijn werk een kwestie was van keuze en niet van onkunde van de 'juiste' vormen. Jones' deed er een aanzienlijke periode over om tot deze bijzondere vormen en vormgeving te komen.
Bron: "The Inscriptions of David Jones" - Ewan Clayton.
David Jones (1895-1974) was a poet, painter, essayist and maker of inscriptions. There is a feeling of musicality and naivety in his lettering art. At Art School he had closely studied the lettering of the Trajan's Column, an example of perfection from the 2nd century AD. It is important to recognize this because it emphasizes the true extend to which his work was a matter of choice rather than ignorance of "correct" forms. Jones' lettering developed his peculiar forms and design over a substantial period of time.
Source: "The Inscriptions of David Jones" - Ewan Clayton.
This painting below is one of my absolute favourites and is pictured in a book that I have in my possession since many years. I've always been a fan of naive art, also called 'outsider art' or 'art brut'. This work was painted by a man named Sal Meijer but apart from that I knew nothing about him or his work. After searches on the internet, I found more information on Wikipedia. Sal Meijer (Amsterdam, 1877 - Blaricum 1965) was a Dutch painter who preferably painted cats. He was a scion of a family of Jewish diamond workers. Because of the simplicity of his paintings and his humble attitude, his work was often labeled as "naive" or "primitive". And what a coincidence, he made several paintings of Bruges, my hometown.
"Zittende poes op bed"
"Poes aan telefoon", litho
Kevers En Zo/beetles And So
Tentoonstelling / Exhibition