I am a digital painter exploring the new medium of vector. Vector-art is a cooperation between the artist and the computer. Lines, forms and colors are made by the hand of the artist and the computer influences them in a certain way. Behind the screen, it ties all handmade lines and patches of color to mathematical formulas, known as Bezier curves. This gives them more simplicity, more contrast and a higher resolution than can be achieved by hand. Colors are pure monochromes or very fine computer-calculated gradients. While there is hardly any art in vector yet, its amazing property of ... Read More
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At first I rejected the bold appearance of the medium. Ceci est un Oeuf 2015 expresses the dislike. Its hard lines, monochrome colors and perfect gradients seemed to limit the emotional palette to messages of simple happiness and joy famous from Matisses cut-outs, or the brutal surrealistics of a Daly, while I am more attracted to the Bonnards, Vuillards, Sisleys or De Staels, Vermeers silent here-and-now and the introvert abstracts of artists like Schoonhoven and Van der Leck. Still, vector is the only form of cooperation between the artist and the computer that offers a new language of form and color while leaving the artist in charge. To the left we have digital raster painting, the most commonly practiced form of digital painting, where the artist is fully in charge but forms and color differ in no way from a traditional painting of oil on canvas. To the right we find forms of digital painting that offer substantial renewal, but the computer takes the lead. As a result, these images become impersonal and repetitive and, in my view, emotionally void. Compared to our own soul, the soul of a machine is a very flimsy thing.
I have been looking for ways to give vector some of the soft nuance and broader range of expression of raster. This seemed to work if I restrained colors to a bare minimum of black-and-white gradients and one monochrome color. Now at last I am happy with vector, especially with the last works, Waiting, Diner, Thoughts, Rainy day, Woman. For as long as I am happy with any development, which is usually not very long.
I stress that this development is merely a technical one and of little importance. It has only to do with how I express things. What I express is always the same, a personal reflection on the present. Not one of my paintings is in the past.
Fortunately, the joy is in the making, not the selling. I am grateful for the recognition expressed in three honors from the Museum of Computer Art and a Lorenzo award for digital painting at the Florence Biennale in 2015. Having met with general misconception and accidental humiliation, I have made a strong effort to promote the understanding of digital painting. Most important, it is necessary to explain that for all honest digital art, what you hang on the wall is and can only be, a print. There is a common misunderstanding that a print cannot be unique. It certainly can. Digital Painting Explained and Illustrated is now in the Public Domain and can be read at www.digitalpainting.be It is good to see that expertise is growing and digital painting is slowly maturing. I have no doubt that somewhere in the near future, on a clear day in spring, its strong buds will burst and bloom.
Pauline van de Ven
- Directors choice at the annual competition award for digital painting, Museum of Computer Art MOCA NY in 2018
- Lorenzo Award for digital painting at the Florence Biennale in 2015
- Annual competition award for digital painting, Museum of Computer Art MOCA NY in 2014
- Annual competition award for digital painting, Museum of Computer Art MOCA NY in 2015.
- 2016 March 1-15 Scheltema, Rokin 9 Amsterdam
-2015 October 17-25, Florence Biennale, Italy
-2014 May 30-June 5, contemporary digital painting, Studio k16, Amsterdam, Netherlands
-2012 November 27 - December 8, International contemporary art, Onishi Gallery, New York, USA
-2011 ... Read More
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