Attack, 30x40 cm acrylic & oil on Panel 2009
Dusk till Dust, 100 x 80 cm 2008
—Contemporary art has been marked with the synthesis of various forms of art. Especially, the combination of film, sound, digital art, acrylic, oil and collage have resulted in an almost new form of art. However, it sometimes is also possible to replicate profound synthesis by just using the canvas and paint. The canvas can be used to project ideas that do not belong to the present, the past or the future, but to project thoughts that are not bound by the confinements of time and space.
—Bas Zoontjens is one such artist who creates spectacular effects on the canvas without using a lot of technology. The simplicity of his techniques is contrasted with the images and ideas that go with his painting. A look at his paintings takes the viewer on a journey through space, time and a dimension that humans still have to learn of. Bas is a Dutch artist who shuttles between Rotterdam and Berlin. After having graduated from the Royal Academy of Art & Design (1998) and the Grafic Lyceum Eindhoven, he received several stipends and grants from many Dutch institutions.
—Bas’ art almost takes the viewer to a different universe and a different reality, where one’s own world and subjective reality may seem unreal and out of place.
Bas Zoontjens was born in 1970 in Goirle, Netherlands. He lives and works in Rotterdam/Berlin, Germany.