Daan van Doorn
Daan van Doorn (16-03-1958, Rhoon) is internationally acclaimed for his paintings and portraits. Van Doorn grew up in an old baker's family but did not want to become director of a biscuit factory. He broke with the family tradition and turned to the arts. Van Doorn was educated at the Willem de Kooning Academy, left school and started experimenting himself in drawing and painting. He developed a love for natural pigments, made his own paint and also the frames. Van Doorn started painting portraits in a style all his own. With transparent color areas, in which the sketches are often still visible. He received commissions from various members of the Dutch parliament and the royal family. Van Doorn has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Sharjah Art Museum, Dubai and Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Barcelona, among others.
The large botanical flower paintings are inspired by Dutch flower still lifes from the 17th century. There turned out to be an illustrious group of artists: the Middelburg flower painters from the 17th century. Such as Christoffel van den Berghe, Balthasar van der Ast, Johannes Goedaert and Adriaen Coorte. They lived and worked in Middelburg and created the most spectacular flower paintings together with botanists and gardeners. This was the time of the tulip mania, of speculating with bulbs, hoping that one special tulip would emerge. That waiting, bending along with the whims of nature, is also reflected in these flower still lifes. Highly diluted paint drips and sneaks over the canvas and is allowed to choose its own way. It is mastery and technique, but also an almost meditative process of letting go. Go with what is and what is emerging in the moment. The result is therefore different, dynamic and surprising every time.
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