John Konijn (Purmerend, 1979) lives and works in Amersfoort. Working mostly with oil and sometimes with acrylic, Dutch artist John Konijn takes his subjects from his immediate environment—the horizon, skies, land, houses and infrastructure. What’s interesting is that his paintings never contain a central location or destination. They are all about movement and transportation, showing trucks on highways, cars at the crossroads, and forks in the forest—the point of view being mostly of the driver or the walker. Taken together, the artworks reflect the energy, the curiosity and also the restlessness, the perpetual dissatisfaction of the modern world.
Endless curiosity about what is and what is to come, where you can get lost and swim. The special thing about the everyday comes to life in the dynamic play of colors and contrasting paint techniques. The many layers create space and respond to each other.
Konijn is a physical and fast painter. He alternates diluted transparent oil with pasty strokes. The color palette, the dramatic expression and the slightly surrealistic alienated impact create versatile and spatial works.
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