Registration Netherlands Institute for Art History RKD 473520
Autodidact painter and graphic artist, fiction writer
Graduated at University of Amsterdam
Digital vector painter. Started around 1998 with watercolor, linocut and monotype of etching ground on glass. Changed to digital painting on a Palm handheld 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.
I am exploring the new medium of vector. My work develops in cycles from figurative to abstract and back to figurative. Hard lines, monochrome colors and perfect gradients limit the emotional palette of vector. ‘Ceci est un oeuf’ 2015, below expresses my initial dislike. Still, I hold manual 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 manual vector for the pleasure to experiment as well as for a practical reason the enlargement software that came with the Brushes raster painting app was abruptly ...