Kees Salentijn

Kees Salentijn

The Netherlands, 1947

Painter

In addition to lines, Kees Salentijn uses more and more abstract subjects to put figures and their environment together, almost as a construction worker. Myriads of angular and round shapes with patterns and decorations represent the garments with which he composes people. His surfaces are full of patterns, blocks of color and quick splashes of paint. They suggest a flower garden, sidewalk, clouds or simply the sky.

In art, according to Kees, the use of one material is not necessarily better than the other; it’s a means to an end. His style is based on this premise too. For example, one day he can work naively like a child, and the next figuratively classical or expressively abstract, where he makes no distinction in painting, drawing or collage. His drawings appear painted, his paintings appear drawn.

“His drawings appear painted, his paintings appear drawn.”

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Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn
Kees Salentijn