Great Art/Small Sizes Festival
03.09.21 — 02.08.21
The ‘Great Art/Small Sizes Festival’ is a celebration of the often overlooked format of small paintings. The aim of the exhibition is to offer visitors the opportunity to engage with the works more intimately. Whether they are observed close-up or as fleeting impressions, the smallness of the paintings invites viewers to be introspective and confronts them with the presence of the artist’s hand. Despite their size, the paintings both ‘packs a punch’ and create more scope for affordable pricing- giving visitors’ the chance to “literally” immediately pocket and take an original artwork home with them.
The exhibition will showcase the work of artists Arie Schippers and Anne Feddema; both of whom have produced an array of rich and layered small scale paintings which vividly meld together elements of realism and fantasy. Although the pieces have not been produced in a collaboration between both artists, they undoubtedly talk to and enhance each other greatly.
Schippers (1952, NL) graduated from Rotterdam Academy and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Schippers has received several prizes and awards such as Prix de Rome for painting and a The Sacha Tanja Medal. Schippers' work can be described as very diverse in its character. As painter and sculptor Schippers combines classical realism with magical and fantasy worlds. He is perhaps best known for his realistic depictions of unpicturesque places and spaces.
Feddema (1961, NL) is a Frisian poet, writer and visual artist. He completed his postgraduate studies in 1988 from Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. Feddema's earlier paintings are expressive, multi-coloured and layered. His work on canvas and paper is characterised by its sobriety in both colour and theme. Recently, Feddema explored new mediums and experimented with working on new materials, sometimes producing work on used, industrial packaging. Feddema’s work is filled with intricate details of plants, animals and silhouettes of human figures, often recurring across his work to form loose, disjointed narratives.