The beauty of Things : romantic-realistic work by Martin Sijbesma
Martin Sijbesma (1967, Hartwerd Friesland) lives and works in the former Reformed Church of the rustic Kûbaard. A house painter by education, his traing as an artist was mainly autodidactic. The conscious choice to become a painter came in 1986.
He is fascinated by the realistic paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, and it is therefore not surprising that the colours and composistion of his own work has a asimilar warmth and quiet impact.
His work focuses exclusively on the beauty of things, on harmony and stillness, and his subjects clearly show what he loves: Oldtimers appear more and more In his paintings. He also likes to paint interiors, still lifes, mostly with antique objects, fruit and vegetables.
Martin himself about his realism:
"The History of painting teaches me that realism has never disappeared completely, even in the 20th century. In my opinion, this art direction is a red thread through painting with various perspectives. That is why my starting point is always the relationship between the aforementioned realism and contemporary times. By the right combination of object and colour I want to portray calmth and create an atmosphere of warmth, romance and nostalgia."
The paintings of Martin Sijbesma are classically latticed. He manufactures his paintings almost exclusively in the socalled ‘glazing technique’ (layer over layer) with oil on wood panel.