New acquisitions: World Stress Painting
Olphaert den Otter (Poortugaal, 1955) started work on the World Stress Painting series in 2009. The paintings on paper depict the destruction wrought by nature and by mankind, in wars as well as in ‘peace operations’.
Den Otter bases his paintings on photographs obtained from a variety of sources - in effect, from the entire World Press. He will alter details if necessary; for example, he may change the perspective if that improves the viewing angle. He also leaves out items that testify to a human presence; for instance a shoe or a children’s bicycle.
Den Otter wants the image that he creates to be anonymous; it is his way of immortalising destruction. That is also why the individual pieces have titles that refer to the immortal aspects of nature, including human nature: the four elements of water, air, earth and fire.
Den Otter makes his own paint. The colours radiate thanks to mineral pigments in the egg tempera. The destruction of the world is a glowing affair. So far, Den Otter has painted over 150 works. But his World Stress series is far from complete.
Den Otter about World Stress Painting: "A never-ending series that lends visual interpretation to the four elements, made by human intervention into catastrophes. A catalogue of beauty without well-being." (source: website Olphaert den Otter)
The new acquistions are on show in Expo 2.