Jos van Beek (Uden, 1945) is a Dutch artist. Whereas expressionism was born primarily out of discontent and fear of the social developments of that moment, the pessimistic sense of life falls for those who have followed the work of Jos van Beek. On the contrary: it breathes an atmosphere of cheerfulness, of optimism and warmth. In short: it mainly breathes the atmosphere of wonder and satisfaction with earthly existence.
The themes in his work are strongly connected to common, everyday life: it can nearly always be found in his work, to a more largely or less recognizable extent, whether it be stylized or not. Moreover, purely abstract work is part of his oeuvre as well. There are often contrasts in color use, undoubtedly intended to optimally strengthen the expressiveness of the color.
His paintings may indeed have the reality of daily life as a source of inspiration, they are absolutely more than a registration of that reality. After all, a painting is a new, unprecedented reality, with it’s own laws, own possibilities and sometimes also annoyances. The paintings by Jos van Beek are living proof of that.
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