Traveler’s Desk

Traveler’s Desk
(2017) oil painting 50x70cm
The painting is a finalist in the ARC Salon 2018

Through the symbols in “Traveler’s Desk” the painting depicts man’s yearning for knowledge.
The knowledge yet to be discovered (symbolized by the closed books) is obtained by travelling (indicated by the globe). This desk tells the story of a dreamer curious to learn through his travels (curiosity depicted by the squirrel that they’ve brought from overseas, as this type of rodent is not found in Europe). You can also find that this person is interested in foreign cultures, hence he has received a letter with a haiku, a type of traditional Japanese poetry. In this context, the scales stand for a reminder that knowledge is more valuable than material riches.

Memento Roses

Memento Roses (2017) oil on canvas 40x50cm The painting is a finalist in the ARC Salon 2018

With “Memento Roses” I want to capture the transitory beauty of life, the short-lived nature of emotions and how we treasure them. Making a comparison between the rose petals and human emotions: beautiful, yet ephemeral. Emotions and the memory of them fades away and change overtime, just like flowers wither. I created this scene as a kind of memorial, an unchanging altar where the emotion and beauty has been captured: a place to go back to and relive this experience.