Sculptures with painting, the Kore Portraits, oil paint on linen, 50x30cm, 2020

These paintings are an invitation to look at 'our' European art history, and how the white washing of sculptures was part of the construction of an European identity. The view in these portraits is to see these Kore sculptures of women with your imagination, and see the way they were meant to be part of a culture that used colours. 

Kore means 'daughter', and a woman in Archaic times was either a daughter or a wife, she didn't have an independent status. At the time, some 2600 years ago, this new Greek culture of monogamy and patriarchy changed the role of women in art.

Oil on linen, 50 x 30 cm, 2020.





 




 






Study for sculpture with painting, coloured Kore portraits. 2020

These studies on paper are searching for ways to present the classic kore sculptures in colour. The white stone surface is replaced by an imagined coloured portrait.

Oil paint on paper, 46 x36 cm, 2020










Oil paint on paper, A4, 2020





 


 

Oil paint on wood-board, 30 x 20 cm, 2020







Ivory Virgin, oil paint on linen, 40 x 30 cm, 2020

 


Ivory Virgin, series in oil paint on woodboard 30x20cm 2020

A series of seven paintings, inspired by a small gothic statue of the Mary in ivory, dated at the Middle Ages. The colour has aged with all kinds of pink, yellow, ochre and warm hues and there is no longer a reference to white as a symbol of purity.