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.
The promised land - The nature of the past.
It’s all messed up when it’s nowhere to go, so we won’t take the time out ‘till we reach the top,
Christien de Jong is an autodidact. For many years her passion has been to draw,
paint and to build paper objects.
Maxim Liapunov (MaxL) Born 1966 in Kaluga. Studies Kaluga Art School and Pedagogical University. For the last 20 years lives in St. Petersburg.
I am Erik-Jan Kruyssen. I was born in 1975 and I live in Amsterdam. I also lived, for rehabilitation reasons, in Nijmegen and Arnhem.
All my life I have been drawing and painting. I am a self-taught man. In the course of the years I developed my own style.
Emanuel Pessanha (1955, Azores - Portugal).
The Azores are volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and are characterised by the blue sea, whales, tropical vegetation, sulphur, lava and a great wealth of colours.
A painting or a plate?
On one hand, I see the plate as a painting or drawing. On the other hand, I want to show that it is a plate, Therefore I left a part of the plate open. At this part is a scratch/crack visible, the plate has already had a whole lifetime, the plate is beautiful with the scratch.
Gera Zoet (1973), a female dutch artist, paints symbolic portraits and sceneries, in which women play a leading role. Her works have been included in numerous exhibitions. She uses her own personal impressions and dreams as an inspiration for her paintings. This gives her work a biographical character.
I love colors. They are the soul of the world. They appear between light and darkness, like the colors of the rainbow.