07 NEW WAVE IN LONDON, FROM 2003


Five years of hard work in the corporate world of sales, with some remarkable peaks of success, was tiring me out. I was lucky though, since a business environment where chasing money and self promotion were the highest values – drove me to start an inner search and to rediscover inner, new and authentic sources for art and creativity. I had a reason again, to turn inside and tap into deeper layers of awareness. Circumstances led me to touch upon sources of satisfaction that were not dependent of external success. I found back the roots of authentic artistic creation. On a visit to Prague I found a confirmation in the words of Kafka (that he wrote to himself?)– exhibited at his museum – that ulterior motives in the creative process are disrupting its authenticity. To reach that experience of the ‘now’ when creating became an important driver.

 The Dance of Innocence - Stage 3, December 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm

The Dance of Innocence – Stage 3, December 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm

Chronological view of the London ‘new wave’:

In mid 2003 I started to think of the fundamentals of harmony in art to which I had been quite close to in my teenage years, without having actually investigated the mathematical side of “Phi” or the “Golden Proportion”. The two paintings ‘Basics I’ and ‘Basics II’ show the very geometric process of finding the golden section; when one goes through this process, one realises that the way to get there is almost miraculous, as the arches created by the compass – when one sincerely used it to find the perfect division of the surface – lead to shapes that are aesthetic, but also to unexpected coincidences of perfection. Thus, the diagonals in “Earth and Innocence”, I and II (2005), cross – by ‘coincidence’ – all the rectangles exactly in their corners, which is remarkable.

Basic I, 2003. Oil on canvas on board.
Basic I, 2003. Oil on canvas on board.

Basic II, 2003. Oil on canvas on board.
Basic II, 2003. Oil on canvas on board.

Basic I and II, placed together, August 2003. Oil on canvas on board.
Basic I and II, placed together, August 2003. Oil on canvas on board.

‘Can you change the World from your Livingroom?’ I, 2003. Oil on canvas.
‘Can you Change the World from your Living Room?’ I, 2003. Oil on canvas.

 

‘Can You Save the World from Your Living Room II’, 2005. Oil on Canvas.
‘Can You Change the World from Your Living Room II’, 2005. Oil on Canvas.

Cosmic Harmony, 2005. Oil on Canvas. Ca 1.5 m x 2 m.
Cosmic Harmony, 2005. Oil on Canvas. Ca 1.5 m x 2 m.

Cosmic Harmony, 2005. Detail. Oil on Canvas. Ca 1.5 m x 2 m.
Cosmic Harmony, 2005. Detail. Oil on Canvas. Ca 1.5 m x 2 m.

Earth and Innocence I, 2005. Oil on Canvas.
Earth and Innocence I, 2007. Oil on Canvas.

earth-and-innocence-ii-robruigrok-2004.jpg
‘Earth and Innocence II’, 2007. Oil on Canvas.

‘Earth and Innocence I and II, placed together’ 2005. Oil on Canvas.
‘Earth and Innocence I and II, placed together’ 2007. Oil on Canvas.

‘Kshemakshetra’, Dec.2004. Oil on Canvas, 73 x 118cm

‘Kshemakshetra’, Dec.2004. Oil on Canvas, 73 x 118cm

Robbert Ruigrok’s first exhibition in London, Princess Manor. 2005

Robbert Ruigrok’s first exhibition in London, Princess Manor. 2005

The Dance of Innocence - Stage 1, October 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100 x 150cm
The Dance of Innocence – Stage 1, October 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100 x 150cm

The Dance of Innocence - Stage 2, November 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm
The Dance of Innocence – Stage 2, November 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm

The Dance of Innocence - Stage 3, December 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm
The Dance of Innocence – Stage 3, December 2004. Oil on canvas, ca 100cm x 150cm

From Alpha to Omega, 2004, 100 x 100 cm, RRuigrok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Alpha to Omega, 2004. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm.

‘The Laws Of The Universe’, July 2005. Oil on Canvas

‘The Laws Of The Universe’, July 2005. Oil on Canvas

Robbert Ruigrok, ‘If there is a wall, the window is as important as the view’, July 2005. Oil on canvas.

