Photograph of Artist VAN DE  VEN
VAN DE VEN
Amsterdam, Europe - Netherlands



Original Artworks (40)

Van De  Ven; Volatiles 4 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Turner Fine art paper 310 gr. A aEUR
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Volatiles 3 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Turner Fine art paper 310 gr. A aEUR
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Volatiles 2 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 50.5 x 50 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Turner Fine art paper 310 gr. A aEUR
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
50.5 x 50 cm (19.9 x 19.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Volatiles 1 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Turner Fine art paper 310 gr. A aEUR
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 7 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 40 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr. Limited edition  12. Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate. Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned. Optionally framed. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 6 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 65 x 98 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr. Limited edition  12. Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate. Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned. Optionally framed. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
65 x 98 cm (25.6 x 38.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 5 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 98 x 65 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr. Limited edition  12. Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate. Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned. Optionally framed. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
98 x 65 cm (38.6 x 25.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 4 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 65 x 98 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr. Limited edition  12. Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate. Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned. Optionally framed. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
65 x 98 cm (25.6 x 38.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 3 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 90 x 83 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr. Limited edition  12. Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate. Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned. Optionally framed....
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
90 x 83 cm (35.4 x 32.7 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles 2 Vector Painting, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 90 x 80 cm. Artwork description: 241 Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr.  Limited edition12.  Hand- signed and numbered, protected with barcode, certificate.  Vector paintings are size indepentent, the price applies to the size mentioned.  Optionally framed. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
90 x 80 cm (35.4 x 31.5 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Particles1 Vector, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 65 x 98 cm. Artwork description: 241 After exciting but not very satisfactory experiments with computer generated painting and photo transformation, I am back home at manual vector, with four aEUR~ParticlesaEURtm paintings.  Manual vector print on Hahnemuehle Fine Art Turner 310 gr.  in a llimited edition of 12.  Hand- signed and numbered at the ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
65 x 98 cm (25.6 x 38.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Tulips And Lemons Digital..., 2019, Original Digital Painting, 40 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241 Small edition of a manual vector painting of tulips and lemons set against a bright background created with L- systems fractal software.  I have it printed on Turner fine art paper with an extra 5 cm.  white margin around the image.  Al my prints are hand signed ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Woman And Child, 2019, Original Digital Painting, 40 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 Manual vector painting.  Edition 25.  Resolution 300 dpi.  Printed on Turner fine art paper with an extra 5 cm margin around the image.  Rolled in a tube.  Hand signed and numbered, barcode, certificate.  Sample available on request.  Optionally at another size.  Max. 120x180 cm.  Optionally as metal ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2019
40 x 60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Woman Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 120 x 180 cm. Artwork description: 241 Woman is a numerically unique digital vector painting depicting a woman sitting on an couch.  Restrained colors give the painting a soft, nuanced appearance.  The large painting needs clean white walls and a sparsely furnished room of modern design.  High resolution of 14000 x 21000 px.  at ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
120 x 180 cm (47.2 x 70.9 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Ceci Est Un Oeuf, 2015, Original Digital Painting, 45 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 Ceci est un oeuf is one of my first vector paintings. Alll forms except the lower left egg are vector. The lower left egg is raster. The painting is in the Public Domain and can be downloaded from Wikimedia at varous sizes. Mail me if you want ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2015
45 x 60 cm (17.7 x 23.6 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Rainy Day Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 120 x 180 cm. Artwork description: 241 Rainy day is a numerically unique manual vector painting depicting a young woman looking out of a diner window.  High resolution of 14000 x 21000 px.  at 300 dpi.  Certificate of Unicity with detailed description.  Matte 2 mm.  acrylic glass finished with an aluminum slimline case.  Ready ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
120 x 180 cm (47.2 x 70.9 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Thoughts Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 120 x 180 cm. Artwork description: 241 Thoughts is a digital vector painting depicting a woman in thought standing by a window. Numerically unique work. The soft nuanced appearance, uncharacteristic for vector, is obtained by using mainly shades of grey and discarding all but one color. This large painting needs clean white walls and ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
120 x 180 cm (47.2 x 70.9 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Diner Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 120 x 180 cm. Artwork description: 241 A numerically unique digital vector painting depicting a young woman in a diner. Restrained colors give the painting a soft, nuanced appearance. This large work needs clean white walls and a sparsely furnished room of modern design. High resolution of 14000 x 21000 px. at 300 dpi. ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
120 x 180 cm (47.2 x 70.9 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Waiting Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 120 x 180 cm. Artwork description: 241 Numerically unique manual vector painting depicting a young man in bed in a shaded room.  Resolution 300 dpi.  Fuji Utra HD behind 2 mm.  matte acrylic glass.  Hand signed.  Certificate.  Ready to hang.  Shipped in a crate.  Aluminum slimline frame optional.  At ADAF Amsterdam 11- 13 October ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
120 x 180 cm (47.2 x 70.9 inches)
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Van De  Ven; Sunday Digital Vector, 2018, Original Digital Painting, 40 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 The 15 works in this series are an exploration of vector forms. To regain some of the softness and sensitivity of raster painting, I have discarded all colors but red and all gradients except black- and- white. After several years of abstract raster painting I enjoy working ...
Van De Ven
Original , 2018
40 x 60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inches)
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Artist Statement

