Arjan Paijers

As a painter, I create expressive abstract paintings. Rather than a depiction of something I’ve seen, I consider my paintings to be a world on their own. My works are often full of contrast, dark shapes and bright earth tones. The worlds I create look rocky and mysterious, and often feel like a rough landscape.

While I sometimes start with a theme or an idea for my paintings, most of my art starts to exist as soon as I pick up my brush and paint the first stroke. From that moment on, the dialogue between the canvas and me takes off and an abstract world comes alive.

Just like instrumental music, my paintings are there to be explored by the viewer to experience a personal story, because we all see things in a different way. That’s how we create our own unique and personal stories, and how I create unique and personal paintings.

Through the years, my art has been exhibited in various places, like gallery’s and festivals. Some personal highlights were group exhibitions at the University of Osnabrück (2008), Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (2009), a painting performance at Zwarte Cross (2012) and Koppelkerk Bredevoort (2022). In 2022 my art made it to national television when I reached the finals for the Dutch TV-show De Nieuwe Vermeer.

Photo: Ruth Eiting


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