Marcel Reijerman

Marcel Reijerman

Marcel Reijerman
Marcel Reijerman
1958

In his earlier works Marcel Reijerman persuades the eye to wander through unreal and yet familiar worlds. Worlds made up of commonplace visual elements, all put down with their own colour and with a particular stroke. Colourful elements standing side by side, without hierarchy, with their own identity, and having the same weight. His first "eyeball paintings" were inspired by the delusive, luminous underwater world of the sea aquarium, with its abundant and colourful patterns and movements, and the near-absence of shadows. Reijerman applied the pictorial language of the aquarium to landscapes executed with the bird eye view of 16th and 17th century painters of navel battles.
Over time, his motorways, railroads, buildings, factories, waters, fields and groves featured more and more human figures: marching soldiers, hikers, sportsmen, and tourists with or without touring car or caravan. Still later the figures grew bigger and took over the course of events, helping the artist in planning and a complex and fantastic, yet everyday world in which the viewer, delightedly eye-wandering, discovers something new, again and again.

Over the past decades, Reijerman focussed more and more on drawing of emblematic characters involved in the process of making and creating: the creator, the lumberjack, the sculptor, the teacher of shapes, the blacksmith. Variation in the strokes and gestures, produced during painting drawing process, and the resulting visual patters remain an important aspect of his work.

Marcel Reijerman graduated from the Art Academy at Arnhem. His work is represented in many private collections as well as in collections of companies (KPN, Bondsspaarbank, KLM, Delta Lloyd, Randstad), the Dutch government (Provinces of Gelderland & Zuid Holland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and museums (Centraal Museum Utrecht, Teylers Museum Haarlem).