Introduction to the Dutch

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

"Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E." 2015, oil on linen, 44" x 60", 112 x 152 cm

Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E. (Christian Rex van Minnen, 2015, oil on linen)

A few weeks ago, I got to meet and check out the process of Colorado and NY artist Christian Rex Van Minnen—a painter who has adopted the classic portrait and still life techniques of Dutch Masters from the Golden Era. As you can tell, he makes some surrealist adjustments to the Dutch tradition.

The process of building up layer upon layer of transparent paint takes time and patience, but the result is really spectacular. Skin looks alive, objects have texture and depth. I’m excited to see where this goes for my own work.

Here’s my own work-in-progress. I didn’t have time to finish it in Colorado, but am returning to it in Portland some time this week.

Meeting Van Minnen was part of a week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. I was incredibly fortunate to return there this summer.

 

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