Dutch Artist, based in, The Hague, Holland, Painting : Ad Van Riel
1) What Artbooks are you currently looking at?
I must say I hardly look atartbooksanyway.Artbooksfor me areinformatif. Only when I want to know something about a painter or his/her works, I do a quick Google-scan, that is all. Twenty years ago I thought that inspiration could be found in studying books and information on others works. Found out this was not true. At the moment I am reading "Fish Face", aphotobookon fish-heads and fish-eyesbyDavid Doubilet. Studying it for months now. Great book with fantastic photos.
2) What was the last truly inspiring Artbook you saw?
That must be years ago.... I think it was a book on Francis Bacon, the catalogue of his great exhibition in London in the late '90's. But sold ittoo. I have noartbookson my bookshelf anymore. I do not watch TV, no films, try to avoid visual information,witchcomesbythousands a day. It all distracts me fromconcentrationon my own work.
3) Give us the name of your favorite overlooked or underappreciated Artist?
That must beme......Advan Riel
4) What are your Artistic guilty pleasures? Do you have a favorite genre/style?
I do not know if it is a guilty pleasure, but I love to watch patterns of wallpaper or fabrics, especially Indian or African fabrics.Folkloristicdecorationstyles,bodypaintings, clothing and/orbodydecoration of ethnic decent, nail decorations, make-up and tattoos. I am fascinated by decorative culture, fashion, lifestyles and human life in general.
5) If we came to your studio what would we see?
A very well organized gigantic chaos. Drawings, little notes, fresh (or less fresh) canvasses in all their stadia, brushes, paint, paint, paint, papers, pots and boxes, pencils, flintpaper, etc., etc. All arranged in its own place, so I can find my way through it, even if I would be blind. Many things have the same place for years. Always try to leave as much space as possible for working.
6) What’s the best Artbook on (Your nationalities) Art you’ve ever read?
I have never read anartbookand thought it could be the bestonart. I have read many books about art, looking at pictures, photos. And forgot them again. And still trying to do so. Many things that are written about art and artists are interesting from a historical point of view. Not for the art itself. Never spend words on it, please.
7) What subject other than Art, are you interested in? That nevertheless informs your work?
All subjectsonbiology. I am very interested in plant life, the chemical processes in plants, growth, all different kinds of flowers.Cellstructures. Alpine flora. Desert flora. And the animals with whom we are living here together. Ecology. All thelifeformsin the oceans. We are less alone when we should have more respect and understanding on the creatures we are surroundedwith.
8) What was the last Artbook that made you happy?
There are noartbooksthat make me sad or happy. I only useartbooksto look for something.Anartbookis study material. There recentlyappeireda new book on Van Gogh, inwhitchall of his paintings are grouped together onplaceshe has lived. This gives a fresh idea on how he developed hispaintership. Forgot the writer and/or title. But it is out now.
9) What was the last Artbook that made you sad?
Artbooksthat contain works of anamateuristicquality. Everyone who has takes a few courses can make his/her ownartbooknowadays. No problem with that. But, please, do not call it art. Give it to friends, family and relatives. Burn theleft-oversona chillyautumnday. It is a story ofcreatifskills. There are many ways throughout the Internet to publish and exhibit creative products of this kind for a lot of money. They are all called "art". Infact itis acreativiteproduct, unsurprising, not showing any skills,colourless, formless. And...nocontenence.
10) What kind of person were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood memories, which made you an Artist? how have you grown over the years what has changed what remained the same?
I was a child that lived in his owndreamworld. And I still do. Only I have learned during the years to give it a form, which you can call art. As a child it was hard for me to socialize. I was an observer, no participant. This aspect made me an artist and it took me a lot of years and a lot of experiences to be aware of this and accept it as it was and make it an instrument in making art. Making art is coming close toskin, not close to thinking and rationalism.
11) Whom do you consider your Artistic Masters? Do you believe in mastery?
