Bart van Oijen (Vlijmen, 1949) is a Dutch artist. From 1970 to 1975 he studied at the Academy for Visual Arts in Arnhem. After his education he initially worked in an illustrative, often fairy-tale manner. Usually figurative, and clearly recognizable.
Van Oijen’s realistic work gradually changed; his paintings became more and more abstract, i.e. he started alienating reality, or even saying goodbye to that reality, just by using color and shape. Currently he is mainly concerned with brightly-colored abstract lyrical works. His techniques include mainly acrylics on canvas and mixed media on canvas and paper. Now and then, however, he makes a temporarily switch to his old love: animal drawings, a never ending love
In his abstract work Mother Nature can often be seen as a pictorial starting-point, but during the working-process she can disappear more or less. Van Oijen uses only a few brushes, as he has clearly found his own techniques while ignoring conventional practices: without any problem he uses rags and his fingers to achieve the desired results. The aim of the artist is to create something beautiful in form and color. He is looking for the absolute beauty. He knows that this will always remain his goal, and that’s what keeps it fascinating for him. His work became influenced by his journeys to Malta, Crete, Scotland and Ireland. After moving to the north-east countryside of Hollands’ province Groningen he changed his use of colors.
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