Harpsichord oil/canvas 22x31
In the visual arts the play of light is one of the big themes. Think of Caravaggio,s still-lives ,Willem Maris,s cows,and the portrets by the Danish painters Kobke and Eckesberg. According to Weissenbruch light and sky are the great magicans,and Willem Maris once said I don,t paint cows ,but catchers of light". "This also applies to Edwin Aafjes.
He paints solidified light,the magic moment in which nature strikes and to which the artist must react. It is this magic moment that lasts much shorter than it takes to paint it. Painting is reflection,contemplating the possibilities,and perhaps even transforming,arranging,erasing,because the image itself suffices.
Edwin Aafjes is a master of the chiaroscuro,the interplay between daylight and dusk,between shine and shade,between moonlight and night.
Edwin Aafjes also paints silence. Silence tends to speak for itself,although it has become a rare entity.
In Aafjes,s still-lives silence is the second protagonist: the sun touches a vase,a glass, a book; it falls upon a garden,
a terrace with a view of cypresses and pine trees. No-one is there. Just that single,superior instant in which the light caresses a glass table top, a tree trunk,and together with the artist you hold your breeth.
Thanks to Dr J Sillevis (text)
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