EWOUD DE GROOT | Descending Owl
100 cms x 100 cms / 39½" x 39½"
Oil on Linen
"To me, as an artist, producing a good painting is about exploring all the different facets of composition, colour and technique and not just reproducing an image in a photorealistic way. Although I consider myself a figurative painter, I always try to find that essential balance and tension between the more abstract background and the realism of the subject(s). In a way you could say that I am on the frontier between figurative and non-figurative, or the traditional and the modern."
- Ewoud de Groot was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands and lives and works in Egmond aan Zee, a coastal village in the Northern Netherlands. After receiving a degree in illustration and painting from the Minerva Academy of Art in Groningen, he began illustrating nature books for a period before pursuing painting full-time in 1999. Today, de Groot is recognised as a rising star in wildlife painting, bringing a truly unique perspective to the genre. He paints his subjects in a traditional way, whilst the landscape is more abstract and suggestive, always exploring all the different facets of composition, colour and technique. His method is to build layers using cold bluish greys and warm brownish grey, starting with big brush strokes before using a palette knife to develop composition.
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