Registration Netherlands Institute for Art History RKD 473520

Painter and graphic artist, fiction writer. Graduated at University of Amsterdam. Started around 1998 with watercolor, linocut and monotype of etching ground on glass. Changed to digital painting in 2004, initially raster. Proceeded through a combination of raster-vector to vector around 2013. Lorenzo Award for digital painting at the 2015 Florence Biennale, several other awards. Author of Digital painting explained and illustrated, 2013-2019, an online source of information on digital painting.

General

In work and life I try to free the mind enough not to get caught up in the past. A forgiving heart that is governed by the mind with impartial clarity is my lifelong effort. The latest abstract vector series, Particles and Volatiles, are the clearest representations of this state of being. I create contrasts. Round and angular, light and dark, flat and convex - there are many possibilities. With that I start shifting and turning, enlarging, reducing, eliminating, adding, grouping, loosening, changing color, etc. If I change something in one place the rest usually topples over and everything has to be redone. Ultimately, every action serves the contrast between hard and angular, which symbolizes reason, and soft and round, symbolizing emotion. Aspects like color, placement, size, form, rithm, all play a role. I continue until something says click. Then a balance is achieved. It gives a feeling of space and freedom that I hope will be transferred to the viewer.


Technique

I am exploring the new medium of vector. Hard lines, monochrome colors and perfect gradients limit the emotional palette of vector. ‘Ceci est un oeuf’ 2015 expresses my initial dislike. Still, I hold vector to be the only cooperation between the artist and the computer that offers a new language of form while leaving the artist in charge. On one side there is digital raster painting, where the artist is fully in charge but there is no difference with traditional painting. On the other, computer-generated painting offers renewal, but the computer takes the lead. Its perfect forms, regularity and repetitiveness, and the absence of the artists personal brand of clumsiness feels to me emotionally void.

I proceeded with vector for the joy to experiment as well as for a practical reason. In 2012, the enlargement software that came with the Brushes raster painting app was abruptly discontinued, forcing a whole generation of digital painters out of Brushes. Switching to vector relieved me from the time consuming, noncreative work of enlarging my paintings by hand. To overcome my dislike of vector I searched for ways that could lend it some of the soft nuance and broader range of expression of raster. This seemed to work if I restricted color to black-and-white gradients, supplemented with one or two monochromes. Through these clair obscurs I became more or less comfortable with vector. Five large manual vectors - Waiting, Diner, Thoughts, Rainy day, Woman - conclude this development.

Still looking for ways to soften and deepen manual vector, I recently started to use Mandelbrot and L-systems fractal forms as a background, and to combine manual vector with photo transformations. These were all raster or combinations of vector and raster. Beside a discomfort with the lack of command in a computer-generated process, and the re-introduction of the old enlargement problem, I now missed the simple clarity of pure vector that had troubled me so much in the past. This brought me back to vector. In Particles I have placed clear, simple forms against soft backgrounds without feeling the need to restrict colors any longer.


Miscellanious


To promote understanding and straighten out some general misconceptions about digital painting I wrote ‘Digital Painting, explained and illustrated’ 2013-2019 which is now in the Public Domain and can be freely used at www.digitalpainting.be

Amsterdam, October 2019...