14th Jun, 2022 13:00

Urban & Contemporary Art

Lot 256 §


Baptism in Jordan
signed indistinctly and titled De doop in de Jordan (on the reverse)
oil on canvas, with artist's frame
canvas: 241 x 120.5 cm
frame: 265 x 144.5 cm

Hans Van Hoek is able to atmospherically bind his images together through the targeted use of light and darkness, form and colour. He takes inspiration from the works of Old Masters such as El Greco, Rubens and Michelangelo. He uses the principle of montage in his compositions to allow for multiple modes of perception. In this regard a very important role is played by the complicated wooden frames prepared by the artist himself that serve as an extension of the pictorial space.

"It is important to see the picture frames, painted or carved, as a space of experience and not as a border, line or barrier. ...a space encloses the core and is, on the other hand, surrounded by more and more space ... endlessly".

In creating the frames, choosing their ornamentation, the colour, the wood, the artist builds a direct relationship to the content of the picture and generates further optical and also graphic dimensions.

Please note that this work is located at our warehouse. If you would like to view this work, please book an appointment with the Head of the Department: Madeleine White


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