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Rachel van Balen

Rachel van Balen

As a Dutch artist (graduated MFA in 2006), contemporary painting is my main profession. I'm inspired by photography and drawing, which I digitally alter to create the basis of a new painting. Photography gives my work a strong sense of reality, while drawings have a more imaginary sense. In my paintings I make much use of a degree of abstraction and a lot of contrast in color. Sometimes a work can be black and white with a single color added. This creates a tension between a colorful, joyful world, and a more mysterious, non-colorful world. I want this tension to become a balance. Other times I use fluorescent colors to create and extreme visual input in order to make a contrast with the everyday colors that surround us. The outer appearance of my work is as important to me as the inner expression they contain.

All works by Rachel van Balen (22 pictures)

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