TOUCH! After 10 years it's time for a new book, publisher Eleonoor Jap Sam (JAPSAMBOOKS) and designer Ruud Willems and I are working on a new book TOUCH! In recent years my work has become darker, rawer, more material, heavier and more layered. To increase intimacy and the possibility to empathize, I want to make my work as physical and tangible as possible. Like you can hold it and smell it.
This is exactly what I want to achieve with the book: I imagine a book that sits close to your skin and does not let go: sensual, material, passionate, tactile, tangible, vulnerable, visible, alive, longing, concealing and revealing in the same time. An own, autonomous and true book, with its own universe between the endpapers. A book with my work, but not about my work.
Authors: Merel Bem, Ludo van Halem and Gustan Asselbergs. TOUCH! will be released in the spring of 2022.
Studio Visit. Are you interested in purchasing a work, or do you want to see a specific work in real life? Let me know, my studio is open to visitors by appointment, you are most welcome.
Special priced watercolors for sale: https://www.cvanherwaarden.nl/nl/aanbieding-bestellen you will find signed drawings and watercolors (original, in passe-partout with outer size 40 x 30 cm) 225 euros each, including 9% VAT and shipping costs. Outside the Netherlands 25 euros extra.
History, 2021, collage 300 x 450 cm tot nu toe
Working during lockdown:
It is quiet and deserted, but artists continue to work during the Corona crisis. In addition to the economic malaise that certainly also affects visual artists (exhibitions cancelled, studio visits cancelled, planned exhibitions are uncertain), we have a major advantage: working unhindered in the isolation of the studio. My large drawings and watercolors of groups (humans or horses) have recently become more complex, more explosive. For me it's a way of seeing connections, they form a database of primal drives: from evil to benign, they are in turn ominous or intimate.
Adrift, 2021, watercolor, 265 x 304 cm, sold
Drawing Inventions Academy (DIA) The supervisors are Arno Kramer, Marisa Rappard and Caren van Herwaarden. There are still places open for the third master track in September 2021. Information: www.drawinginventionsacademy.com