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10.7.18

Ikea



Ikea
painting of a woman and man looking for 'art' in Ikea store

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
36 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 93,3 x 70 cm
2007

In an Ikea store painting of I saw a woman and a man looking for so-called paintings.

Of course the art they're looking at isn't real art, these are just prints on canvas not even limited in edition. Thousands of the same image are in circulation and many have them in their homes. I thought it would be interesting to paint those images as a way to elevate them to real art.

With Ikea I want to raise questions about consumerism and of course just make an image that's beautiful to look at too.

If you're interested in purchasing this painting just send me an email to info@gerardboersma.nl stating the title for more information and price.

kind regards, Gerard

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13.6.18

In The Car- Painting Of Woman Enjoying Painting By Roy Lichtenstein

In The Car
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Roy Lichtenstein

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
35 1/2" x 23 2/3" or 90 x 60 cm
2018

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The woman on my painting is enjoying In The Car by Roy Lichtenstein in a museum. In The Car is one of a series from the early 1960s in which Lichtenstein deals with the theme of romance.

Lichtenstein would paint his pop art works on a monumental scale, much enlarged from his original source material of comic-strip illustrations. His paintings present archetypal images of contemporary America, simultaneously glamorous, mundane, dramatic and impersonal.

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kind regards, Gerard

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12.6.18

Welder- Painting Of A Man Welding



Welder
painting of a man welding

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
20 x 20" or 51 x 51 cm
2010
SOLD

This is a commissioned piece I did some years ago. I still love the contrast between light and dark.

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11.6.18

Guardian- Attendant Guarding Simon Vouet's Venus And Adonis



Guardian
painting of attendant standing in front of
Simon Vouet's Venus and Adonis
as seen in the Getty Center in LA

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
36 3/4" x 22 2/3" or 93,3 x 57,5 cm
2009
SOLD

In 2009 I visited Los Angeles as I was showing my work at the LA Art Show. Friends who were so kind to let me stay at their house urged me to visit the Getty. So I did!

Located on a hill and accessible only by a little train this museum not only offers spectacular art, the views are spectacular as well.

Inside I saw this guard in front of Simon Vouet's Venus and Adonis. I took a picture which I later used as a reference.

Quite a while later my friends visited the Getty themselves and recognized the guard from my painting!

They asked if he knew a painter from the Netherlands had paint him in front of this baroque painting. Of course he didn't had a clue and was quite surprised to hear so!

My friends made sure he saw an image of the painting in which he played a leading role. He absolutely loved it!

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7.6.18

Waste Of Time- Painting Of My Brother Lying On The Couch At My Parent's House To Watch Some TV

Waste Of Time
painting of my brother lying on the couch at my parent's house to watch some tv

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
15" x 20" or 38 x 51 cm
2005

One night, I believe it was Christmas eve, I saw my brother lying on the coach at my parent's house to watch some television. I grabbed my camera, took a pic which I later used as a reference for this painting.

If you look closely you see a lamp, a donkey and a dog sitting on top of the tv. My parents actually had those things there.

To me the lamp symbolizes enlightenment. That's the relief you think you get from watching tv. In reality it's a burden to watch, represented by the donkey. But you faithfully keep on watching anyway. This faith is symbolized by the dog.

By the way, did you notice that there's literally nothing to watch already?

All the best, Gerard

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6.6.18

New York Movie- Painting Of Man Enjoying Painting By Edward Hopper

New York Movie
painting of a man enjoying a painting by Edward Hopper

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
59" x 48" or 150 x 120 cm
2018

A movie theater is a place where you can escape for a few hours into a different world. The usherette in Hopper's painting probably has seen the movie a thousand times and just waits for its ending.

In the meantime she leans against the wall reflecting her own thoughts. But while doing so she also invites the viewer to reflect on theirs. I invite you to do the same.

New York Movie and Ballet Dance Class will be first shown to the public at the summer show at Galerie Twee Pauwen in The Hague.

