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Witte Wartena

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Image may be subject to copyright, 2015 Watercolour Felt Tip Pen And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Drawing inspiration again, 2015 Watercolour Felt Tip Pen And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Distractions, 2015 Watercolour Felt Tip Pen And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Drawing inspiration, 2015 Watercolour Felt Tip Pen And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Schillerkiez, Neukölln, Berlin - Engels, 2014 Watercolour Felt Tip Pen And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Exhibited with these artists, 2018 Pencil On Paper 21 X 29,7 Cm © Witte Wartena
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Back to work, 2018 Watercolour And Pencil On Paper 30 X 40 Cm © Witte Wartena
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Amsterdam
Birth year
1976
Schools
Aki academy of visual arts, Enschede, 1998, BA Hons
Edinburgh College of Art - University of Edinburgh, 2006, Masters
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Statement

Witte Wartena spent most of his childhood drawing in his bedroom. Situated in the attic of his Amsterdam home. While reading the Autobiography of Marten Toonder many years later, he discovered that this famous Dutch comic artist had lived there, for one year during the Second World War. Perhaps the atmosphere of this room had an effect on him and could explain why from an early age, he caught the comic bug.

Wartena's work is narrative, based on himself and his surroundings.  Executed in the form of drawings, comics and installations, it features friends, family and scenes from his daily life. The drawings are made as accurately as possible in the sense that they include every detail of our every day existence, such as clutter, rubbish and graffiti: features of our present environment. Like the Genre works from the Dutch Masters, he too shares their passion of portraying people engaged in common activities. The difference is that Wartena knows these people personally.
Wartena likes also to think of his work as snap shot photos, similar to the photo albums his mother has of him since he was born: a personal history book of his life. For Wartena, creating work is a way of preserving his ever-changing reality. He sees beauty in the ever-day world. With his work he wants to make the viewer look at their surroundings with new eyes and see what he sees, beauty in the mundane.

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