Although the Art of the Dutch artist Maarten Welbergen (1956) is based on the figurative/realistic tradition, he always gives a contemporary look to it .
For example in his so called 'cut-outs' he tries to make his paintings more vivid and exciting for the eye by cutting out the forms of his objects. In that way his paintings look almost like 3D presentations. By this there starts a dialogue between his work and the wall/space where they are hanging or standing.
Instead of using the 'eternal' rectagular canvas-shape to paint on, he paints his landscape-compostions in circles, ovals and octogonals. In this way his compostions get an exceptional look!
Maarten paints and draws portraits, nudes, still-lifes, landscapes, townscapes and allegorical works.
Apart from painting he makes woodcuts and also he is a sculptor, sculpting in different stones.
He is teaching Art at the 'Wackers'Art- academy in Amsterdam and he organizes painting courses in Czech-republic. Click on ' Maarten Welbergen' and then ' landscape-class.
If you like to buy or a portrait painted, you can reach him via 'contact'.