Robbert Ruigrok, ‘If there is a wall, the window is as important as the view’, July 2005. Oil on canvas.

‘If there is a wall, the window is as important as the view’, detail.

‘If there is a wall, the window is as important as the view’, detail.

 

Exhibition:

In September 2009, Robbert Ruigrok exhibited his paintings made between 2003-2009. at the  Stems Flower Gallery, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing.

Catalogue

1. Basic I, oil on canvas on board, 61 x 46 x cm. Robbert Ruigrok, 2003

2. 1. Basic II, oil on canvas on board, 61 x 46 x cm. Robbert Ruigrok, 2003

3. ‘Can you change the world by sitting in your house?’, oil on canvas, 81 x 101 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2003. Private Collection, London. Privately Owned, N. F. S.

4. ‘Can you change the world by sitting in your house II?’, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 81 x 117cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2003

5. ‘Earth and Innocence I’, oil and gold leaf on canvas, Robbert Ruigrok, 2004-2008.

6. ‘Earth and Innocence II’, placed together, oil and gold leaf on canvas, Robbert Ruigrok, 2004-2008.

7. The Dance of Innocence – Stage 3, Robbert Ruigrok, 2004, oil on canvas, 90cm x 120cm

8. ‘Kshemaksetra, the field of forgiveness’, oil on canvas, 73 x 118 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2004

9. From Alpha to Omega, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2006

10. Eternity, oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2007

11. The Laws of the Universe, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2007

12. ‘If there is a wall the window is as important as the view’, oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2007

13. One Earth, One Sound’, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2006.

14. ‘The Ear Of Tobias’, oil on canvas, 101x76cm, Robbert Ruigrok,  2007-08.

15. ‘Can you change the world by sitting in your house? III’, oil on canvas on board, 21 x 28 cm, Robbert Ruigrok, 2008

Robbert Ruigrok

Paintings 2003-2009

September 2009, Stems Flower Gallery,

Pitshanger Lane, Ealing.

“Robbert Ruigrok, painter, graphic artist and sculptor was born in Brussels (1960) from Dutch-Italian parents and trained at the Saint Luke Institute for Fine Arts and Architecture, the Royal Academy of Ghent, Belgium, and the State University Ghent, specialising in drawing, etching, photography and painting, as well as art history. He settled in Londonin 1992 with his wife, the year his daughter was born. He has been living in Ealing since 1996.

With his paintings, the artist tries to create not just symbols, but personal milestones in the collective journey of humanity, out of the tendency to chaos, towards beauty. With his works he tries to create moments of experience of meaningfulness, in a world that has lost a lot of it.

The artists’ work is often centred around the idea of the ‘Golden Ratio’ of ‘Divine Proportion’ (‘Phi’ in mathematics), which is an eternally repeatable proportion whereby the smaller part of a line or surface (or measure of time) has the same proportion versus the larger part, as the larger part versus the sum of the smaller and larger part together. This proportion was recognised by the ancient Greeks as the coefficient of beauty, it was used by for instance the great painter Leonardo da Vinci, but also by such composers as Beethoven and Mozart, and it can be found in many proportions in nature, for instance the distance between elements of the pine cone or leaves on a flower stem.

The artist is thrilled to be able to exhibit in Stems Flower Gallery in Pitshanger Lane, not only because of the charm of the location, and not only because the gallery owners are lovely people, but also because flowers indeed show the same ‘divine proportion’ as his works, some of which indeed have flower-like patterns, while remaining abstract. This is, by the way, similar to wall decorations in Arabic architecture, or stained glass windows in European Gothic churches, so his work fits in an old artistic tradition.

The artist has gradually moved from pure abstract division of the surface according to the golden ratio, towards a mix of abstraction and figuration. So it seems he is going back to his post-impressionist compositions and portraits he made at art college – which also contained references to the golden proportion. His work is a celebration of the possibility to extend the harmony of nature into the human-made world as well as into our relationships, while following the same principles or values that nature has used to organise itself.”

See http://www.robbertruigrok.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

One Response to “07 NEW WAVE IN LONDON, FROM 2003”

  1. hier hou ik wel van. favorites: ‘dance of innocence’ en ‘laws…’

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: