Gé-Karel van der Sterren, 2007
Gé-Karel van der Sterren (Stadskanaal, NL, 1969), Amsterdam, NL
Gé-Karel van der Sterren paints objects from day-to-day reality with seemingly effortless virtuosity. Yet his rock-candy colours and cute subjects harbour a world of danger. His exuberant colours merely veil the unpleasant undertone that the artist employs to depict subjects from our hedonistic society. The last thing Van der Sterren wants is for his images to resonate with the viewer at a single glance; their meaning must remain subdued and wrapped in mystery. This has nothing to do with morality or topicality. Rather, Van der Sterren's paintings are strongly rooted in a materials approach. The effects of acrylic and oil paint achieve their ultimate form in Van der Sterren's work in that the artist draws on images he has committed to memory in the course of time.
At first glance, this work is an abstract composition. The orange strokes in the foreground intensify the already electric blue background. Yet upon closer inspection, the painting reveals a burnt structure: perhaps a house engulfed by a sea of flames? This element of danger gives the painting a completely different feel.
1990-1995: AKI ArtEZ, Academy of Art and Design (at the time of Van der Sterren's education: AKI), Enschede, NL
1995-1996: Dutch Art Institute, Master of Fine Arts, Arnhem, NL