Maarten Krol

My name is Maarten Krol and I’ am a graduate from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). The title of my graduation presentation is Warm Bright Soft Light. It refers to the formal qualities that my paintings contain. As well as an abstract feeling that I would want the viewer to experience when looking at my work. Feelings of serenity, wonder, comfort, calmness etc.

Point and Shoot, 2022 | Bleach on sewn cotton | both 60 x 40 cm

Maarten Krol

Sold

Shadows Make Shadows, 2022 | Bleach on sewn cotton | 185 x 120 cm

Maarten Krol

Sold

My paintings are created not necessarily by adding elements onto a canvas, but rather by changing what the canvas is itself. Various pieces of fabric are layered over one another and sewn together. As if they are fragments of different paintings, brought together as a collage of some sort. Marks are created through bleaching, staining, sewing, dyeing, and painting. I am always looking for new methods to explore the medium of painting and question what a painting can be.

All of the textiles used in my work are sourced from thrift stores. Blankets, bedsheets, curtains or just plain fabric; they can all serve as a carrier for my paintings. Parts of my works are often left empty. I believe that the grain of the textiles and the variations in textures have their own beauty. I am drawn to working with a muted color palette and a minimal visual language. To me, something more subdued demands more attention, it forces a certain kind of focus. It allows me to shut off my surroundings and lets me be away from all the noise.

Strips, 2022 | Acrylic on sewn cotton, burlap and polyester | 60 x 40 cm

Maarten Krol

Mess in the Ruins, 2022 | Acrylic on sewn cotton and polyester | 70 x 50 cm

Maarten Krol

Off the Grid, 2022 | Bleach on sewn cotton | 100 x 80 cm

Maarten Krol

Leak, 2022 | Sewn cotton and burlap | 60 x 40 cm

Maarten Krol

Smog I, 2022 | Sewn cotton | 110 x 130 cm

Maarten Krol

Sold

I take inspiration from things that I see in daily life. There are certain visual qualities in today’s highly designed city landscape that often catch my eye; everyday things that have a painterly quality to them or a certain formal composition that I like. This can be a dirty wall, a spray-painted electricity cabinet, or some trash on the street. Mostly these images are traces of human interaction with their environment that appear as time passes. They are like a break from the usual busy city surrounding where you are overwhelmed with information and confronted with a sensory overload.

Strings, 2022 | Bleach on sewn cotton | 60 x 40 cm

Maarten Krol

Available

Smog II, 2022 | Sewn cotton | 85 x 110 cm

Maarten Krol

Available

For inquiries into the works by Maarten Krol, click on one of the buttons below:

Email Inquiry Whatsapp Inquiry