Cooperation between humans and nature

Ik laat de wereld spreken en gebruik alleen natuurlijke en lichtechte materialen als zand, aarde, steen en schelp. De materie is niet alleen het medium, maar ook het onderwerp. Een portret bouw ik op uit de achtergrond van de geportretteerde. Letterlijk. De aarde kijkt terug.

Kunst zie ik als een verbinding tussen het oerverleden en het heden. Ik plaats de oorsprong van de schilderkunst in het nu. Ruw en puur, en vertrouwd en vernieuwend tegelijkertijd. De aardse tinten dringen zich niet aan je op, maar nodigen je uit om bij stil te staan, net als een landschap dat je voor de eerste keer ziet. Als ik op reis ga, kíjk ik niet alleen naar het landschap – ik wil het aanraken, meenemen en het een eigen verhaal laten vertellen. Ik voel mij de alchemist met deze schatten uit de aarde. Vanuit de hele wereld komen ze samen in een schilderij, waarin ze elkaar versterken. De lijm die ze verbindt, een lijm die eeuwenlang door kunstenaars gebruikt werd, bewijst hier zijn duurzame kracht.

Lees hier over mijn recente project voor WMD in opdracht van Buro Wierda: Waterzuiveringsproces

Winnaar 2023 van de De Nieuwe Vermeer ‘Jupiter, Venus en Mercurius’ vrije categorie. Lees This is the story het verhaal achter het kunstwerk en luister naar het Juryrapport van Abbie Vandivere, restaurator bij het Mauritshuis, en Pieter Roelofs, hoofd schilder- en beeldhouwkunst van het Rijksmuseum! Het kunstwerk was t/m 5 juni 2023 te zien in Museum Prinsenhof Delft. You can now only see it on request in Gallery Atelier Judith Dubois. Prijs op aanvraag.

Portraits made in Earth

The series Old and new heroes (made) of the earth is the sequel to the series Rembrandt revives from Dutch soil. This series contains portraits of old heroes, inspirers within Rembrandt's circle, and new heroes, like Tommy Wieringa, Jane Goodall and Amanda Gorman. 'They are heroes in the sense that they inspire, they dare to identify the problem and encourage people to reflect. It’s about famous and less known people, because in the end all heroes are just human. A human being that is made of elements of the earth. The heroes look at you and sometimes they look even right through you. In other words, the earth looks at you and makes contact with you - you make contact with nature in a very special way.' 

Het portret van Marina Ovsjannikova is nu te koop en de opbrengst is voor hulp aan Oekraïne.

I prefer to portray the person live. During the first sketch in my studio, you can choose from the places you have an affinity with, from my collection of sand, earth, shells, coal, feathers and bark from different parts of the world and you can choose the (oak) wooden panel.

You will find the commissioned portraits, made with the same technique as this series, further down this page.

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Rembrandt

The paintings from the series Rembrandt revives from Dutch soil are made of sand, oyster shell, mussel, marl, coal and soil from different parts of the Netherlands: from the North Sea beach to the area of Drenthe, de Veluwe, and de Wadden to soil from the polders. All materials are glued on oak panels, using a natural glue and not one splash of paint. The paintings are as natural as possible with the most natural materials and colours - exactly like in Rembrandt's era.

Rembrandt was obsessed by studying light and human, which he constantly captured. In his paintings, the people really look at you, sometimes they even look right through you - as if you were connecting with their era. My paintings are also about connecting with the world around us. Touch them and make contact, as you do with the earth.

The sequel to this series of Rembrandts is the portrait series Rembrandt's inner circle. This series with old heroes has evolved to the series 'Old and new heroes of the earth.'.

The whole Rembrandt collection has a separate website:

The Jewish Bride, 2020.
Wooden panel, full size.

This commissioned masterpiece is made of sand, soil, shell, pearls and stone from all over the world.
You will find the picture and more information about the painting on the Rembrandt website.

EarthPhone

The EarthPhone is a mini work of art, made of natural materials from the earth. The little artwork looks like a smartphone, but offers a whole different screen experience. It fits just perfect in a colourful or subtle bamboo case and you don't need to recharge, to update or to back up the phone. Just peace and quiet.  

The different colours of earth and sand from which the EarthPhone has been made, are carefully collected from different places from all over the world. The materials are glued to a little wooden panel, just as big as the size of a smartphone. Pieces of sequoia, shells from the Wadden or Australian sand - it can all be used in an EarthPhone created especially for you. Choose for humour with swimming shark fins or go for nostalgia of the old days. Rather the red shades of Africa or do you prefer the black colours of Waterland? You can also pick an EarthPhone from the already existing collection.

The EarthPhones have their own website. Check out the whole story and the collection:

Human & Nature

The main theme in my work is movement. Nature and human being are constantly changing and always in motion; action and reaction. The paintings are the mirrors of the viewer's state of mind. In some paintings, the lines of human figures emphasize the landscape. The lines are interrupted, so that the background is part of the human figure. Or vice versa.

Atelier

Work on commission

I also make work on commission: portraits, wall paintings, frescoes and artistic tables. In these four galleries you will find a small selection of commissioned works that I made since my return from Italy to the Netherlands in 1993.

Judith

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As a young woman, Judith Dubois (1966) left for Tuscany in order to specialize in drawing life models and restoring age-old frescoes. Landscapes have always fascinated her a great deal. All those predilections beautifully come together in her celebrated sand paintings. Ever since, earth in all its manifestations has been a leitmotiv in her work. She has exhibited in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands and works lovingly on her own ideas and on commission in her atelier in the heart of Amsterdam.

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