How the passion awaked.
Drawing has always been a passion for me. Although I did it only a little because there was always so much other work to do, unconscious I was putting scribbles on whatever that I wanted to give a meaning.
Now after a career of 35 years and more than a half century life has gone, it is time to explore the passion that is in me.
Seek out my ‘signature’, in what can I distinguish. Knowing I have patience, I want to bring a story and am used to draw scribbles in my notebook with a BIC. Meanwhile I have seen a lot of works from Jan Fabre and as Jan describes, the BIC blue does have something magical. This was some inspiration together with the full scratched sheets that he produced.
But in my opinion, it should be more structured, not crisscross but aligned, the lines should bring some rest. Just like Erik Satie plays the piano, note by note, line by line. As a piece of music they forming a total story.
My signature should be unique from other ballpen works.
How the name AP-p-ART was born.
When I was searching for a name that could described my work, I thought immediately on ‘APART’ (separate, not common, special).
I hope that the works that I make separate themselves from others. Unfortunately, the name ‘APART’ was certainly not at all original. This name was already widely taken as the name for an institution, an organization or other work. So, we needed to be even more ‘special’.
I confess, I am not the best writer and make a lot of grammatical mistakes. So why not to be bold, it would be even more artistic and I created a language mistake. That is even more special and always good material to start a discussion.
Maybe it is the reversed order but now as I got my artistic name, APPART, how to match it now with my vision? Who am I and what would I represent?
Art is an easy one as we want to create art. But those other letters ‘APP’? No, it is not a reference to the app’s (applications) on our smartphones or PC’s.
‘P’ can stand for Painting, Portrait, Pen or Performance.
‘A’ might represent even Apart.
Brainstorming in my empty head, a lot of wind, low noise and no results.
And suddenly, as sent from heaven, my son says, “A Passion for Pen Art”.
Voila, a new pseudonym was born. “A Passion for Pen Art” is a perfect synonym for what I wanted to represent and what I want to convey.
So, my first works were only drawings with ballpen. A lot of patience and discipline. You could say that being working on these kinds of drawings that it is a kind of therapy. Sitting in front of your desk and drawing lines close to each other, who will on the end tells a story.
On a certain moment they asked me a work where I was obliged to paint instead of using my ballpen. It all worked so well that from then I started to paint and changed my work of art with more paintings.
Although I love the ballpen, with the metal shine, I started to believe that with paint you even can put more expression in the subject.
I hope that you will enjoy the work and that it also can inspire you.