Hendrik Arie Baartman transforms basic shapes and colors into powerful
compositions that depict light, shape, power, and mechanized form. The
disparate parts of Baartman’s work are suspended between ground
and foreground. His subject matter is vague, but familiar. The iconography
is reminiscent of primitive, or ancient markings, yet seen through the
scope of a surrealist lens. But the work feels contemporary, with a reductive
palette that places the work in its own realm. Baartman’s work seems
to speak about enlightenment through an aesthetic experience. His forms
are elemental and mystical. They transcend cultural signification to speak
about a broad visual experience. The conception of light as a form is
particularly innovative. Baartman's representations of light are ambiguous
and usually objectified rather than reflected. In addition, he uses negative
space poignantly to show the absence of form and light. The work depicts
environments that allude to feelings or mental states. These environments
are created from basic symbols, which maintain a mythical representation
on Baartmans’s picture plain. Baartman has exhibited internationally.
The way that Hendrik Arie Baartman uses form and color in his drawings
is determined by his pursuit of an intuitive and highly emotional expression.
"While I work with my own emotions, I discover that it is through
the sensuous world, by evoking sensations, that I am able to communicate
those complex emotional states to the ‘canvases," he says.
Baartman recreates atmospheres found in nature and uses them to weave
emotional atmospheres. The result is sometimes chaotic, sometimes harmonic,
noisy or tranquil, but the elements find themselves floating in interrelation,
forming an autonomous micro system. "In absentia evocation"
is a phrase Baartman uses to explain how this "recreation from nature"
is made. "I work with the absent, with that which is not here and
can be very present precisely because of its absence," he says. "The
common element is perhaps a longing for nature that is absent in huge
Collection Museum of Zwolle Netherlands.
Galeria DÁrte Zero Barcelona Spain.
Exhibition ‘Art for Art’ Barcelona Spain.
Exhibition ‘Contrasts’ Amsterdam Netherlands.
Museum of Computer Art New York U.S.A.
Exhibition ‘New Works’ Kampen Netherlands.
Gallery van Koert&Koert Elsloo Netherlands.
Exhibition Midland Art Center Zwolle Netherlands.
Exhibition wacmac. from Holland
Moscow Art Fair Moscow Russia.
Exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’WorldArtCenter Netherlands.
Internet Exhibition Art Gallery Hamburg Germany
Gallery Mossworld Cadiz Spain
Gallery Mosta Rojas Buenos Aires Argentina. (First Prize Winner Digital
Exhibition ‘Secret Postcards’ Philadelphia U.S.A.
Bkk Exhibition Berlin, Germany.
Insight Gallery Norwich, England.
Fourth International Digital art Expo Havanna Cuba.
2th BKK Exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
5th International exhibition, “the four elements”, Ferrara,
6th Internet Exhibition Wacmac Netherlands.
4th International Biennale, Florence, Italy.
World exhibition Wacmac Digital Art. Zwolle. Netherlands.
Batik Art Group, “Dali’s 100 Year Celebration”, Barcelona,
Art Gallery Tedopres, Tilburg, Netherlands.
Art Gallery Trevisan, Ferrara, Italy.
Frazier Museum, Kentucky, USA.
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