Ralf Heynen - The silent beauty of contemplation
Ralf Heynen (1978) is a fine arts painter from Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Despite the first impression of a sophisticated and detailed picture his technique is based upon light and tonality and typical brushstrokes. These strong light effects and the subtle use of colour are typical for his work.
Ralf Heynen is an autodidact painter, having learned the trade by studying 17th-century masters like Vermeer. The works of Russian realists and Singer Sargent were a huge inspiration. Many copies and experiments followed, and little by little he developed his own style. He has always been interested in foreign cultures, especially from the Orient. While traveling in the Middle East and Asia Ralf was inspired by different building styles and patterns and incorporated these in his paintings. After travelling through the Caucasus in 2006, he was especially touched by the ruins of secluded Armenian monasteries. This experience formed the start of a series of paintings of dilapidated churches in which light and texture played an important role.
Saturday19th september 2015 until tuesday 22nd september 2015
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Nijmegen, 50 x 60 cm, oil on linen, 2014