Between Heaven and Earth

dated 2001 until 2010 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Divided we Stand

2010

 Divided culturally, politically, financially and so on. Still we are part of the same tree. From the roots all the way up to the leaves, we are divided, but we are standing firm. We will not fall down or apart. This is who we are as Curacao, divided, but standing.

Hopper

2010

 A picture taken from the airplane hopping from one island to the next, inspired this triptych. Warning!   If you stand in front of this painting too long, you will get sucked into it.

The Gates

2010

You will have to go through a certain amount of gates, before you are able to meet Him in the sky.

Sputnik

2010

In paintings like the "Dreamcatcher" I play with holding on to a cloud. To me clouds are like thoughts, dreams and maybe even the spirit. It's almost impossible to hold on to. But you should try.  In one of my sketches of "The Dreamcatchers" this composition was so much alike the Sputnik satellite, I just had to give it this title. And this title gave it a whole new meaning.  

Little Island in the Sun

2010

 Like my large painting the "Island in the Sun", this one has the same content. But because it is so much smaller, I had to call it "Little Island in the Sun" And with this title it makes the situation even worse. How can a small Island like Curacao keep on emitting so much toxic smoke.

Forest of Indifference

2010

 Again a painting inspired by the refinery here on Curacao.  Pipes, rising up from the asphalt lake, emitting brown toxic  smoke. A forest of indifference, because almost nobody seems to care.

De Kleine Regentijd

2010

 Translates into "Little rainy season" I haven't seen this phenomenon anywhere else. Here on Curacao it can rain in front of your house, but when you take a look behind your house, It's completely dry.

The Bridge

2010

 Inspired by the railing of the Juliana bridge on Curacao.

Dreamcatcher

2010

 Elusive as dreams are, try to hold on to them

Island in the Sun

2009

Island in the sun... Yeah right.

The Tower

2008

The language isn't the problem anymore, it is what people say, that is.

The Ladder

2008

A mix of the Jacob's Ladder and the fairytale Jack and the beanstalk

Rainforest

2008

The birth of a cloud

The three philosophers

2008

In 2002 I painted this work for the first time. Then I used acrylics. For my 2008 exhibition I painted it again, this time in oil.

Aeolus

2008

Aeolus; god of the winds. On Curacao the wind blows always from the east. It is bound onto the land by Aeolus

Quarterback

2008

Four clouds painted on jute. Jute looks like the backside of canvas, hence 'Quarterback' A group portrait of four clouds

Momentum

2008

A cloud with sufficient momentum can bounce back from the earth

Intermezzo

2008

To fool the eye, I painted the frame (stretcher bars) on canvas, like it is hanging on a white wall. I painted the canvas hanging from a wire in front of the frame. The wire is real and the shadow hanging from the bottom of the painting is real (black cardboard)

Dreamcatcher

2007

 I need stronger ropes, for my dreams elude me

canvas explosion

2008

Several canvasses glued and screwed together. On those canvasses I painted an explosion of canvasses. Exploding outward from the center. The center isn't visible.

The 7th Canvas

2006

Start counting, see the 7th canvas?

The 7th Canvas (leftside view)

2006

The 7th Canvas seen from the left.

The 7th Canvas (rightside view)

2006

The 7th Canvas seen from the right.

Cotton candy

2005

Inspired by the overwhelming clouds of the rainy season

High Tide

2006

A rubbervine seedpod found near the Hato plains, seemed to me like a ship in the desert. Lured to all that water high up in the clouds.

Life after life

2006

Life has many fases...

Finally refined (closed)

2006

(the triptych is closed) An eerie sight, the sky is lit by the flames of the catcracker.

Finally refined (opened)

2006

(the triptych is opened) If we wait long enough nature will take over the refinery.

A hummingbirds fantasy

2006

Inspired by the story of Don Quichote, this hummingbird is also a bit paranoia and thinks it is on Viagra.

Ora luna ta bari

2006

Ora luna ta bari: when the moon sweeps clean the heavens. An old saying on Curacao, meaning: Don't go outside when you see the light of the moon appearing but not the moon itself. If you do, you will meet monsters and maybe even the devil himself.

Memories of the future II

2006

All sorts of driftwood make the outline of the brain. The cloud represents the spirit that remembers things to come; the bent earth and the driftwood are one.

Twister

2006

A spiraling cloud above the Hato plains. Two stylized Dividivi trees squeeze the cloud to drink from her moisture.

Attached

2004

 Me and my wife and the love that grows between us.

Self fulfilling prophecy

2002

Three vines holding on to three circular clouds. Like the ropes on a sailing ship that hold on to the sails to catch the wind. Here the clouds represent the wind in the sails.

Artificial Reef

2004

Inspired by the artificial reef of Porto Mari on Curacao. This artificial reef brings forth some artificial life forms

Goldfish

2002

For my 32nd birthday I got A bowl with two little goldfish in it. After two weeks they were dead. On this painting the fishbowl and alot of dead goldfish. Except for one, wich is just swimming around the corner

Heaven on earth

2003

Literally; clouds from heaven touch down on earth for a brief time, only to return to heaven again

The Kiss

2002

Body on earth, mind in heaven

911 Terrestrial Time

2001

Did it happen after or before