Van de Kerkhof generally paints group scenes that are dimly lit and infused with a sense of quiet menace. The protagonists, claustrophobic spaces, landscapes, houses and other props are rendered in seemingly casual, intuitive brushstrokes. Black, dark brown or dark blue are the dominant shades in his palette, and from which Van de Kerkhof conjures up scenes in warm hues. Shadows throw large darker areas over the painting. And light receives a similar treatment – mostly radiating from lamps or other unnatural sources, it slices through the dark spaces in sections or brighter bands.
Van der Kerkhof’s props and characters are culled from old snapshots found in family albums and re-envisioned in desolate, often disturbing, scenes.
Van de Kerkhof presents us with images in which the staged reality of Edward Hopper meets the psychotic nightmare world of Francis Bacon.
Matijs van de Kerkhof lives and works in Eindhoven and frequently exhibits his work throughout the region.