Mission & Biography Edwin IJpeij
Art with a Mission
“Without sensual attraction there are no relationships, and without relationships the world gets cold and empty. The increasing taboo on sensuality and nudity in my eyes provokes a world without warmth and love and with increasing gender unequivalence”.
How to change this is a part of Edwin’s artistic quest. It is an unpredictable journey along all sides of humanity including the natural strength of women and gender inequivalency. Edwin has already discovered that nudity is the ultimate expression of freedom, power and pureness. Sometimes soft, sometimes sweet and sometimes spicy, yet always sensual, attractive and strong, that are reflected in his artworks.
It is a given fact that women and men are not equal. However, Edwin sees women and men as equivalent. Because, we, women and men, have all in common that we have 46 chromosomes. For Edwin it is normal that women and men are equivalent and he wonders why there are in a civilised society mainly women have less rights compared to men. Is is related to the increasing taboo on sensuality and nudity that is chasing the human development?
Therefore, Edwin is making erotic art to place the female sensuality in the spotlights. According to him, this is one of her strongest qualities which when she is conscious will give her a lot of power. By creating and showing this by art this may normalise our relationship towards sensuality, nudity and sexuality.
Edwin (1969) was born, lives and works in Geleen near Maastricht in The Netherlands. As a little boy, he already showed promising talent in painting. His enthusiastic art teacher already advised him to go to art academy with the aim of becoming a professional artist. However, his parents convinced him to choose a “safer” career and he decided to study chemistry. Something that turned out to be very useful later on.
After earning his BSc degree in Organic Chemistry, he enjoyed an industrial career as a scientist and inventor at a multinational corporation. This ended in a globally applied invention, improving both environmental emissions and costs. The circumstances after this innovation taught him that he had sacrificed too much of himself. He forgot to stay close to his heart and drifted away from being happy. However, he learned from this experience that the most beautiful and sustainable solutions are closer than you expect. As a result, his mission as an artist was born.
Edwin started painting in 2008 and found his mind to settle down. As a result, he experienced creative moments without thoughts. He discovered the treasure of who he really is: his naked truth. He feels stronger and wants to share this beautiful experience through the language of art. A language that communicates at a deeper level than the ratio.
Edwin is fascinated by the powerful influence of light on the subject. That is why he likes to experiment with this in his artworks. It will not surprise you that his first paintings were inspired by the light in Provence, as experienced by Van Gogh, Puget, Picasso and so many other artists. Later, when Edwin attended master classes, his teacher noted his talent and advised him to focus on portrait and model. She convinced him to study the nude, because an artist needs to know the anatomy of the body. This great advice that he never regretted brought him very close to his essence.
Over time, Edwin discovered that photography is a powerful technique for studying composition, light and color in a work of art. He took private lessons and master classes to polish his talent. Beautiful photos are the result. For Edwin, photography is a complementary technique for painting, since the human eye observes significantly differently than the photo film or the camera sensor. This is due to the fact that a camera has only one lens whereas people have two eyes. That is why he works as much as possible in painting, as eyes see more than a photo can reveal.
The nudes in his paintings and photographs represent beauty, creativity and warmth. The nude symbolizes pure essence, pureness and freedom for Edwin. To quote Michelangelo, “What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and the skin more beautiful than the garment it is clothed with?”
Edwin prefers to work with egg tempera and oil paint, in accordance with the techniques of the old masters, as developed from the Renaissance. For him, this is a practical and aesthetic choice, as it has been proven that these techniques have survived for centuries and most realistically depict the texture and color of the skin. For this reason he makes his own egg tempera and oil paint with original and often toxic pigments.
His works were shown at exhibitions in Sittard, Geleen, Maastricht, Miami, Barcelona, London, Venice, Knokke and Amsterdam. His works are part of collections in Amsterdam, Maastricht, London, Aix-en-Provence, Oxford, Genk and Sittard-Geleen.