I do not believe in artistic masters, but I believe strongly in an education at an Art Academy. That is the place where you can develop as an artist. Becoming an artist happens after that period. During the academical period there are several teachers that you can call "my masters". They give the founded critics on your work that is needed to grow. The label "selftought" makes me a little nervous. There are exceptions throughoutarthistory, but nowadays it is unavoidable to have an education in art.Selfcriticismis something that needs to be developed, and that is somethingwichcan not beselftoughtthat easy. I see in many products that are called "art" by the makers themselves a lack ofselfcriticism. Being an artist is a lifestyle for them, not a way ofexcisting. Please, feel free to comment......
12) Which Artists have had the most impact on you as an Artist? Is there a particular Art Work that made you want to be an Artist? Please upload an image to justify your statement?
Yes, there is. Jeroen Bosch (Hieronymus Bosch), the Garden of Delight. This painting, as a poster, hung in my teenage bedroom for years. I always imagined how it would be, if I was the maker of this highly exceptional work of art, as I found out later. In a time and place where religious "terror" has its roots, this work of human fantasy and humour could survive, which, in fact, is unbelievable. This painting, as a symbol, is a sign for all of us to get free of all religious bullshit we are surrounded with on this planet. Capitalism, colonialism and economic growth included,witchare new ways of common day religion. humourcould survive, which, in fact, is unbelievable. This painting, as a symbol, is a sign for all of us to get free of all religious bullshit we are surrounded with on this planet. Capitalism, colonialism and economic growth included,witchare new ways of common day religion.
13) What gear do you use, and how does your gear, support your Artistic vision. How would you describe your Artistic Workflow what software, hardware, storage, & materials and processes do you use?
I do not use any gear, I try to make good works and that is more and more recognized. Creating a website for my works has proved to be a helpful gear in reaching any audience. The processes of using the paint, the materials I choose and use for creating images are all part of the game. Found it out after many years of experimenting and developing. Storage of my work is in safe hands. I store a lot of photos of my works on a hard disc, but also in catalogues. The digital highway has made art a worldwide and democratic issue, which is a very good development. Art should no longer be something for some elite. It should be part of our dayly life. Just like that..makegood works and that is more and more recognized. Creating a website for my works has proved to be a helpful gear in reaching any audience. The processes of using the paint, the materials I choose and use for creating images are all part of the game. Found it out after many years of experimenting and developing. Storage of my work is in safe hands. I store a lot of photos of my works on a hard disc, but also in catalogues. The digital highway has made art a worldwide and democratic issue, which is a very good development. Art should no longer be something for some elite. It should be part of ourdaylylife. Just like that..daylylife. Just like that.
14) Do you have any regrets with regards to your Art especially when starting out. What would you do differently?
My art shows a development from the earlier years into what I am doing now. I would probably do it the same. Art is about looking forward, not back. It is a state of mind, a form ofmindecologythat should be very well founded in the person who tries to make art. At the same time, on achieving this, letting go a lot of preoccupations onart. I hope all of them...
15) In your genre style of work, what are the challenges/opportunities to your business. How do you envision yourself 5 years from now?
I have no plans for my work 5 years from now. I continue to do what I am doing, and that can be hard enough. One painting develops from the other, and again, and again. Exploring depths, not wideness.
16) In your Artists Imagination, how do you perceive India. What painting/Drawings would you like to make of Her?
I have never been in India, but I imagine that it is a country with great contrast,coulourful, beautiful nature and beautiful people. I could therefor make a painting that is full of people, with many colours and lovely contrasts. But what I know of India, I have seen through the eyes of other people. Should be there to give a more objectif answer.
Biography In His Own Words
Ad van Riel (Breda - 1959)
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, St. Joost, Breda (NL).
"Painting, as for me, is only about paint, not about creating an image or expressing a personal countenance. In the smears and brushing patterns, all kind of figures and images reveal themselves. I wipe them out or let them stay. Staring for a long time to wallpaper or a wall in a bad illuminated room creates images that can be recognized. On first sight, my work looks like wallpaper, but on a closer and longer view my world is revealing itself. I do not care about the style or art-form my work can be placed in. I only ask for an attentive eye.....
Exhibitions mainly The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Romania.
Found in many collections worldwide.