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comment by Mister Savage Dec 15, 2003I hope I haven't posted this twice, but if I have, I apologise to you fine people.
Please don't think this is anything to do with any previous form of transport (see my space if you're confused) but my favourite painter is Edward Hopper. That's why I've taken to Koen's work so well, because there's something unmistakably Hopper-like about his fascination with light and stucture. See, I loved the way Hopper could make an ordinary building in the middle of a town seem so lonely and deserted by using nothing but light and shadow. It draws you in.
Koen's style seems similar (from these three images), although slightly less technical. I would dearly like to see more of this, as it seems right up my street!
comment by Francesca Gavin Dec 18, 2003Yes the paintings were very Hopperesque - they same kind of empty loneliness and simplicity. Whitecube sell a great catalogue to accompany the show - i think available on their website - if you want to see more of his work.
comment by Mister Savage Jan 8, 2004I think I'll have to try and go along at some point. It sounds extremely interesting. The thing about Hopper was that his paintings were so often uneventful - it made you look at things differently. I used to spend hours just lost in paintings of lighthouses, or petrol stations, just looking at the walls and windows - it forced you to consider things more closely, I guess.
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