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Elles BB, an artist 'in' format. At a later age she started painting, at first with some shaky steps, but soon she experienced appreciation and recognition in her environment and after a few years also abroad. When you ask her to tell you something about herself or to write a piece, she says: "I paint". That statement is also characteristic of her work, that is what she does. Elles BB, an artist 'in' format. In later life she started painting, first with some shaky steps, but soon she experienced appreciation and recognition in her own environment and after several years abroad as well. When you ask her to tell something about herself or to write something down, she says, "I paint". That statement is significant for her work, it is what she does. All her life she has been involved in design, furnishing and fashion. She has worked for a number of well-known Dutch interior designers and she herself had a shop in Deventer for a long time. First vintage and curiosities and later American seconds in combination with fashion. She has always tried to beautify and embellish her surroundings. She can only find peace in a harmonious environment. And if it isn't there, she creates it. All her life she has been involved in design, decoration and fashion. As such she worked for a number of famous Dutch interior architects. She herself had a shop in Deventer for a long time. First vintage and curiosities and later American seconds in combination with fashion. She always tried to beautify her environment. She can only find rest and peace in an harmonious environment. And when there is none she will create it. Then why did you start painting, I asked. Her answer was astonishing. You expect a whole story about education, art academy and abroad. But she said: "I was with my sister at Leen Bakker and my sister bought some small canvases and then I thought, let me try that too." Why did you start painting, I asked. Her answer was amazing. You would expect quite a story about training, art school and being abroad. But she said, "I was with my sister at an art supply shop and my younger sister bought a number of small canvases and then I thought, let’s give it a try." Everyone can put something on a canvas every now and then, but you can't immediately call it art. Ultimately, that's what your environment does. And that environment, it gets bigger because you stand out. Elles prefers to paint on large canvases with a lot of panache. You can almost say that she models her canvases. She hardly ever works with a brush, but often with putty knives or anything within reach. Usually she works "wet in wet" because she is in a hurry. She then says she is in a "flow" and she cannot stop. Most artists you speak to say that they have an idea of something. Elles doesn't have that, she can't imagine anything visually. That means she starts a work with a vague feeling and then something arises. And only then does she see what it will become. Anyone can put something on a canvas, but you cannot describe that as being Art right away. That's up to the spectator. That environment gets bigger because you are noticed. Elles paints large canvases with panache. You might say that she sculpts her canvases. She hardly ever uses a brush, but mostly she works with a painters knife or anything else within reach. Usually she works "wet in wet" because she is always in a hurry. She says to be in a "flow" and cannot stop. Most artists, you meet, say that see something in vision. Elles can't, she cannot visualize anything in front of her mind's eye. It means for her that she starts working with a vague feeling and then the creation comes to be. And by that time she sees what she made after all. Many artists work in a specific theme or subject. Elles has that to a limited extent. She does know periods in which she produces comparable paintings. But then a cover comes and she makes something completely different. Often also in a short or longer series. She is and is regularly in demand at home and abroad for exhibitions in galleries and at exhibitions. She has now appeared five times with a number of works in Dutch and foreign books. Elles BB, special person with a special talent. Many artists work within a particular theme or topic. Elles did so but only to certain extent. She has certain styles, in which she produces similar paintings. But then she starts with something completely different. Again in a short or longer series. She is and has been asked regularly at home and abroad for exhibitions and galleries. In the meanwhile, her work can be admired in five Dutch and foreign books already. Elles BB, a special person with a special talent.
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