Bas Schippers

Bas Schippers

Bas Schippers (1992) is a painter from Enschede, The Netherlands. His work focuses on the themes of masculinity and vulnerability. Schippers uses stereotypes and cliches to question these topics. Schippers is his own muse, he tries to confirm as well as challenge the accepted traits and features of hyper-masculinity.
 

''Painting for me always came from a place of inner conflict. I always was a lot softer than other boys and didn’t understand how they could hurt one another. I see the bodybuilding lifestyle that I live as an undocumented performance that informs my painting practice. I am my own muse and try to confirm as well as challenge hyper-masculine traits and features''  Bas Schippers       

 

‘Solo Bas Schippers’, is an exhibition of work that he created between the end of 2020 and 2022. The show features 15 acrylic paintings that range in size.  Painted on to MDF, the work is very textured and raw. Through wild brush strokes, he captures the confusion of growing up and having to live up to certain ideals. This roughness is often contrasted with carefully painted motifs and geometric patterns which bring balance to the work.