TRAVEL REPORT: TRAVEL WITH VAN LOON GALLERIES
Visiting the studios of artists
Over the past three weeks, the gallery has been able to take a look at the studios of various artists in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. The full journey with the various photos of the studios was shared via the gallery’s Instagram page and Facebook page. In this news item we would like to take you on this digital journey once again.
Marek Zyga (Poland)
We travel on to Marek Zyga’s studio in Poland. It consists of a creative studio, a room for baking ceramics and a room for packing ready-made works. “I use different chamotte masses to make sculptures. They differ in color, granulation and physical properties. The works are glazed and fired at temperatures of 850-1500 degrees Celsius.”
We continue our journey through Italy to the studio of artist Rabarama. The artist makes the prototypes of her creatures in clay in her studio. “Once finished, I entrust all these prototypes to the foundry that realizes the bronze statue. When even the smallest detail has been evaluated and arranged by me, the statue is painted by me personally, bringing the whole to life.”
Jeffrey Robb (England)
The studio of photographer Jeff Robb is located in London. Robb is known for his photographic work of female nudes and abstract shapes in space. Sensuality, restriction in box-like frames or the suggestion of a free fall, always graceful, characterize his photos of the women. “In my work I capture a moment with special lighting, a self-developed setup and linking of cameras”.
Jacqueline Desmet (Belgium)
The last stop before the return to the Netherlands is at Jacqueline Desmet’s studio in Belgium. She has been passionate about visual work for over 25 years. Her cheerful, often colourful ceramic creations have made her famous. “The images are disarming, radiate positivity, often have subtle humor and invite their viewer to put the daily routine into perspective and to enjoy it.”
Karin van de Walle (Germany)
The first stop of the journey is Germany, where we are welcomed in the studio of artist Karin van de Walle. Here her recognizable sculptures are created that are typical in their idiosyncrasy, extravagance and infinite mobility. The result is sculptures in ceramics, porcelain, cast marble, sometimes bronze and sculptures made of recyclable or recycled material.
Matthias Verginer (Italy)
The studio of Matthias Verginer can be found in Northern Italy. He makes sculptures of animals and human figures that are full of humor and pure intelligence. “It’s a small studio, shared with my brother and father. The sculptures are all born here. Starting from an idea, gluing the flans of wood together, cutting and finishing all the details. Finally, paint is applied to the works where necessary.”
Paz Sanz Fle (Spain)
In sunny Spain we visit the workshop of Paz Sanz Fle, surrounded by olive and lemon trees. The artist works here on her ceramic sculptures of women with an African appearance. “In my positive image, I see these women as a symbol of the enormous inner strength and perseverance of these women with a smile. The eyes are closed because the real power is inside.”
David Begbie (England)
We stay in London for a while to visit the studio of David Begbie, steel mesh artist. At these locations he makes sculptures that he shapes in such a way that the real image and the shadow are twins. “The play of light that arises is phenomenal and intriguing. A series of relationships such as male and female, positive and negative, matter and antimatter, light and dark are encapsulated in the sculptures.”
Joris van Spaendonck (Netherlands)
The last stop of the journey is Joris van Spaendonck’s studio. Here he creates his paintings that are always inspired by nature. He takes impressions he gains during his walks to his studio to make his own translation. “I am an outsider among the office clerks. But working from home is not an option for me. That is why I love to work in my studio every day.”