Patrick Painter

Rinus Van de Velde

22 Sep - 27 Oct 2012

© Rinus Van de Velde
22 September – 27 October 2012

Patrick Painter Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Rinus Van de Velde. The exhibition features largescale, figurative charcoal drawings on canvas that realize the mediums unique ability for subtle shades and deep shadows to intertwine emotion and narratives from individual works into a larger story that spans the entire exhibition.
Inspired by the form of contemporary fiction, Van de Velde’s large, highly rendered and structured tableaus concentrate on central characters to invest his imagery with a complex storyline. In his show, Van de Velde focuses onto a fictionalized version of himself and a fictional young writer, and friend, who has gone missing. The drawings, and descriptive titles present the artists fruitless attempt to locate his friend and his isolation as he draws out the contradictory evidence left behind by his disappearance.
Van de Veldeʼs narrative world focuses on the convergence of art historical precedent and a reinterpretation of the medium; one which takes on scale and form, presenting each piece as an object as well as an image. In this reinterpretation, Van de Velde emerses himself in the space between systematic and unsystematic reality.
The exploratory nature of his work lends itself well to the marriage of narrative and figurative.
Influenced by the work of artists who have redefined the drawing medium, such as Paul Noble and Raymond Pettibon, Van de Velde seeks to incorporate a unique gestural and open approach, adding layers of visual impact and emotion to his work.
This show marks Rinus Van de Veldeʼs first major solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Van de Velde is currently also represented by the Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium, Galerie Zink in Berlin, Germany and Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has recently exhibited at the prestigious Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands (2012).

Tags: Paul Noble, Raymond Pettibon, Rinus van de Velde