Rik van Iersel – NL.
In almost all of Van Iersel’s works of art, man plays the leading role. Man being confronted, man gathering impressions, man fusing with his environment or, oppositely, man waiving this environment. Van Iersel starts by making sketches and he uses these for his sculptures and paintings.
Art and life, life and art are two inseparable entities for the artist Rik van Iersel. One can see that his method is raw, undisturbed, without preparation and untouched by academic techniques, bright colours partly dripping. Rik van Iersel is an autodidact; he did never visit any art academy. The aesthetic, unaffected, savage directness, realness, spontaneous and therefore authentic is important for his art, and that is what connects himself with the many artists of the twentieth century.