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Peter de Graaff, Utrecht (1961) Peter de Graaff is a painter tout court. In his quest for the ‘ultimate’ painting he eagerly uses age-old vocabulary of painting. In his recent paintings the joy of painting is visible and his small works manoeuvres, he is not afraid to show the humor of the experiment. The interior plays an important part in his paintings. The starting point is... Read more

Peter de Graaff, Utrecht (1961) Peter de Graaff is a painter tout court. In his quest for the ‘ultimate’ painting he eagerly uses age-old vocabulary of painting. In his recent paintings the joy of painting is visible and his small works manoeuvres, he is not afraid to show the humor of the experiment. The interior plays an important part in his paintings. The starting point is copies of photos of historic interiors that are used as a first draft. Then he constructs his work transparently; layer by layer, so that the view from one layer to the other remains visible. The manoeuvres are small works in which the photos do not serve as a first draft but as a background. The manoeuvres are no longer a painterly reconstruction of space, but about experimental interventions on images that stimulate and challenge the artist. The images hidden in different layers of the work are countless, from serene Madonnas to voluptuous 1950’s mannequins and from gaudy porcelain to house plants. The painterly interventions are equally diverse, thoughtful and light-hearted. Finally, all layers in the work are joined and sealed by a glossy layer of epoxy.

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