Matijs van de Kerkhof, z.t. 2011, 60 x 50 cm. olieverf op doek

From Saturday, March 31st, 2012 to Saturday, May 12th, 2012 – Gerhard Hofland – Gallery

Gerhard Hofland proudly presents its first solo exhibition of new paintings by Matijs van de Kerkhof (Nuenen,1977).

After studying at the art academy in Den Bosch for several years, Matijs van de Kerkhof has gone on to become a self-taught artist with a compelling and highly original oeuvre.

Van de Kerkhof generally paints group scenes that are dimly lit and infused with a sense of quiet menace. The protagonists, claustrophobic spaces, landscapes, houses and other props are rendered in seemingly casual, intuitive brushstrokes. Black, dark brown or dark blue are the dominant shades in his palette, and from which Van de Kerkhof conjures up scenes in warm hues. Shadows throw large darker areas over the painting. And light receives a similar treatment – mostly radiating from lamps or other unnatural sources, it slices through the dark spaces in sections or brighter bands.

Matijs van de Kerkhof, Zonder Titel 2011, 110 x 95 cm. acrylic on canvas

an der Kerkhof’s props and characters are culled from old snapshots found in family albums and re-envisioned in desolate, often disturbing, scenes.
Van de Kerkhof presents us with images in which the staged reality of Edward Hopper meets the psychotic nightmare world of Francis Bacon.
Matijs van de Kerkhof lives and works in Eindhoven and frequently exhibits his work throughout the region. His work was recently added to the portfolio of Henk Pijnenburg of Art Pijnenburg.

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