- About the artist
Gertjan Scholte-Albers (1971) studied at Academy of Art and Design in Enschede. After he finished his study there he moved to Groningen with family. He paints all his work outside, for him the wind, the smell and the landscapes are full of inspirations.
He does not copy what he sees, but puts a bit of his own imagination into his artworks. It is important for him that what he shows on the painting is not realistic, but an experience. He mostly paints trees who reach from the bottom to the top of his paintings. Scholte-Albers uses a different kind of color-pallete, which is not realistic, his trees can be pink or blue.
Already during his studies at the AKI in Enschede, Gertjan Scholte-Albers decided to exchange painting in a studio for the rich experience of painting outdoors. For 20 years he has been going out with his bicycle cart, not to brave the elements, but to use them to feed his experience of the landscape that stretches out in front of him. “I experience the changing atmosphere, the direct light and the enormous space. They give me a sense of joy.”
He paints in the woods or on the Groningen Hoge Land, where he has lived since 1999. He knows how to convert his natural experiences into idiosyncratic color harmonies. He himself calls it: “an urge to satisfy the joy of my eye”. Its appearance, together with its cart, is reminiscent of an action painting by Jackson Pollock. Artist, paint, canvas and cart are completely absorbed in the landscape that he paints in an inimitable way.
The striking thing is that his landscapes do not look as if they were painted from reality. The canvases are made in colors that the traditional nature lover does not have in his palette. He converts the contrasts of light and dark that occur in the landscape into his own bright colours. Scholte-Albers is therefore always looking for experiments. He transforms green-gray trees into Ceruleum with ultramarine, against a bright orange sky mixed with lemon yellow.