A World of Drawings and Watercolors

For its very first viewing room, Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents a selection of works on paper by Hans Op de Beeck, Renie Spoelstra, Anthony Goicolea, and Levi van Veluw. These artists create astonishing watercolors, charcoal and graphite drawings of serene black and white landscapes and mysterious spaces with immersive and cinematographic quality. The calming and meditative works presented here may at times evoke feelings of the sublime and will take the viewer to new and unexplored places.

Hans Op de Beeck

For years, Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969) has been painting large watercolors. They’re painted at night, and the nocturnal has become more or less the paramount theme. They depict fictive, enigmatic, mainly nocturnal places and anonymous figures. They allude to both high and low culture and deal with both classic and contemporary subjects. But the most important thing is the paintings’ immersive mood.

Moon, 2018 | Black-and-white watercolor on Arches paper in wooden frame | 111 x 276 cm

Hans Op de Beeck

€ 45.000,- (Excl. tax)
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“In the watercolors you can see very well how the light animates the painted scenes. Throughout all of my work, the light, and the engagement with it, is of crucial importance. I find it is a determinant factor in the overall quality and experience of an artwork. With the technique of watercolors, a transparent medium, the white of the papier is your light source. If you paint too much on a watercolor you turn out the light, and, in the worst-case scenario, you kill off the painting. In fact, the light in your watercolor is what you leave bare, and not what you paint.” – Hans Op de Beeck

Installation View | Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition 2018

On the Ocean (night), 2018 | Black and white watercolour on Arches paper in wooden frame | 111 x 276 cm

Hans Op de Beeck

€ 45.000,- (Excl. tax)
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Renie Spoelstra

Renie Spoelstra’s (NL, 1974) arduous process of drawing always begins with a journey. For close to a decade, she has travelled to coasts, lakes and beaches throughout North America and Europe. Recently she visited the volcanic islands of La Palma and Iceland, looking for landscapes that evoke overwhelming existential feelings. Once she has found these locations, she films the scenes, and by using the stills from the footage, she is able to move on to the next phase of conveying a personal representation of a geographic location. Her work is never about the locations she depicts – no matter how beautiful they are. They are always about triggering emotions and associations that sharpen our senses.

Black Ice, 2019 | Charcoal on paper | 196 x 367,5 cm

Renie Spoelstra

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Black beach #5, 2020 | Charcoal on paper | 125,5 x 212,5 cm

Renie Spoelstra

€ 16.500,- (Excl. tax)
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Northern Route #4 (Frozen Waterfall), 2020 | Charcoal on paper | 40 x 65 cm

Renie Spoelstra

€ 5.000,- (Excl. tax)
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For years I’ve had the desire to travel to Iceland during the end of wintertime. I wanted to capture the rough, odd nature that seems to be in an ongoing battle or constant shifting. An underneath restlessness that seems to be in total contradiction with what the traveler experiences: tranquility, silence and space to breathe. The moment holding its breath.” – Renie Spoelstra

 

 

Half Frozen River, 2019 | Charcoal on paper | 103 x 194 cm

Renie Spoelstra

€ 14.850,- (Excl. tax)
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Northern Route #1 (frozen path), 2020 | Charcoal on paper | 40 x 65 cm

Renie Spoelstra

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Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a master draftsman, and his layered works on mylar paper incorporate collage and acrylic paint into intricately detailed ink and graphite drawings – expanding on the narratives found in his photographs and videos to create surreal, dreamlike images. In his work, the distinct sensation of loneliness and isolation is offset by an emphasis—through gesture, composition, and the artist’s profound ability to portray depth within his subjects—on beauty.

Pigeon, 2019 | Charcoal on Raw Linen Canvas Hung on top of Acrylic and Graphite Drawing on Frosted Mylar Film | 223,5 x 152,5 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 23.000,- (Excl. tax)
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Forced, 2019 | Graphite on Mylar Film Mounted to Board | 61 x 45,5 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 4.800,- (Excl. tax)
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“Each medium serves its own purpose: photographs: although they are kind of dreamlike, they are based in reality. I feel like It’s very difficult to absorb a photo or take it in if it’s too far over in the realm of fantasy, because then it becomes too sci-fi for me. So a lot of times I’ll have ideas for things that are better executed in drawing and painting, because there is this suspension of belief that you automatically give to a drawing or painting, because it is about fantasy in this made-up space.” – Anthony Goicolea

 

 

Anonymous Self-Portrait XXXXXI, 2019 | Graphite and Oil on frosted Mylar Film Mounted to Board | 50 x 40 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 5.600,- (Excl. tax)
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Anonymous Self-Portrait XXXXVIII, 2019 | Graphite and Oil on frosted Mylar Film Mounted to Board | 50 x 40 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 5.600,- (Excl. tax)
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Levitation, 2019 | Graphite on Mylar Film Mounted to Board | 28 x 35,5 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 2.900,- (Excl. tax)
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Russian Roulette, 2019 | Acrylic on Raw Linen Canvas | 91,5 x 76 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 10.400,- (Excl. tax)
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Stigmata, 2019 | Graphite on Mylar Film Mounted to Board | 28 x 35,5 cm

Anthony Goicolea

€ 2.900,- (Excl. tax)
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Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw (NL, 1985) has produced a multi-disciplinary oeuvre that includes photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. His charcoal-drawn spaces echo undefined Aztec-like architectural landscapes and uninhabited workplaces, created within an orderly, systemic structure. Austere, static forms made up of successions of rhythmical repetitions seem reminiscent of relics, used to magnify a non-existing higher purpose. They stimulate the mind and engage with the eye in fascinating ways. His drawings achieve a very high level of realism and create astounding levels of contrast and shading.

