Artist Focus: Peter Keizer
Peter Keizer's world is one populated by childhood memories, like a sunny afternoon in a field of flowers, like a dog running with delight. "Lie down on the grass and look up at the trees: if you have a young mind, you'll see what I've painted," says the Dutch artist, who is not new to this. Indeed, after prestigious art studies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London in the late 1980s, he received numerous art awards and institutional commissions in his native country. For his unique body of work, consisting of paintings and sculptures, Peter Keizer uses oil paint directly on the outside of the tube, giving a sculptural aspect to the paintings and reinforcing the presence of colors. The flowers seem to spring from the canvas, and we fell in love from the start with the artist's mad talent and nostalgic vision, whose international success proves his universality.
What Peter finds fascinating to observe are the abstraction, rhythms and repetitions of nature. Paradoxically, nature works in cycles but it is also constantly in transformation. Thus one never tires of contemplating it, and these moments deserve to be captured in paint. He draws from both his observations and memories, creating universal scenes that are relevant to everyone's experience. The artist first draws the scene on the canvas, then paints it. It's a game between shape and paint in thick and thin layers, where the colors must stay bright. He works with oil paint for its depth of color, layers and sharp edges that give the painting its unique texture. He then lets the paint dry, which can take several weeks due to the thickness of the layers. "In my work, I try to give my vision of nature, a classical theme that I depict in a contemporary and personal way. The aim is that everyone can find themselves in my paintings, through their memories or their dreams."
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