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Rutger Termohlen (1977, Breda the Netherlands)
His career didn’t quite start like the ones of most artists: as a child he was deaf for two years. A period in which he was compelled to look at the surrounding world from a different world of view. He shifted his focus almost entirely to the visual and-equipped with his drawing materials he created his own world. a world in which he examined and compared an infinite amount of faces,shapes,colours and objects.
It is obvious Termohlen was destined to be a pictorial storyteller who, in his own words, is searching for “the animal nature”. For example ,horses are a recurrent theme in his work; “They are proud and strong animals until you hurt them”. According to Termohlen. This remark once more confirms that he often attributes human qualities to animals,which is shown in the colourful fantascapes he creates.
These landscapes, filled with animals and men never originate from sketches but are being arranged on canvas by pen right away, form and intuitive.
Even as a child he already used a pen, not a pencil. A dash of the pen is definate and direct and that is so more exciting than the safety of a pencil stroke. Any possible mistake is visible and the artist has to ad layers to change the image. He takes a risk and by doing so the ultimate work gets better.
It is not suprising that the combination of intuition, swiftness and directness drew him towards graffiti scene as a teenager. This combination sharpened and influenced his pictorial qualities and cannot be found in any other art movement.
In consequence of that we discover in Termohlens work a “definate fluency” His drawing in pen ,without sketching first, gives his work and working method a permanent yet loose character. The viewer witnesses the painter being at ease and in harmony within his own world. A safe haven from which he keeps on creating new worlds.
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