INSPIRING YOU TO COME BACK TO YOUR CORE BY BRINGING THE CORE BACK INTO ART

EDWIN WANTS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO STAY CLOSE TO THEIR CORE RESULTING IN A PEACEFUL, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE. To achieve this you need to balance the feminine and masculine energy in you. Therefore, Edwin combines two apparent contradictions: female landscapes and cityscapes. For him, female landscapes symbolize the underrepresented female energy and the cityscapes the over-represented male energy in the present world. A rebalance is crucial for securing a sustainable and peaceful world. In order to preserve this message for the future, he works according to the proven sustainable techniques of the old masters, as they were ever meant in art. his chemical background enabled him to re-gain the lost techniques 

Art has for centuries touched and inspired people. It is not for nothing that during the big civilisations art rampant celebrate. Art is a language that can be understood by everybody, you don't need words or education. It also leaves room for interpretation and imagination. ART comes from the latin word l'Arte which means a human activity that expresses Creativity and Aesthetics. It is the aesthetic expression of the human soul. The art is known having the capacity to transmit emotions and suggestive messages, inspires people to create visions. Visions create innovations and a better world. 

WITHOUT NICK-NACK, IN ALL SIMPLICITY COMING BACK TO THE ESSENCE OF ART

Female landscapes

Edwin wants to bring the mystery back by a new way of expressing nude, by tickling the curiosity of the spectator. On one side his work is realistic, but on the other side also abstract. This atmosphere is created by his strong clair-obscur style, even stronger then used by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Artemisia for example. Where these Old Masters used often 2/3 of light and 1/3 of shadow, Edwin uses 1/3 of light and 2/3 of shadow. The result is that the female landscapes have a chaste and anonymous character, as if the model is dressed in shadows.

Who are those women that Edwin places in the spotlights in his paintings? Who are those elegant and attractive ladies that inspire him? It seems they tell you the naked truth, however, on the other hand they don’t disclose fully who they really are. But why? This contrast makes them mysterious and anonymous, yet famous by being eternalised in a female landscape. It is a very conscious choice Edwin made as a message of his paintings. In this world, the mystery is often destroyed by over-disclosing in an often photographic way (they call this hyper realism). This hyper realism creates to his opinion sterile and even irrealistic paintings. “Why to make paintings photographic? For that purpose cameras and lightfast printing are invented”, Edwin says. "It is about the emotion and feelings that the artist expresses that makes paintings art, just like ‘c’est le ton qui fait la musique’ ”

Vulnerable but confident and filled with self-respect, all the nice and beautiful soft shapes of his ladies, invite you into their world and stories that all have a message to share with you. They seem chaste, however, are they really that shy? Merely dressed by shadows, they come out of their cocoon. In this metamorphosis, they conquer their vulnerability and liberate themselves to show up nude, celebrating their beauty and self-confidence. This beautiful moment is portrayed by Edwin in his female landscapes. 

Cityscapes 

In his cityscapes Edwin experiments with structures. In contrast to his Female Landscapes, where his brushstroke is soft and tender, the brushstroke in his Cityscapes is more vivid and masculin, but still delicate. These paintings have due to the pigments used, more "body" and color. Where Edwin's Female Landscapes show the anatomic architecture, his Cityscapes show urban architecture.

He chooses his cityscapes by the atmosphere of the city where is has been. It needs to inspire him, often the shapes, colors, contrast, the interaction between the buildings etcetera. Then he captures the cityscape by a sketch on paper and a photograph. From this he starts in his atelier to paint in a relative rough and thus masculine way.

 EVERY BRUSHSTROKE BY EDWIN DISCLOSES THE FEMININE BEAUTY, POWER AND VULNERABILITY AND THE MASCULINE FOCUS, STRUCTURE AND PRAGMATISM.