Storytelling still lifes
In 1988 George Schriemer succeeds cum laude as a free painter at the Academy of Visual Arts in Groningen. He was taught there by Ger Siks, Wout Muller and Diederik Kraaijpoel, among others. During this training he laid the foundation for his realistic painting style and visual story, which already contained hints of absurdism, symbolism and surrealism. Based on his excellently assessed graduation exhibition, he was immediately invited by the owner of a prominent gallery in Groningen to come and exhibit the following year.
This exhibition was a success and from this gallery it was a logical step to move on to the large galleries of the Central Netherlands. Nevertheless, in 1989 he decided to seek refuge in the illustration world. From that moment on, he developed into a professional and successful illustrator. Both worlds have always appealed to him. As an illustrator he made various illustrations for well-known clients at home and abroad (including book covers for Stephen King, among others). In addition, he regularly commissioned portraits and made various murals. All these creative years have given him a wealth of painting experience. Finally, in 2015 George decides to pick up his free painting again. If the paintings have to be described, then the characterization ‘storytelling still lifes’ is perhaps a fitting one.
His work is executed in the same, but very developed, surrealistic painting style (oil on panel), in which symbolism and absurdism still play a role in his visual stories. These visual stories come up spontaneously again and again while painting, spurred on by personal experiences and perspectives on life.
Raw and edgy fine art photography
Art photographer Sudhir Ramman is known under the name Shotbysud. His style is raw and edgy and his work is always provocative. In his photography, Sud explores themes like testing limits, strength, vulnerability and empowerment. It is this juxtaposition that makes his work unpredictable and unique. Whether you view a clean or a more rough image, Sud’s work makes you feel something.
Sud draws much of his inspiration from cinematics. The art of visual storytelling through emotions, sets, lighting techniques and color grading is a very noticeable influence on his work. Much in his own way, Sud uses these techniques in his photography to create his own worlds. Each image he produces feels cinematic. Every aspect of the visuals is deliberate. Each model plays a specific role. However, every viewer is free to interpret and give meaning to the image in his/her/their own way.
Fine Art Photography by Dina Furrer
Dina Furrer is a photographer based in Tilburg, The Netherlands. After her graduation from the Photo Academy (Rotterdam) in 2011, she underwent further training in the field of Fine Art Photography. It was then that she began her professional journey into the diverse world of photography which continues to bring her so much enjoyment!
At the moment Dina does a great deal of fine art photography at her studio in Tilburg and her portfolio is quite various, but is largely comprised of still life photos and landscapes. There are a lot of different themes in her fine art photography works, but it`s the flower and food arrangements combined with exotic animals that have her main focus. `I like creating interesting and original compositions for my photo shoots and enjoy experimenting with colours` – Dina says.
In the past Dina drew a lot of inspiration for her art photography projects from Irving Penn. These days, her inspiration comes mainly from within herself as well as nature and life around her. Depending on the theme and purpose, Dina adds some artistic elements to her photos in order to enhance their visual effect or convey a message.
‘Fish Ponds’: 3D paintings by Ben Kleyn
Ben Kleyn creates a really fascinating scenery: swimming fish in an original Tibetan singing bowl. Ben paints 24 layers of resin (acrylic paint), starting at the bottom all the way up. Every layer of painted resin – that has to dry at least 24-48 hours before the next layer can be added – becomes a detailed part of these extraordinary hyper realist 3d paintings ‘in a bowl’.
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These Fish Ponds in Tibetan singing bowls are exclusively available at Gallery TON.
Biography Ben Kleyn
Ben Kleyn (1962) is self-taught. His career has now spanned many, many years.
We can safely say that he excels in versatility. As a little boy from Rotterdam, he was already drawing portraits of the regular visitors of his parents’ restaurant on the Westersingel in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
The portraits were a sought-after piece of art, so Bennie was quite busy making them.
A little older, Ben began, successfully, to draw pictures and color them in, beautifully. The works found their way to a gallery in Koblenz, Germany, where people were also very impressed with what that ‘Dutch boy’ could do.
