Artist Statement

“GEOMETRY WILL DRAW THE SOUL TOWARD TRUTH
AND CREATE THE SPIRIT OF PHILOSOPHY” — Plato

Since Paul Ouwerkerks re-emergence as an artist began (around 2015), he picked up a fascination for geometric shapes and volumes. After consructing these as paper models, he photographed them and found expression in prints on various materials.

He then experimented with numerical formulas, which enabled him to generate 2-dimensional representations of these geometrical shapes, in a sense mapping them – but with the inclusion of the experience of perspective. At first in the digital domain. Then he realized that moving towards classical painting techniques would enforce his means of expression, as the visual effort to construct these works became a more integral part of the experience of the outcome.

The depiction of geometry, machinery, modular shifting and grid systematics is what fascinates the artist. Resulting in the creation of what he refers to as ‘Progressive Patterns’, in which every repetitive step emulates a deformation of the visual element(s) and no exact similar shape can be found in this ‘pattern’.

The works seem to be challenging the time-space continuum. Bending the perception of the fabric of reality itself. The ‘Time-Machine’ theme can be seen as central to this abstract visual odyssee.

ALthough there has been a focus on expression within the domain of acrylic painting on canvas, expression is found, investigation and pursued through unlimited technical means, ranging from digital printwork to acrylic paint on canvas, from mural to wallpaper or ceramic tiles.