de Bloeme


The exhibition of Dutch painter Ronald de Bloeme, who was awarded Vattenfall Art Award Energy 2007, is characterized by the illuminating power of rich colors on huge formats.

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The starting point for his glossy and matte enamel paintings on canvas is the everyday experience of the visual presentation of consumer goods. Like a pirate he takes possession of product packages as well as video games or advertising layouts in order to transform these into a new image world. Ronald de Bloeme’s trademark is screaming colors and extreme horizontal formats. The strict, constructive organization of staggered color bars is halted by traces of irregular, gestural brushstrokes. The artist composes works, which might confuse, or even trap the beholder.

Prof. Jörn Merkert states: “The alienating reassembly of found visual objects into other image at the computer screen would be unthinkable without the principle of the collage developed by cubism and Dadaism. … The intelligence and exact knowledge with which Ronald de Bloeme inserts himself into this web of artistic thought is remarkable”.

Ronald de Bloeme, 1971 born in Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands, studied Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning Akademie in Rotterdamm. A scholarship of Künstlerhaus Bethanien brought him to Berlin in 2000, where he is living and working since.