Original Oil and Acrylic Paintings on Canvas
1970, The Netherlands
Edo Kaaij’s style is a mesmerising blend of the figurative and abstract merging successfully to create a new approach to the human face.
After a period of focusing on creating purely abstract paintings, Edo felt the need to incorporate further aspects of realism into his paintings. Inspired by the female face, Edo combines traditional portraiture with thick paint and abstract textures which effortlessly integrate with his figurative subject. Figures present the illusion of moving through blocks of colour, peeking out of the canvas and delicately reflecting light. Edo says, “I’m always looking for a balance between the contrast of abstract and figurative form in my work, whereby I often let the subject prevail.” His paintings transmit the beauty and kindness he sees in people around him.
This Dutch painter lives and works in Amsterdam. its vibrant energy, historical architecture and the enormous cultural diversity of its inhabitants are a constant source of inspiration. Edo has loved and lived to paint since his early childhood working alongside his grandfather, the Dutch naïve artist Cornelis Kaaij.
Edo says, ‘When I was about 10 years old my parents bought a work from Karel Appel. His abstract art fascinated me because his seemingly random textures of paint allowed you to make your own image. Like my grandfather showed me that you don’t have to paint the sun yellow, Karel Appel’s work showed me it doesn’t have to be round either.’
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