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17.5.18

Love- Painting Of Woman Enjoying Painting By Robert Indiana

Love
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Robert Indiana

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm
2018

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One thing I love about art is that it creates this sense of oneness while enjoying it. This has to do with the golden ratio. I have a whole theory about that which I won't get into now, but maybe later.

In any case I believe art enables us to contact our essence, our own silent eye of the golden ratio if you will. When you do I sure hope you'll find nothing but love there.

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kind regards, Gerard

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6.3.18

Eight Heads- Man Enjoying Print By M.C. Escher



Eight Heads
painting of a man enjoying print by M.C. Escher

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

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If you perceive the world as a never-ending story with a rich variety of repetitive patterns, then tessellation is the ideal pictorial device to apply. Tessellations are patterns of identical shapes that seamlessly interlock and can be repeated endlessly. Eight Heads by Escher is a perfect example of this and my figure seems to love it as do I.

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kind regards, Gerard

15.2.18

Nighthawks- Woman Enjoying Painting By Edward Hopper



Nighthawks
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Edward Hopper

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
59" x 47 1/4" or 150 x 120 cm
2018

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One of the best-known images of twentieth-century art has to be Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. The painting depicts an all-night diner in which three customers are all lost in their own thoughts. They all seem as separate and remote from the viewer as they are from one another.

I love how Hopper has eliminated any reference to an entrance. The viewer is drawn to the light, but is shut out from the scene by a seamless wedge of glass.

Hopper denied that he purposefully infused this or any other of his paintings with symbols of human isolation and urban emptiness, but he acknowledged that in Nighthawks 'unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.'

Whether he did or not this painting is an all time favorite of mine and just perfect for my ongoing series of people in museums.

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kind regards, Gerard

14.2.18

Hope- Woman Enjoying Print Of Barack Obama By Shepard Fairey



Hope
painting of a woman enjoying print of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
36" x 23 2/3" or 91,5 x 60 cm
2018

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I like to watch the late night television monologues by Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and the like. They talk a lot about Trump and all the crazy things he has said or done.

Even though I'm Dutch it makes me miss the eloquence of Obama. So much so that it inspired me paint this painting of a young woman enjoying the well known print of Obama by Shepard Fairey. Sure hope you enjoy it!

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kind regards, Gerard

1.2.18

Trip



Trip
my friend Erik riding the train

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
17 3/4" x 23 2/3" or 45 x 60 cm
2004

SOLD

One day in 2004 I went to visit Amsterdam with my good friend Erik. As I didn't have a car nor a driver license back then we took the train. I believe we went to an opening of one of my shows, but I'm not sure. I remember taking a photograph which I later used as a starting point for this painting.

Later in 2005 Omrop Fryslan aired a short documentary of about 25 minutes about my show in New York. Featured in it was this painting.

A neighbor of my parents ran into my mom and dad the day after and mentioned how much he enjoyed the documentary and my work. He especially liked that painting of a no good bum riding the train.

He meant of course my friend Erik. I don't know what made him think that, but the four day old beard or so might have something to do with it. That no good bum is now the proud owner of this painting.

Still later knowing that my folks didn't subscribe to a particular newspaper another neighbor dropped an newspaper clipping about my work in my parents mailbox. I thought that was so kind. Stuff like that makes me really miss my old hometown Makkum.

kind regards, Gerard

30.1.18

Portrait Of My Dad



Portrait of my dad

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
12 2/3" x 9 1/2" or 32 x 24 cm
2005

not for sale

I talked about my dad in the previous post. Well, this is him. I made this portrait for his birthday back in 2005.

When he unwrapped his present and first saw his portrait he said rather incredulously:

'That's me alright, but am I really that red in the face?' For those who know my dad know that this is so.

'Well yeah,' I answered 'I even toned it done a notch or two. I mean look at your hands. Normally there's a huge difference between the skin tone of someone hands and their face, but it's pretty much the same here.'

'Yes, I see,' he replied 'But did you have to paint me that old?'

'I wanted it to get a good liking.' I said grinningly.

Then he said something I'll never forget.

'Well,' he said. 'Just you remember that for most my life I was looked way better than this!'

He hung the painting on the wall, rolled another cigarette for himself and couldn't keep his eyes of the painting. He still loves it to this day.

kind regards, Gerard

26.1.18

Chicken- Figures Eating And Ordering Chicken At Festival



Chicken
people eating chicken during a festival

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
48" x 36" or 120 x 91,5 cm
2003

not for sale

This is one of the very few paintings I made in 2003. That year my painting got better, but it still took a long time to finish one. It took about two months to complete and I only made 6 paintings that year.

On the painting we see a couple of figures ordering and eating chicken at a festival. The trashcan says 'Fryslân Miljeu' which makes it clear that this scene takes place in my hometown Leeuwarden in the provence of Friesland or Fryslân as it's known also.

I remember showing this painting once in Amsterdam. Two elderly men were enjoying the painting very much, but they just couldn't figure out how on earth a trashcan from Friesland, all the way up north ended up in their beloved Amsterdam. They came up with all sorts of solutions, it got crazier and crazier. It never occurred to them that maybe it was painted up north. I overheard there conversation for quite a while and finally stepped in and explained it.

The painting now hangs at my mom and dad's home. It's a personal favorite of my dad. He just loves the way the guy on the left is eating his chicken. It was also the last time I painted a tree. I thought I could paint it somewhat impressionistic, but that turned out to be a total failure as it looked like a photograph with a cartoon drawn in. I ended up painting every single leaf separately. That was no fun, but to end on a brighter note: it was also the first time I figured out which colors to use to paint some jeans.

kind regards, Gerard

9.1.18

The Problem We All Live With- Commissioned Portrait Of Cori And Maia Enjoying Painting By Norman Rockwell



The Problem We All Live With
commissioned portrait of Cori and Maia enjoying painting by Norman Rockwell

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm
2017

SOLD

In the home of my collector Chuck from San Diego hangs a print of Norman Rockwell's 'The Problem We All Live With' .

It is considered an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States as it depicts a little girl escorted to school by four U.S. marshals.

This is a much discussed piece at Chuck's household, especially by his daughter Maia and grand-daughter Cori. So much so that Chuck asked me to paint both of them in front of this great painting by Rockwell.

It was true pleasure to paint and I especially love that Cori and Maia are holding hands. This little gesture adds so much to this painting. The portrait of Cori and Maia was a Christmas gift and as Chuck told me it was the hit of the holidays. Everybody loved it and to hear that just makes me feel so blessed!

kind regards, Gerard

'The Problem We All Live With'

14.12.17

The Scream



The Scream
painting of a woman enjoying painting The Scream by Edvard Munch

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
71" x 47 1/4" or 180 x 120 cm
2017

'I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.'

That's what Edvard Munch wrote about his painting The Scream in his diary. This painting has always been a personal favorite and thought it would be perfect for my third giant scale painting. Hope you enjoy it!

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

Details of The Scream

6.12.17

Door



Door
painting of a woman standing in front of a dark but open door

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
31 1/2" x 23 2/3" or 80 x 60 cm
2008-2014

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