Artist of the Week 2
Ton Dubbeldam was born in the small town of Schoonhoven, Holland in 1957. His father was a musician and his grandfather a painter. As a boy, his passion for art was fueled by trips to Paris and the French countryside, where he was inspired by the works of Impressionist masters Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Klimt.
From Klimt he learned to do the high or very low horizons for which he is known. Through these unique views (as through the eyes of a child), the water and sky are strongly accented. This technique is combined with a particular light effect (“repousser”) Dubbeldam creates by pushing the light through the rear of the painting and making the foreground very dark. Dubbeldam says, “You take a step into the painting and follow the light.”
Ton Dubbeldam studied six years to become an art teacher, but after teaching only two years, he decided to paint full time when his own artwork started selling throughout Europe.
“Close by, fixed on the horizon.
You know where to go to.
Easy to navigate
Your destination twinkles.”
-From “Below the Surface” by Ton Dubbeldam
The following is from an article in European Life Magazine, in which Dubbeldam was recently featured for the painting above:
“Richly dressed ladies and gentlemen walk across the painting with a definite air of grandeur. At first glance they seem to be placed at will, but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that artist Ton Dubbeldam (1957) has used color to bring both movement and order to this painting.
The scene shows a tremendous richness of color from sky blue and cool violet to a soft pink and a deep red. But the artist deftly uses the color orange to bring structure to the dynamic scene, leading from the woman in the bottom left to the figure all the way in the back to the right.
Dubbeldam is a master of color and he proves it once and for all with this masterpiece.”
Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by Ton Dubbeldam.
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