 

 

“For me drawing with charcoal feels like one of the most basic forms of expression. It’s just paper and burned wood. However, within this medium I experience a huge amount of freedom. I can freely experiment with themes and concepts and with shapes, atmospheres and lighting. By making charcoal drawings opportunities arise for translating the spaces into real thee-dimensional installations.” – Levi van Veluw

 

 

Temple, 2017 | Charcoal on paper | 195 x 138,5 cm

Levi van Veluw

€ 17.000,- (Excl. tax)
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Oratory, 2017 | Charcoal on paper | 65,5 x 86,5 cm

Levi van Veluw

€ 8.800,- (Excl. tax)
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For additional information regarding a work, please contact our director Nick Majoor-Arie at nick@ronmandos.nl

ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck (Be) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

He has had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, B (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Art Unlimited, Basel, CH (2016); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); ...

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ABOUT Renie Spoelstra

Renie Spoelstra’s arduous process of drawing always begins with a journey. For close to a decade, she has travelled to coasts, lakes and beaches throughout North America and Europe. Recently she visited the volcanic islands of La Palma and Iceland, looking for landscapes that evoke overwhelming existential feelings. Once she has found these locations, she films the scenes, and by using the stills from the footage, she is able to move on to the next phase of conveying a personal representation of a geographic location. Her work is never about the locations she depicts – no matter how beautiful they are. They are always about triggering emotions and associations that sharpen our senses.

Spoelstra uses film footage as a starting point for her charcoal drawings. The suede like and velvety texture is achieved by the many layers of charcoal, which are skillfully positioned on top of each other to re-create an almost cinematographic scene. The balance between darkness and soft beams of light is rendered through the many shades of black and grey, creating a notion that something may be lurking below the surface.

Spoelstra looks for an atmosphere, and it is this atmosphere that she tries to re-create in her drawings. The dark hues, empty landscapes and sheer size of the works evoke an existential, melancholic sentiment, and allows for the viewer to lose oneself in each piece. Although these works are reproductions of real places, and are not imagined sceneries, the soulful nature of the drawings, and dark depths, reveal a personal interpretation of the artist’s emotion.

Themes of intensity, secrecy and mystery are reoccurring in Spoelstra’s works. There is an alluring and mythical feel of a place. The series ‘Stretching Universe’ refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while here on earth it feels as though it is shrinking with the rise of xenophobia, narrow-mindedness and the continuous threats of climate change. Fleeing, or escaping to nature is not as easy as it may seem.

Renie Spoelstra studied at St. Joost, Breda and at the Academie Minerva, Groningen. She has exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad, notably at institutions like the Albertina, Vienna; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Her work is included in renowned collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACBA Barcelona; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; the Guerlain Fondation, Paris, and many other (private) collections.

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ABOUT Anthony Goicolea

Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lives and works in New York

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

His diverse oeuvre encompasses digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar. Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. These early works featured groups of young boys on the threshold of adolescence, acting out childhood fantasies and bizarre rituals of revelry and social taboo in highly staged domestic or institutional settings or dense, fairy-tale forests. Revealing a playful self-consciousness, they often consisted of complex composites of the artist himself, in all manner of poses and guises. Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous, yet strangely compelling, landscapes, ranging from dream-like woodland environments to vast, unforgiving urban and industrial wastelands. The artist has created several series of digitally composited, and heretofore uncharted, topographies, often populated by bands of masked and uniformed figures.

In recent series, many of the images are devoid of humans, although the landscape reflects an anonymous and increasingly tenuous human presence. In these works, primitive lean-tos and crudely constructed shanties coexist in an uneasy union with the technological vestiges of an industrialized society. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the pervasive undercurrent of human alienation—from one another as well as the natural environment—that can be traced throughout the artist’s work.

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ABOUT Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw was born in 1985, in Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
He lives and works near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Since graduating in 2007, Levi van Veluw has produced multi-disciplinary works that includes photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. This varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards.

The artist first became known in 2008 with his solo exhibition Landscapes at Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. This coincided with him being awarded the International Photo Award in New York for the photo series “Ballpoints”, and the selection of one of his video works for the Whitstable Biennale UK.

In 2010, the work of the artist was showcased in a series of major museum exhibitions, including the exhibition “Dead or Alive” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Ars Electronica in Linz.

2013 saw the publication of the book “Origin of the Beginning”. This singular book is a work of art in itself, published in an edition of 1000 hand-signed copies. The book, which is widespread among collectors and enthusiasts, provides an overview of the artist’s work from 2006 to 2013, a rich oeuvre that includes photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos.

The work of Levi Veluw has been exhibited internationally in leading museums and institutions, and is included in both public and private collections, including the Borusan Collection, Museum Voorlinden collection, the Ekard Collection and KPMG. In addition to his work in his individual practice, Levi van Veluw has also worked on commissions for private clients. In this way, he has collaborated, in 2012, with curator Marc Coetzee on the film “Family” in the frame of the “Films4peace” project. In 2014, van Veluw created for Hermès a life-sized site-specific installation for one of their main windows in Shanghai. Van Veluw’s works have also been widely shown at international art fairs such as, among others, The Armory Show New York, Art Brussels, Volta Basel, Unseen Amsterdam and the Barcelona Loop Fair Barcelona.

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