Robert van Bolderick
My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination of symbols, ancient cave paintings and contemporary street art. Rhythm, pattern and balance is important in the paintings that I make. I start each painting with a sketch and then building up layers of collage materials that consist of found old and contemporary newspaper clippings and photos, old text notes, sheet music, pigment and sand. Much of the paper and notes are from my home and childhood.
These collage pieces are then cut and mounted on to the canvas or board in a specific way to form the underlying pattern for the painting. Like the memory, the paper and image clips are fragmented across the canvas.
This helps lay the foundation for the initial imagery and paves the way for the following applications of an impasto layers of paint.
The paintings includes clues and fragments from the past, mixed with symbols and figures from the petro glyphs and cave paintings. I use fragments of the past and the present. Some symbols are old and well known; others are made up and resemble ancient symbols and writing. I create images in which the meanings of the adjacent symbols change.
My paintings are a combination of mixed media works that involves acrylic, oil, tempera, gauche and collage elements. Texture, surface treatments and color are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and compelling presence.
The goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art that engages the viewer, is endlessly absorbing and promotes a meaningful dialogue. Where the images can be seen as decorative, but also give an interest to move closer to see more details.
Documenting the lives and our footprint through time and what the future have to show, history repeats itself. This has happened, mixed with a dreamy, ethereal world.
Robert van Bolderick (born in Stockholm, 1968) have both Swedish and Dutch descent.
Works in his private studio in Stockholm.
As an artist, he uses techniques such as oil painting, sculpture, watercolor and photography and mixed media with newspaper clippings, sheet music, old photos and flyers. In the creation he contrasts ancient and modern symbols. This will create an image in which the meanings of the adjacent symbols change. Uses hieroglyphs and cave paintings along with the modern symbols of our mass media society, old family pictures, notes, recent event or historical peeping out in texts and images. This creates a picture where these symbols lose their inherent symbolic value and become part of a new image.
Available at many private collectors in Sweden, the U.S., Europe, and companies such as Sweden’s parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Dutch Embassy, Stockholm, the Swedish Embassy, Vienna, Hotel Park Inn, Kabi Pharmacia Upjohn, Rank Xerox.
Was involved in the project Children Art Museum in Stockholm in the late 90’s. Produced exhibitions / workshops at the World Congress in child psychiatry with Astrid Lindgren’s Hospital, School Expo with Future School, Culture trolley with SJ, the largest train operator in Sweden.
“When you first meet Robert van Boldericks paintings one feels an irresistible urge to start twisting and turning on them. Of course you do not do it, but instead try to move closer to not miss any important detail. Photographs, sheet music, newspaper articles, and much other stuff listed, flanked by small primitive figures and symbols.”
Petra Holm, Örebro Courier
“Creativity, style and choice of color, minimal but very strong.”
Melissa Colangelo, Artmeet
“Conveys a sense of authenticity, documenting the lives and our footprint through time. This has happened, mixed with a dreamy, ethereal world. It is an art that concern.”
Irenne, Gallery Studio four seasons
“Magazine clippings looming up over the impasto paint layers. The images are aesthetic appealing. Painting both superficially and deep.”
Annika Forstorp, Allehanda