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André Smits

Anuli Croon

Rotterdam, NL

Painting • Born in Leeuwarden, NL • Studied at Akademie Art & Design St. Joost, Den Bosch, NL

Published  18/04/2017   |   Updated  26/01/2020

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My paintings and works on paper show constructions that represent figures, interiors and parts of cities as autonomous identities.
The figures as well as the urban fragments are composed of an assemblage of visual elements of different origins.

In a painting I always take my departure from varying viewpoints/perspectives. This way the paintings are becoming constructions that are open to several interpretations. The body...

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My paintings and works on paper show constructions that represent figures, interiors and parts of cities as autonomous identities.
The figures as well as the urban fragments are composed of an assemblage of visual elements of different origins.

In a painting I always take my departure from varying viewpoints/perspectives. This way the paintings are becoming constructions that are open to several interpretations. The body shapes, noses and hands are stylized, the ambient features are made up of evenly looking planes and patterns.

In my work I aim to combine different viewpoints in order to achieve a convincing picture. Basically everything is equally important and weighs equally heavily. I make no distinction in terms of time or style: classical, modern, folk art, fashion, textiles, architecture, art, comic strips - anything that comes to mind crystallizes out and I force it together in paintings to give it an individual identity.

My influences are diverse:
Modern art, applied art, folk art; tapestries and textiles; comics and graphic novels; posters, stamps, book covers from various times and cultures.
- Giotto, Malevich, Roy Lichtenstein, Cranach, Holbein, Seurat, Zurburán, Rogier van der Weijden, Philip Guston, Jean Brusselmans, Hendrik Werkman, Saul Steinberg, Alexander Girard, Eduardo Paolozzi, Charley Harper, Japanese woodblock prints, Patrick Caulfield, Matisse, Ikko Tanaka, Escher, Yrrah, Dick Bruna.

These influences have fostered my imagery and strengthened me in my ambition to find what I was looking for. My paintings relate to a crystallized reality, but not in the form of a story. It is rather a matter of interrupted narratives and connotations that resound in the space. The viewers can wander among the various painted layers, or via the tangent planes where the layers converge.

In the paintings there is no centre; everything seems equally important. They are intangible puzzles that do not allow repetition or unambiguous explanations. This way the paintings are becoming lucid and autonomous constructions that are open to several interpretations.

A.C.

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André Smits

MURAL, Central hall, Central Military Hospital commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

MURAL, Central hall, Central Military Hospital commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

MURALS | RIJNSTATE HOSPITAL ZEVENAAR | 2018

MURALS | RIJNSTATE HOSPITAL ZEVENAAR | 2018

Goethe Institut Rotterdam Solo 2018

Goethe Institut Rotterdam Solo 2018

BLAK _ city landscape, 180x150cm, 2017

BLAK _ city landscape, 180x150cm, 2017

BLAK _ landscape, 180x150cm, 2017

BLAK _ landscape, 180x150cm, 2017

Fragment of a City, 30x40cm, 2012

Fragment of a City, 30x40cm, 2012

Fragment of a City, 30x40cm, 2012

Fragment of a City, 30x40cm, 2012

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam

Studio Rotterdam

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Mug & City II, 180 x 150 cm, 2015 // private collection

Mug & City II, 180 x 150 cm, 2015 // private collection

Overview Anuli Croon_left: PENTHOUSE I, 170x250cm, 2015 _ Coll. ERASMUS University Rotterdam right: Tronie & City, 180x150cm, 2015 _ Coll. Ministerie van BUZA Buitenlandse Zaken NL/ Coll. Ministery of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands on the black wall: Plant in Pot, 29,7 x 21 cm, 2015, stencil on paper | sjabloon op papier, range of 8 - multiple: 10 _ Collected

Overview Anuli Croon_left: PENTHOUSE I, 170x250cm, 2015 _ Coll. ERASMUS University Rotterdam right: Tronie & City, 180x150cm, 2015 _ Coll. Ministerie van BUZA Buitenlandse Zaken NL/ Coll. Ministery of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands on the black wall: Plant in Pot, 29,7 x 21 cm, 2015, stencil on paper | sjabloon op papier, range of 8 - multiple: 10 _ Collected

Tronie & City II, 180x150cm, 2013

Tronie & City II, 180x150cm, 2013

Studio Anuli Croon _ Photography by André Smits | Artist In The World

Studio Anuli Croon _ Photography by André Smits | Artist In The World

Yellow Sweater, 180x150cm, 2010

Yellow Sweater, 180x150cm, 2010

Wind's Up V, 170x250cm, 2011 matte acryl on canvas

Wind's Up V, 170x250cm, 2011 matte acryl on canvas

TAC Eindhoven _ BuroBEUKORKEST THE CONDUCTOR TALES - CITY WALK : Anuli Croon / paintings, Marie Caye / summer in the corner

TAC Eindhoven _ BuroBEUKORKEST THE CONDUCTOR TALES - CITY WALK : Anuli Croon / paintings, Marie Caye / summer in the corner

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam 2018

Studio Rotterdam 2018

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

nobody there but me and the work.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

in my studio I listen to music like The Black Angels, Joan As Police Woman, Junior Kimbrough, The XX, Angel Olsen, 18+, Sleaford Mods and many others. When I am in need for voices from the outside world I will listen on the internet to talks and interviews. And I can work for days in complete silence.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

my paintings as well as my works on paper I make with the help of paint rollers, small brushes, Scotch tape, ruler, home-made stencils and stamps. For materials I use gesso, matt acrylic paint, fluorescent paint, metallic paint and crayons. The handwriting has no touch. The material is framed by tape, stencils and ruler. The texture is matt - except where metallic paint has been applied - and looks more like textile than paint. This springs from the idea to develop my own imagery from an analytical and detached modus operandi, in which the diversity of my artistic interests can be incorporated.

What themes do you pursue?

my paintings and works on paper show constructions that represent figures, interior, landscape and parts of cities as autonomous identities _ the figures as well as the urban fragments are composed of an assemblage of visual elements of different origins.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019

ÜBERGANGSWEISE 9 _ Goethe-Institut Rotterdam

GROUP

2018

"Trans Form" at Mint | London UK

"Rock Paper Salt Air" Mint | London UK

"Genius Loci Leeuwarden" at VHDG | Leeuwarden NL

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

BUZA_Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

DELA, NL

Dutch Ministry of Defense

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EDUCATION (detailed)

1984 - 1989 The Royal Academy of Art and Design, ’s-Hertogenbosch

1999 Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam / Modern History of Art by Marlite Halbertsma, Rotterdam


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