'For Judith Leyster, 1635 - 2019' and 'For Judith Leyster' each 40x30cm oil on canvas 2019

For Judith Leyster 1635   2019

For Judith Leyster

This portrait is painted after two images, one is the 'anonymous woman' painted by Judith Leyster in 1635 and the other is an anonymous photograph from a contemporary fashion magazine. Both images are painted into one portrait, with eyes, nose and mouth borrowed from these two different faces.

Twins, oil on canvas, 45x30cm, 2019










This series of 'Twins' are painted after old and new images, they are based on a photo in a contemporary magazine combined with a painting from the 17th century. Portraits by Rubens & Van Dyck offered sollutions in paint for contemporary faces. Matching the different elements from both originals, two new persons are created out of them, the twins differ from each other and from the originals.  There is a second reading in these twins. When you recognize another person who is also not openly gay in a hetero environment, that's your twin; and nobody understands the nature of your friendship because it is not visible or said aloud.

Young leaves on old trees. 40x30cm oil on canvas 2019










Aesculus hippocastanum, or white horse-chestnut in spring, when young pale leaves grow on the dark tree trunk. The trees are native to Balkan and are imported allover in Europe. White horse-chestnuts can withstand air pollution and are therefore often found in cities.

Presentation of the series 'Young Leaves on Old Trees' at Valerie Traan Gallery during the Debussy concerts.






Reckoning, or the portrait of Jacqueline van Caestre, 40x30 cm, oil on canvas, 2019















Jacqueline Van Caestre



There are two portraits of Jacqueline, the smaller painting is in the Brussels museum of fine arts and the larger portrait, where is shown from the knee, is in Warsaw. There is very little known about the woman in the painting, except for a few facts.


  • Oil on wood panel
  • Written on the back of the painting : Dam, Jacqueline Van Caestre Compaigne a Jean Charles / de Cordes escuier Seigr de Wichelen Cescamp, etc.
  • date of birth 1598, date of portrait 1618, date of death 1618
  • sizes in cm: 72,2 x 57
  • Bought from the heirs of the countess Amédée de Beauffort, Brussels, 1874
  • Peter Paul Rubens, Siegen, Noordrijn-Westfalen (Germany) 1577 – Antwerp 1640 OR Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp 1599 – London 1641



The Brussels portrait of Jacqueline is brownish, possibly with a yellow varnish on top. Her face is less round, but rather long with a sharp chin and she appears less fat than usual at the time. Her nose has a high bridge and her hair is not grey. Her mouth is not the typical standard of beauty, but natural and realistic in shape. Although she wears a lot of heavy jewellery, the portrait cuts part of the elaborate chain and we don’t see her hands. Peter Paul Rubens is 41 years old, and Anthony is 19 years old when the portrait is painted in 1618.  

The countess Amédée de Beauffort was part of the resistance movement during world war II and after capture and deportation she died in a camp for women prisoners. The painting came to the collection of the museum as part of her legacy. 

The title 'Reckoning' refers to the counting of dates, years and age of the portrait. 



In The Pines


Caryatid as a woman soldier, or 'Scylla was a monster' 50x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Metamorphosen 33, or 'Io used to be a cow.' 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

In the pines I, or 'Echo used to be mute', 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

In the pines 2, or 'Syrinx was hollow water reed', 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Labels written for the exhibition 'In the Pines' 2018

The addition of labels, or how important it is to communicate what we think and feel. The labels are twisting the plot of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Ovid turned the one who is chased into a laurel bush, while the persuer could to get away. It's time to become human again.

In the Pines
an exhibition by Tramaine de Senna & Eline De Clercq
Haecken en Ooghen | Klapdorp 35, 2000 Antwerpen, België 
‘In the Pines’ 17 November tot 09 December 2018 | Za - Zo van 14h - 18h




The metamorphosen, or imaginary portraits 2018 oil on canvas 40x30cm


The Metamorphosen series, part 32 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 31 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 30 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 29 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 28 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
The Metamorphosen series, part 27 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 26 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 25 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 24 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 23 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 22 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 21 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 17 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 14 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 12 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 10 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
The Metamorphosen series, part 8 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
 


The Metamorphosen series, part 6 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 5- oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 24 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 3 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 2 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 1 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 20 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 16 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 19 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 18 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 15 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 14 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 7 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 9 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 13 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 11 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


‘The metamorphosen’ is a series of paintings based on the stories by Ovid, the Roman writer who describes how people are saved from their persecutor by being changed into a tree, or a cow, or a bird. As these stories are often punishing the victim rather than saving them, I used the theme in my paintings to change the characters into women again. The labels to go with these paintings indicate their past. She is a collective memory of the girl weighing apples in the supermarket or the woman waiting in the doorway for the rain to stop, or any of all the other inspiring women I see.