If you're interested in purchasing this painting just send me an email to info@gerardboersma.nl for more info, detailed pics and price.

All the best, Gerard

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5.6.18

Op Art- Painting Of Woman Enjoying Painting By Victor Vasarely

Op Art
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Robert Indiana

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
35 1/2" x 23 2/3" or 90 x 60 cm
2018

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After quite a few studies I finally settled on this compostion of a woman enjoying a painting by Victor Vasarely.

He was a French-Hungarian artist credited as the father of the Op Art movement, short for Optical Art. Utilizing geometric shapes and colorful graphics, the artist created compelling illusions of spatial depth, as seen in this work my figure is enjoying in a museum.

Painting Op Art is quite an experience. The checker board kept dancing before my eyes and I had to take regular breaks to rub my eyes a bit! I like how the painting is almost entirely black and white with just a few dashes of color here and there on the figure.

If you're interested in purchasing this painting just click on the link above or send me an email to info@gerardboersma.nl for more info, detailed pics and price.

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31.5.18

Las Vegas Bar- Painting Of Woman Working In Bar

Las Vegas Bar
painting of working in bar in Las Vegas

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm
2015

SOLD

Figures on my work usually don't do too much. They're pretty introverted and communicate very little with one another. I sometimes wonder if they aren't under enormous psychological tension.

Take this woman on my painting Las Vegas Bar. The customers are gone or haven't appeared just yet (as there's hardly any daylight it's very difficult to tell time in a Las Vegas hotel lobby where this bar is located.) She's just standing there fiddling with something we cannot see. Probably washing a glass or two. All we see is her vulnerable back which pushes the viewer into the role of voyeur.

All the best, Gerard

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25.5.18

Gameshow (Lingo)- Painting Of Two Candidates Playing Lingo On National Television

Gameshow (Lingo)
painting of two candidates playing lingo on national television

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
20 1/4" x 35 1/2" or 51,5 x 90 cm
2014

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One night while watching television I stumbled upon this gameshow called Lingo where two teams have to guess a word within a maximum of five turns. Here you see team 1 with candidates Maarten and Wessel trying to guess a five letter word that starts with a 'P'.

I thought it would be a great idea to freeze time and just quietly observe what I was watching: two guys standing behind a desk filled with balls in a candy colored environment playing a silly game on national television for my enjoyment.

I thought it was pretty interesting to transfer an image from one media (television) to another (painting). Tv reality now became painting reality and to me that makes a huge difference.

This scene also reminded me of something that social critic Neil Postman once wrote in one his books. He said: 'A culture fully dedicated to entertainment becomes a trivial culture. Culture death becomes a clear possibility.'

And elsewhere Postman wrote: 'The problem isn't that we're laughing instead of thinking, but that we don't know what we're laughing about and why we stopped thinking.'

So I also view this painting as a warning sign of the dangers of too much entertainment. Too much of it reduces us to passivity and egoism. At least that's how I feel about it.

If you're interested in purchasing this painting just click on the link above or send me an email to info@gerardboersma.nl for more info, detailed pics and price.

All the best, Gerard

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23.5.18

Ballet Dance Class- Painting of a woman enjoying a painting by Edgar Degas

Ballet Dance Class
painting of a woman enjoying a painting by Edgar Degas

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
59" x 48" or 150 x 120 cm
2018

I just finished my latest large scaled painting of a woman enjoying Ballet Class by Edgar Degas.

From the 1870s until his death, Degas's favorite subjects were ballerinas at work, in rehearsal or at rest, and he tirelessly explored the theme with many variations in posture and gesture.

Here the class is coming to an end – the pupils are exhausted, they are stretching, twisting to scratch their backs, adjusting their hair or clothes, an earring, or a ribbon, paying little heed to the inflexible teacher, a portrait of Jules Perrot, a real-life ballet master.

Ballet Class will be shown publicly for the first time during the summer show at gallery Twee Pauwen in The Hague. If you're interested in purchasing this painting just let me know!

All the best, Gerard

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