Not so White Elephant #3 / Simon Schrikker


title: Not so White Elephant #3
artist: Simon Schrikker
year: 2019
medium: aquarel on 600 grams cotton ragged paper
size: ± 55 x 74 cm

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Simon Schrikker (1973) is a painter that lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Schrikkers work is represented in private collections in the Netherlands, the rest of Europe and the United States as well as big Dutch collections like Gemeente Museum the Hague and Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar.

The paintings of Simon Schrikker are a battle between form and content, between painted matter and painted image. His subjects have an apparent simplicity: he paints stray dogs, and recently also sharks and squids. But these images are not illustrations from a book on animal life. For one thing, the images seem to struggle to emerge from the paint. In this sense, these paintings clearly identify themselves as paintings. The medium is part of the message. And since the animals that Simon paints are associated with several degrees of danger and fear, there is also a certain aggression in his images. This aggression returns in the painterly way the surface is treated. As a result of this dialectic, Simon’s work flirts with expressive abstraction: the images arise from matter but immediately seem to disappear into it again, leaving the audience to unravel what it is they are looking at. This dialectic is the engine that propels Simon’s work: what moves on the canvas is, ultimately, a painterly gesture.

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