For as long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting. Being very interested in anatomy and the human body as a subject, I started with lessons in drawing from a model, the naked as well as the clothed human form. After early experiments in etching, lino cutting, and modelling in clay, I am currently using a combination of drawing, painting and photography to create my work. Recently I have also started to experiment with film as a medium.
Growing up in a family where creativity was stimulated, there was always a large supply of paper, paint and pencils as well as books on anatomy for the artist lying around, which made it easy to get influenced.
Later in school we regularly visited the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam which set the tone for a lifelong love for museums in general. They are a source of inspiration and such wonderful places to do research.
Through the years I have had the opportunity to work with a number of well-known photographers on commercial as well as contemporary art projects. They introduced me to the art of photography and the wonderful images that have been made worldwide since it began being used as an artform during the second half of the nineteenth century.
The possibility of using different tools- camera, brushes or pencils- to visualize what’s going on in my head, gives me an immense sense of freedom to do what feels best for the subject.
Photograph of me – © Van der Lely