The exhibition “Exquisite Dishes” Is an joined Russian-Nederlands charitable project aiming to help orphaned children with bad eyesight. This project closes the year of “Russian-Holland partnership”, but opens the way to further development, social an cultural relations.
Dutch and Russian artists took part in this project.. The teachers from the Institute of Arts from Arnhem, the HKU University of Arts from Utrecht, the Wackers Academy from Amsterdam were among those participants.
For several months the artists hand painted old plates and dishes, with a great deal of imagination and fantasy. They gave a new life to these old objects. The results of their efforts are now included in one big collection,where various artistic innovative techniques, multiple themes and subjects where used by the artists and which now can be enjoyed by public. Interesting, that among the participants only two of them were professional masters of works with porcelain.
I learned that drawing helps children develop color recognition, motor skills and positively influence their moods and emotions. From my previous observations of painters using old plates as a working palette for mixing colors, I was fascinated by the results. As the result, the plate would transform into a beautiful piece of abstract art form.
I remember an old lady who brought her small granddaughter in the art class. The little girl started to play with dried specs of paint on one of such plates by tracing her fingers over them. The girl was encouraged to draw on the plate, and suddenly the plate depicted a night sky with stars. The girl wished that those stars would sing a lullaby to her sick brother, so he could finally fall asleep, as his severe cold and coughing had not allow him to sleep. That is how I came up with an idea to use an old plate as an object of Art.
I am happy to express my deepest gratitude to all artists of the project “Comestibles”.
And a special thanks for Leonid Cherenko and Tamara Semyonova who helped me with organizing this project.
Lysette van Roemburg (1980) graduated from the Royal Academy of fine Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. She works as an independent artist and teaches art. Her inspiration is the female body, focusing on controlled beauty.
Ingrid Oostendorp (1963 Nijmegen, The Netherlands) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and also attended the faculty of painting at Surikow Moskow State Academy Art Institute, Russia.
Maria Pilar Castro Salinas was born on January 1, 1962 in Zaragoza (Spain).
I am originally from Czech republic,but I live partly in Holland. In 2008 I entered the Art Academie in Amsterdam and I studied for five years. I finished the study with the final exhibition in 2013.
One of many notable reactions to Frans Bleiji’s work, referring to the use of trompe l’oeil.
She has been drawing since her childhood. First – in the studio for small children, then – in the Art School for youngsters. When she was 14 she went to the Russian Art College of Petersburg where she stayed in the class of painting for 4 years. Then she finished The Academy of Design studying art glass, stained-glass windows and porcelain.
Jac Splinter (Kerkrade, 1960) is dutch Designer 2D3D4D. He studied at the AIVE and worked 10 years in a stained glassatelier. He is a craftsman and an idea-developer. His defenition of art is “Art gives you an other view of the world”.
Alexander Ivanovich Sigov was born in Leningrad, in 1955. Graduated from the V. A. Serov Leningrad Art Higher School in 1975. The member of the Art Union of Russia since 1994.
Redmer Hoekstra (1982) graduated from the Art Academy in Zwolle as a visual artist and illustrator in 2009 .