Jonas Raps; Heden, The Hague

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Young Jonas Raps (1992) is a very talented painter.

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Let that be clear.

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His compositions and his use of colour look solid, sound and enjoyable.

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In his present exhibition at Heden, held to commemorate his obtaining the Heden Startprijs (Heden Start Prize) a year ago, he shows some new oil paintings as well as a mural in egg tempera.

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That’s all very well – i’d say his paintings are even too solid and sound – but what really interests me are his sketchbooks.

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They show quite another Jonas Raps, a very direct one, one with different shapes, taken from reality and fantasy, but generally grown from the materials.

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They are the worlds behind his paintings.

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They show his fascination with colours, with shapes, sometimes cartoonlike, sometimes more abstract, with movement, with character and expression, with content and the lack of it, they show his doubts and his certainties, to be short, everything that seems to stay hidden behind the solidity of his paintings.

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Clearly, Raps possesses gold, but it needs more digging.

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But i’m sure he will dig on and show us some unexpected stuff.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Contents of the pictures courtesy Jonas Raps and Heden.

 

Bertus Pieters

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