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15.2.18

Nighthawks- Woman Enjoying Painting By Edward Hopper



Nighthawks
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Edward Hopper

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
59" x 47 1/4" or 150 x 120 cm
2018

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One of the best-known images of twentieth-century art has to be Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. The painting depicts an all-night diner in which three customers are all lost in their own thoughts. They all seem as separate and remote from the viewer as they are from one another.

I love how Hopper has eliminated any reference to an entrance. The viewer is drawn to the light, but is shut out from the scene by a seamless wedge of glass.

Hopper denied that he purposefully infused this or any other of his paintings with symbols of human isolation and urban emptiness, but he acknowledged that in Nighthawks 'unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.'

Whether he did or not this painting is an all time favorite of mine and just perfect for my ongoing series of people in museums.

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kind regards, Gerard

14.2.18

Hope- Woman Enjoying Print Of Barack Obama By Shepard Fairey



Hope
painting of a woman enjoying print of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
36" x 23 2/3" or 91,5 x 60 cm
2018

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I like to watch the late night television monologues by Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and the like. They talk a lot about Trump and all the crazy things he has said or done.

Even though I'm Dutch it makes me miss the eloquence of Obama. So much so that it inspired me paint this painting of a young woman enjoying the well known print of Obama by Shepard Fairey. Sure hope you enjoy it!

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kind regards, Gerard

1.2.18

Trip



Trip
my friend Erik riding the train

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
17 3/4" x 23 2/3" or 45 x 60 cm
2004

SOLD

One day in 2004 I went to visit Amsterdam with my good friend Erik. As I didn't have a car nor a driver license back then we took the train. I believe we went to an opening of one of my shows, but I'm not sure. I remember taking a photograph which I later used as a starting point for this painting.

Later in 2005 Omrop Fryslan aired a short documentary of about 25 minutes about my show in New York. Featured in it was this painting.

A neighbor of my parents ran into my mom and dad the day after and mentioned how much he enjoyed the documentary and my work. He especially liked that painting of a no good bum riding the train.

He meant of course my friend Erik. I don't know what made him think that, but the four day old beard or so might have something to do with it. That no good bum is now the proud owner of this painting.

Still later knowing that my folks didn't subscribe to a particular newspaper another neighbor dropped a newspaper clipping about my work in my parents mailbox. I thought that was so kind. Stuff like that makes me really miss my old hometown Makkum.

kind regards, Gerard

30.1.18

Portrait Of My Dad



Portrait of my dad

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
12 2/3" x 9 1/2" or 32 x 24 cm
2005

not for sale

I talked about my dad in the previous post. Well, this is him. I made this portrait for his birthday back in 2005.

When he unwrapped his present and first saw his portrait he said rather incredulously:

'That's me alright, but am I really that red in the face?' For those who know my dad know that this is so.

'Well yeah,' I answered 'I even toned it done a notch or two. I mean look at your hands. Normally there's a huge difference between the skin tone of someone hands and their face, but it's pretty much the same here.'

'Yes, I see,' he replied 'But did you have to paint me that old?'

'I wanted it to get a good liking.' I said grinningly.

Then he said something I'll never forget.

'Well,' he said. 'Just you remember that for most my life I was looked way better than this!'

He hung the painting on the wall, rolled another cigarette for himself and couldn't keep his eyes of the painting. He still loves it to this day.

kind regards, Gerard

26.1.18

Chicken- Figures Eating And Ordering Chicken At Festival



Chicken
people eating chicken during a festival

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
48" x 36" or 120 x 91,5 cm
2003

not for sale

This is one of the very few paintings I made in 2003. That year my painting got better, but it still took a long time to finish one. It took about two months to complete and I only made 6 paintings that year.

On the painting we see a couple of figures ordering and eating chicken at a festival. The trashcan says 'Fryslân Miljeu' which makes it clear that this scene takes place in my hometown Leeuwarden in the provence of Friesland or Fryslân as it's known also.

I remember showing this painting once in Amsterdam. Two elderly men were enjoying the painting very much, but they just couldn't figure out how on earth a trashcan from Friesland, all the way up north ended up in their beloved Amsterdam. They came up with all sorts of solutions, it got crazier and crazier. It never occurred to them that maybe it was painted up north. I overheard there conversation for quite a while and finally stepped in and explained it.

The painting now hangs at my mom and dad's home. It's a personal favorite of my dad. He just loves the way the guy on the left is eating his chicken. It was also the last time I painted a tree. I thought I could paint it somewhat impressionistic, but that turned out to be a total failure as it looked like a photograph with a cartoon drawn in. I ended up painting every single leaf separately. That was no fun, but to end on a brighter note: it was also the first time I figured out which colors to use to paint some jeans.

kind regards, Gerard

19.1.18

1984- Still Life Study Of Books With Special Edition Of George Orwell's Classic



1984
small still life study of books with special edition of George Orwell's classic 1984

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
6" x 6" or 15 x 15 cm
2018

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One of my favorite books of all time is George Orwell's classic 1984. When I saw this awesome cover of it with the blacked out title and author's name by Penguin Books I knew I had to paint it.

kind regards, Gerard

18.1.18

Whistler Books- Painting Of Books On Artists James McNeill Whistler And Others



Whistler Books
painting of books on artists James McNeill Whistler and others

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
6" x 6" or 15 x 15 cm
2012

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James McNeill Whistler is one of my all time favorite artists and when I saw this book on the bookshelf I knew I wanted to paint it. I love how he looks at us with this bold self assured look of his. I also love how his whole life is cramped into this bundle of pages. That's what remains of us after we're gone I guess: a bunch of stories with a price tag on it. Let's make it a good story.

kind regards, Gerard

16.1.18

Card Players- Woman Enjoying Painting By Paul Cézanne



Card Players
painting of a woman enjoying painting by Paul Cézanne

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
8" x 8" or 20 x 20 cm
2018

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In his mid-fifties and at the height of his career, Cézanne began a series of paintings, drawings, and watercolors of card players. Cézanne referred to this series as 'souvenirs of the museums', as they were steeped in art historical references to paintings by past European masters. Painting a woman enjoying this piece in a museum adds another layer to these references.

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kind regards, Gerard

15.1.18

Mona Lisa- Man Enjoying Painting By Fernando Botero



Mona Lisa
painting of a man enjoying painting by Fernando Botero

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
7" x 6" or 17 x 15 cm
2018

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The figure on my small study is enjoying a rendition of Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa by Fernando Botero. This Colombian artist began his career by copying famous paintings and became known for his 'fat figures'. His style is unique, recognizable from a mile away and has its roots in satire.

In painting Mona Lisa, Botero has created an image that is so very far removed from the delicate and enigmatic Mona Lisa by Leonardo, that this image almost feels like it is a parody.

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in progress pic of Mona Lisa

12.1.18

Guernica- Man Enjoying Painting By Pablo Picasso



Guernica
painting of a man enjoying painting by Pablo Picasso

G. Boersma
acrylic on masonite
8" x 8" or 20 x 20 cm
2018

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Guernica is probably Picasso's most famous work and certainly his most powerful political statement. He painted it as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace.

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kind regards, Gerard