Above: Simone Albers
For four short days in July, this year’s ArtEZ alumni put on an incredible show full of vivacious paintings, innovative product designs and smart artwork. ARTS THREAD’s Jainy Gans picks out some of the highlights from the Fine Arts department.
Entering the main hall of the exhibition, the vibrant canvases of Simone Albers oil and acrylic paintings immediately catch you eye. On closer inspection, many little details begin to reveal themselves amongst the large scale organic and architectural forms.
There was something childish yet sinister about Claarje van Beuningen’s work. Using bright colours and foamy materials, Beuningen constructed a series of unusual totem poles. “The message is a call to revise our way of handling nature and ourselves, as well as our preconceived opinions,” explains Beuningen.
Far from childish are Josha de Vree’s oil paintings. For her graduate series she explored the relationship between innocent civilian victims of war and humanitarians who knowingly place themselves in the line of fire.
“What happens to today’s heroes when they step and leave the stage?” This was the question Malou Claire tried to answer by focussing on a group of contemporary heroes: cyclists. Her oil paintings capture cyclists in their most private, vulnerable moments.
Last but not least is the work of Roos van Dijk, who is nominated for the Hendrik Valk prize this year. The artist, who really deserves to be nicknamed the queen of shadows, makes her modern architecture inspired acrylic paintings look like photographs.