Eventually photography became his interest and he developed a very unique way of making portraits. Lots of Dutch politicians, TV stars, etc, fell under the spell of Ben’s talent.
Frans Molenaar took him into the family, and from then on, only wanted to be photographed by Ben. Ben did not want to become a fashion photographer, so it remained with personal portraits of Frans himself.
A few years ago he took up painting again and the creations of these 3 dimensional ‘Fish Ponds’ are the stunning result of this.
Bronze on steel sculptures | Teresa Wells
Teresa Wells creates emotive figurative sculptures in bronze, that celebrate man’s physical and emotional survival over adversity. Inspired by the question “How do Humans Behave”, she draws inspiration from the contours of athletes and ballet dancers to emphasise a physical strength, placing them in precarious poses to stress fragility. When combined with geometric architectural supports, in steel and stone, she shows a contemporary approach to bronze, lifting it off the the plinth and making it appear less monumental and traditional.
Eric Tiggeler paints cityscapes in a (hyper) realistic way. He does not opt for picturesque scenes, preferring to paint the ordinary city: houses, streets, cars, facades, shop windows. Cityscapes, from small format closeups to extensive city views.
Hyperrealistic cityscapes | Eric Tiggeler
There’s a lack of urban hustle and bustle in Eric’s work: it’s all about silence, the light on the faca-des, the colors, the typography, the architecture. Occasionally he’ll paint detailed chance arrangements that, viewed from a certain angle and in the right light, are worth capturing. A fully packed shop window or a messy street will be elevated above quotidian life. This produces an image which one can wander through endlessly.
In 2019, Eric won the “Dutch Painting of the year 2018” competition.
Johannes Wessmark is a self-taught photo-realist artist working with acrylics and oils. His studio is located in the middle of the Swedish wilderness.
Realist artist Johannes Wessmark
Johannes Wessmark was born in Karlstad in 1962, he lives and works in Nedre Bondestad Old School a few miles north of Karlstad in Sweden.
Background: 15 years as an advertising illustrator
Technique: acrylic and oil on canvas
Hyper-realistic paintings by Reinder Ourensma
“The Irish landscape inspires and intrigues me. I paint what I see, what I feel and what touches me. Through my work I try to retrieve moments of intense euphoria, emotion or mystique – just like a poet when writing poems.”
Reinder Ourensma & Gallery TON
Reinder Ourensma (1952) lives and works in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. He developed a love for figurative work during his studies at Minerva Art Academy. Inspired and motivated by teachers of new realism alike Wout Muller and Ger Siks. While working as an arts and crafts teacher from 1972, he continued to develop as an artist in his spare time and in relative anonymity. Since 2014 Reinder is working full time as a fine art painter. For over thirty years now he has been focusing on the pristine, rugged and quiet Irish landscapes.
Sculptures by Miriam Meulepas
What inspires me the most is the vulnerability and transiency of the human race. I enjoy making my work as it allows me to show all the different emotions that human beings have.
Beyond my kinda confronting work i also like to create small veheicle’s from old machine parts or old tools for example. In the veheicle’s are small human like figures made from stoneware. These artworks have some humor but also show some vulnerability. With these old rusty and not usable machine parts and tools i create new life for my small sculptures.
Education Miriam Meulepas
Sculpting – Academie voor schone kunsten at Arendonk, Belgium
Specialization sculpting – Academie voor schone kunsten at Arendonk, Belgium
The paintings by realist artist Roos van der Meijden include recognizable classic influences. However, anyone who takes time to view the work also finds contemporary notes. Roos works with oil and acrylic paint, following the principles of the Old Masters. She combines these techniques with her own colors and vision. Even simple everyday scenes make a huge impression.
Realist artist Roos van der Meijden
Roos van der Meijden’s paintings are rarely an exact copy of reality. Reality is only a starting point. Her subject matter varies, yet the contrast between light and shadow as well as the reflections in windows and water are recurring themes.
Roos van der Meijden biography
Roos van der Meijden lives and works in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. In 2001 she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. As a painter she specializes in realism.
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