New Artist | Jonathan Koetsier

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Spaghetti, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic and Pot
Oil
30.5 x 40.6 cms
£1,200 by Jonathan Koetsier 

In our current Spring Exhibition we are introducing a new artist to the gallery, Jonathan Koetsier. Jonathan is based in St. Andrews, Scotland and graduated from Falmouth University in 2017 with an MA in Illustration having also graduated a year before from BA in Drawing also at Falmouth University.

For our Spring exhibition we are featuring his dramatic still life works

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Jonathan’s work can be seen in the gallery for our Spring Exhibition 

“I notice an object that is beautiful to me, I begin to remember all my experiences of that object, and I am reminded of being six. I think about how interesting it is that patterns of light can be read in such a way. I am fascinated by the differences I find between the way that I see something and the way that somebody else see it.

I arrange and select three plums, a jam jar, and a butter knife. I love jam and have many fond memories of picking fruit to make homemade jam, or simply having jam on toast after a long day in the studio. Visually, I am drawn to the beautiful purples and reds of the fruit, and the red and white of the lid on the jam jar. I take my subjects into the studio, and I position a makeshift light on my still life stage as a theatre director. I don’t stop until I am in love with the setup, drawing out the visual aspects in my subjects that I am attracted to, and building an effective composition. I continue to arrange and rearrange until I am excited to paint.

I draw my arrangement, measuring, and carefully marking the parameters of each object. I begin to mix colour, forgetting everything but the visual of my subject, seeing not a plum, but patterns of light and colour. The work becomes abstract in process, no longer seeing objects but patches of light, which I carefully observe, mixing and placing shapes of paint on the panel. I am finished when the first sensation that compelled me to paint has been expressed.

As I look back on my work I see three aspects in conversation, paint on a surface that is visually beautiful in it’s own right, marks that record actions of painting and all my thoughts that go with that, and a seen in subject with all it’s individual associations. All three aspects come together to form the experience of seeing one of my paintings.” – Jonathan Koetsier March 2018

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Jam, Plums and Butter Knife
Oil
22.9 x 30.5 cms
£950 by Jonathan Koetsier

 

All of Jonathan’s work can be seen on our website here: http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/artists/21046/c/9/jonathan-koetsier/paintings-drawings

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