Dialogues with Nature
In our brand new gallery space, a former chocolate factory, Fontana presents our renowned artist - activist Claudy Jongstra and the talented young painter Thijs Segers. Both artists create their artworks inspired by a profound relationship with nature and a great concern about the state our natural world is in. Jongstra embraces the full potential of life on earth by benefitting from the wonderful material of sheep wool and by distilling her own colour palette using ancient dyers crops and worthy handcrafted skills. At the same time she is incessantly striving to enhance biodiversity, to safeguard cultural heritage and to transfer knowledge to younger generations.
Thijs Segers paints passionately to accept decay and nature’s mortal fate. Often starting from the beauty of harsh reality like a dead hare lying in the field, twisting tree branches or the endearing stages of a perishing sunflower, Segers works vigorously towards a nearly transparent mysterious abstraction in parts of his canvases.
In the imagery of both artists a radiating light of hope appears as a result of their struggle to cope with life’s challenges and their fervent wish to offer us a safe passage into the future. And that is exactly where the two artists meet on their transitional path in dialogue with nature, at an essential crossroad of expressing true concern by accepting transformation while presenting us with a hopeful blend between historical figuration and the sublime abstract landscape.
Saturday 26 February – Saturday 7 May 2022
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2 April - 28 May 2022