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.
René Donders (Tegelen, 1969) is artist, painter and performance artist in Nijmegen since 1995.
Andreas Hetfeld (Germany / 1965)
Playful and utopistic attributes are characteristical of the sculptures and installations created by Andreas Hetfeld. In 2005 in Emmerich (D) 700 people
Born and raised in Amsterdam. As kid I was attracted to drawing. I reproduced cartoons like Donald Duck. Later on a went to the Academy of Free Fine Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Name: Maron Hilverda
Firmname: Atelier 3x3
Date of birth: 31 July 1968
Education: 1987 - 1991 Academy of Arts, first grade teacher training Painting
1980 - 1987 Pre-university Education, Atheneum
Herman’s signature (Consuelo Plaza Aranda) “Bright colours are remarkable for Herman’s work, however he is more a drawer then he is a painter. Powerful lining and square shapes are a primary force in his work, not only for his abstract work but also for his figurative pieces.
Mus-Atelier / Marjanke de Bruijn
MUS stands for: Marjanke’s Untold Stories. And storytelling is what she does with her paintings; multilayered, colourful and bright images that are beyond the expected.
Born in 1973, Nijmegen, the Netherlands Graphic, presentation and painting techniques School, Netherlands Ink drawings, Acrylic Paintings, Digital Graphics, Designs, Murals and Graffiti Walls.