Rogier Willems, paintings
the human figure
As an artistRogier Willems creates mainly realistic portraits of large proportions intraditional oils on canvas. He is specialized in full-length portraiture. Thesedays he also paints small scale paintings; 50x65 cm. The detailed space inwhich a person is depicted, takes up an intriguingly meaningful challenge withthe person portrayed. This space and the attributes placed in it notinfrequently refer to the characteristics of the person portrayed, but aboveall evoke a grandeur of associations that exceeds the andecdotal inanticipation. In a monumental setting he tries to connect the intimacy of theindividual with the universality of human existence, this way elevating theportrait into an autonomous work of art which ascends the context of the personportrayed. His style is characterized by a strong epic of clearly definedimages although he avoids telling stories. His works are realistic by natureand often refer to the absurd.

“Today, being an artistin the figurative tradition does not come without responsibility. To keeprealistic painting relevant, it needs depth, intelligence and good taste.
I am an Amsterdam-basedartist ready to try my luck outside the Netherlands. I am convinced that thedeep intellectual and pictorial quality in my work can be appreciated beyondthe Dutch borders. I am focused on expressing the psychological mechanisms ofthe human condition, using portraiture in oil as the vehicle for thisexpression. I research the meaning and spectrum of the painted figure and produce portraits that can be a trueconfrontation.”

In the process ofcreating his paintings Rogier Willems (Dordrecht 1969*) is inspired by manyartists like Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Diego Vélazquez and Balthus. Alsopainters from earlier times were of great inspirational value to him, forinstance Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Fra Angelico and Dirk Bouts.Distinctive features in their works of art such as specific use of perspectiveand frontal depiction of characters are also clearly present in Willems’ work.In addition to his portrait commissions he is working at present on a series ofpaintings based on the religious iconography of late medieval and renaissancetimes. He depicts the great religious theme's of that period but looselyparaphrases on their original depiction and their unique way of dealing withthe subject. In these works he replaces the traditionally religious mood withan almost existentionalistic one in a more common setting. In this seriesWillems attempts to expand the portrait genre by giving the person portrayed awider context than just the personal one.
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