José Heerkens

Zeeland, The Netherlands

In every painting I search for space and light in the balancing dialogue between a line and the movement of color.

There is the need to zoom in on the color and its appropriate amount. A color is everything of its own, but when more colors come together they start to communicate and to relate to each other. This interaction makes colors move.

Color gets its form in the length and width of a line, by the touch and the physicality of paint.

Line is an important means to visualize space—both vertical and horizontal lines are needed. Yet it is the horizontal line that predominates through the painting process; it pulls the image out to the sides, towards a horizontal space. The vertical lines create the structure or framework on which the horizontals walk their own rhythm.

In the complexity of the process of painting, I strive for simplicity and clarity.

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