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Two beautiful watercolors by Gerdine Duijsens. Dimensions artwork: 40 x 38 cm. Dimensions list: 70 x 88 cm. The lyric expressionism of Gerdine Duijsens Image After all, you don't become an artist. You're born an artist Gerdine Duijsens was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, and studied at the Art Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. A career in art wasn't part of the plan initially, but there was no stopping her as time went by. Once the children had all gone separate ways, she gave way to something deep inside that she had really always known, ever since the days she played hooky while munching on her sandwiches in art museums. She believes one doesn't become an artist, but is born one. Duijsens' work is a synthesis between figurative and abstract art. Her internationally collected paintings reflect the modern culture of consumerism, the desire to achieve status, and overindulgence. In their unguarded moments, Duijsens displays her characters as their vulnerable and insecure selves, when in their seemingly unobserved moments they briefly escape from a world in which status, knowledge, protocols and power keep them prisoner. Through lyrical expressionism in its purest form, we see ourselves. The characters are satirical, exaggerated forms and are meant to be lighthearted and fun. The dining and party scenes have a very recognizable style that can be distinguished by four main elements: people, lush layers of color, expressionistic mark making, and portraiture. Her people are "bon-vivants," somewhat blasé, comical, cheerful, and bored. The partying, dining, happy single, and Botox paintings have become Duijsens' trademarks and have generated a steadily growing club of collectors internationally. The lyrical expressionism of Gerdine Duijsens (in Dutch) They are almost pulled from under her creative hands, her surefire and revealing glimpses into the rich, empty lives of the party tigers and the reception addicts, the oyster guzzlers and champagne guzzlers, the unbridled gluttons and unbridled drinkers, the drunken prayers and the drinkers, the hotemetotes and the idlers, whom she has now portrayed in more than a thousand canvases in all their triviality and vanity. Yet it is not just bloated hot air salesmen who populate her colorful canvases. Gerdine, in their unguarded moments, mildly mocks her figures as their vulnerable and insecure selves, as they, imagining themselves unobserved, try for a moment to escape from a world in which status, knowledge, protocols and power keep them captive. Lyrical expressionism in its purest form. Looking at the painting by Gerdine Duijsens we see ourselves. There's nothing we can do about it, a smile plays on our lips, a giggle creeps up the diaphragm. That's why we want her canvases on our walls Because they tell us something about ourselves. Because they are real. A career in art She left the Artibus Academy in Utrecht after a short time. She hoped to be able to perfect drawing there, which she had been doing for years. Learning something about anatomy, portrait painting. That was a miscalculation. At that time it was very fashionable to paint abstractly. That didn't appeal to her at all. An assignment “paint the space” was much too vague for Gerdine of eighteen. She thought she would need this technique to later be able to properly put the images that emerged in her brain on paper. For someone who aspires to a career in art, it might have been 'a little stupid' to quit so soon. But becoming an artist, well, she wasn't so busy then. She just wanted to draw better. An omission, if you want to call it that, which she later made up for at the Academy of Fine Arts in Arendonk, Belgium, because it was undeniable, after all, the talent was already there, and it now wanted to come ripening. And then it went fast. Gerdine soon gave watercolor lessons to interested parties. Born as an artist Gerdine Duijsens was born in Utrecht. A career as an artist was initially not planned, but later it became impossible to stop. Once the children went their separate ways, she gave way to something she had always known, when she skipped school and was eating her sandwiches in the Centraal Museum Utrecht. Gerdine: “After all, you don't become an artist, you are born an artist. Whether you will eventually do something with that talent is entirely up to you.” Talents What others do with their talents sometimes surprises her. Some artists seem to have really lost their way. She considers it an insult to the artist's profession that there are artists who only make art to provoke and shock. Sometimes modern art is so confrontational, repulsive and shocking that Gerdine no longer understands it. Of course, this does not apply to art that has a story behind it, an explanation of why the artist has chosen a certain form. Beautiful is not a criterion, that is an empty concept. Art must be able to touch you, be interesting, innovative, and make you change your mind. An artist may show you his world, share his vision of the world with you. She also does not understand why some copy the work of others, sometimes exactly copying them. Gerdine doesn't understand that. It is a question for her why those people don't come up with it themselves and don't even use their talents for their own fantasies. The dining scenes, her trademark Gerdine Duijsens has a very recognizable style, which can be divided into four main forms: dining scenes, animals, abstracts and portraits. Her people are bon vivants, a tad blasé or ridiculous, arrogant or insecure, cheerful or bored. Her animals are temperamental, powerful, dynamic and fast, her abstracts are fascinatingly layered and exciting and her portraits are timeless. The dining scenes have become Gerdine's trademark and are generating a steadily growing fan base, including more and more people from abroad. And then that laughter tickle comes up again along our diaphragm. He strokes our temples and tosses through our hair. He pokes behind our eyes and knocks in our throats. We recognize those people on those canvases, they are our family, they are our friends, they are ourselves. They move us, we have to laugh a little at them. We love them and we want to have them with us. Because they make us happy and happy. (written by journalist Annette Wierper)
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