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Bobby Veldhuizen

Bobby Veldhuizen

Our three selected works by Bobby Veldhuizen, each with its own story. Bobby's work first came to our attention at the Rietveld '22 graduation show. The way she makes the frame of some of her paintings an integral part of the work, is fascinating. Here you see "Worstelaars II", where the shape of the frame blends in with the lines of the human body. In her work she makes use of different media, oil, acrylic, charcoal and airbrush, for texture often adding sand or wool. These layers make her work all the more interesting, the viewer is challenged by the image to go inside and explore. We love Bobby's work, you too? Go check it out in her studio by making an appointment via the 'connect' button below this text.

Artists´ statement

"Within my work I research “the alternative.” Different ways of seeing, thinking and living as described in counterculture movements, speculative fiction and anti-hegemonic philosophical thought, influence my practice.

In my paintings I use a broad range of materials, oil paint, wall paint, acrylics, spray paint, permanent marker, lacquer, epoxy, sand, dirt, glue, silicone, dragon blood, white spirit, flowers, and more. The unpredictability of mixing these materials makes me feel like an alchemist or witch of sorts. By mixing not only materials but also styles I aim at exploring ambivalence and ambiguity - concepts which I believe to be powerful, as things can be both ways at the same time. An escalator cannot break, but will just become stairs. And as such uselessness constitutes a function in itself. My paintings could be referred to as ‘ambiguous abstractions,’ floating somewhere between abstraction and representation.
Maybe paintings are useless and as such reflect on nothing other than themselves, maybe they simultaneously have the power to change the conditions of the world, exactly because they don't serve any purpose. My grandfather told me nothing is something, and I am stuck with that, probably for the rest of my life. Inside his cigarette box was written that those who know do not speak. I do speak sometimes."

Bobby Veldhuizen (b. 1994 in Amsterdam) lives and works in Amsterdam. Bobby graduated in 2022 with a degree in fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Interested in Bobby's artwork? Contact JumpstArt via the 'Connect' button below for any questions, availability of the three pieces, or to schedule an appointment with the artist directly to see more of their work in her studio.




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