The Gathering

by Philippe de Kraan

The Gathering Artist Statement

The legacy of this painting also includes the comfort of knowing it is one artwork that nobody could ever attempt to copy because of its complex nature. I believe driven by God's will - to start and finish a force inside... To produce absolute uniqueness as I have never done before, and never will again!

This painting was so full on - to be consistent throughout was the greatest challenge - using only 000 fine hairbrushes - to paint it, it took three and a half years and the canvas was blank for one year. I was full of apprehension, then one year of preparations from sketches on cheap paper, then to the set up on canvas.

Consider playing with Dangerous Lines...

Each piece is totally handmade and Mike can use any gems that you require and any enamel colours. You choose the subject it can be butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, etc. or even fantasy creatures. The size of the subject can differ, consequently each one will need to be priced on application.

Creating unique images between reality and fantasy each face barely contains content - yet represents the person intended - yes, I call them “Dangerous Lines” that in a miraculous manner it evolved, while each line could have failed. Achieving an impression of a vertical reality in each body especially facial - whether male or female, young or old - love it or hate it, remember it's all a perception of a fantastical day visualised by me for the future, the year being 2112 in approximately one hundred years. Simply to highlight my life at a fundraising event maybe on a promenade, as history can repeat.

One day it may simply be admired for it's pure intention only - or it's creativity from abstract lines to expressionism - it does not matter - for me it was all about the method to execute through physical and a mental pain - developing each shape and dimension especially the contour - which all may just as well have made no visual or practical sense and that is why they were - Dangerous Lines in my mind. Why not look at the painting for this only - if nothing else, perhaps before 2112 and as a footnote: for you all...? I could only imagine that it may look fascinating from a vast distance!

The explanation in detail, 2012. In my own words, Philippe de Kraan.

Philippe De Kraan is probably one of the most unique and ambitious artists of our time!

Price: POA  (please contact us for more information)

The majestic size of this canvas is 300 x 200cm and took over 3 and a half years to create.


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Philippe de Kraan

About the Artist

Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Philippe de Kraan is controversial, yet intriguing, an enigma to many insisting his diverse art works speak a unique language of their own to anyone with insight to appreciate them on their own merit and individuality. His sought-after character studies in brush and ink have always been a conversation piece, simply because they...