Mission & Biography Edwin IJpeij
On this page you can read the mission and biography of Edwin IJpeij. You will discover what is inspiring him and how his life path has moved him in this direction including his spectacular career move.
Erotic and Nude Art with a Mission
The mission of Edwin IJpeij is a part of his artistic quest, of which the start you can read in his biography on this page. 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?
Sensuality in the spotlights
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.
At work with model Joy downtown Maastricht
At work with model Maria in Brussels
“Freedom, purity and beauty are the source of my inspiration. The liberty to be your pure and beautiful self is a human right. By being yourself you add a piece of magic to this world. The skin is the most outer part of who we really are, and this is basically the border between yourself and the outer world. Why should we feel ashamed for this?”
Edwin (1969) was born, lives and works in Geleen near Maastricht in The Netherlands. His cultural-religious background, in which he was raised, played a very important role in his development. The strong taboo of sensuality and nudity in his early years, was the basis of his development towards erotic and sensual artist.
As a little boy, Edwin 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.
Inventor in Chemistry
After earning his degree in Organic Chemistry, Edwin 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. By this education and experience, he developed to an inventor who has a very strong out-of-the-box innovation thinking attitude. Now, he applies this passion for innovation in his art.
The chemist helps the artist
Edwin’s chemical background helps him enormously in his artistic development. “All is chemistry and chemistry is all”, is one of his famous quotes. He studied for example the tractates of the Old Masters in how they painted skin. Because of his chemical knowledge he is able to understand the different phases in the painting process and moreover, more importantly, to be able to reproduce it. He has proven this by making his own trony, in parallel to the research project executed on Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring by a team headed by the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.
The chemical background helps him also in the creation of his photographic works. He embarks unique photographic techniques with a high degree of manual craftsmanship to ensure that his work is enduring, unique and special. For example, the palladiotype technique is very complex and hard to master because of the many variables that all have a strong influence on the final result.
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.
Sauna shock, revolution and creativity
Because Edwin was raised with the taboo on nudity, he experienced his first sauna visit as a shock. However, very fast he realised that the fear for nudity and anatomy is very bizarre. Why should we feel ashamed of our own bodies, basically our own home?
This experience was the start of the revolution in Edwin’s development. The skin is an amazing organ. It protects us against dangerous external influences. Next to that it is on various locations erogenous and in that sense it is contributing to our survival. For Edwin, the skin is therefore a symbol of liberty, pureness, beauty and power.
Now, the sensuality and nudity in his paintings and photographs represent beauty, creativity and warmth. To quote Michelangelo, “What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognise that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and the skin more beautiful than the garment it is clothed with?”
This is for him a great source of inspiration. Besides beautiful and sensual artworks, Edwin likes to make statements based on in his eyes bizarreness and hypocrisy towards nudity and sensuality. For example, Edwin worked together with a professional team, with permission of the municipal of Maastricht, downtown the international city of Maastricht, with the theme of gender equivalency.
Edwin prefers to work in his paintings 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.
Exhibitions and Collectors
Edwin’s artworks were shown at exhibitions in Sittard-Geleen (NL), Maastricht (NL), Brussels (B), Miami (USA), Barcelona (SP), London (UK), Venice (IT), Knokke (B) and Amsterdam (NL). His works are part of collections in amongst others Amsterdam (NL), Maastricht (NL), Hasselt (B), Namur (B), London (UK), Aix-en-Provence (F), Oxford (UK), Genk (B), Lisbon (P) and Sittard-Geleen (NL).