What seem to be more or less innocent fairy tale scenes at first sight, turn out to be far more realistic ones.
Van Geest uses as his key players small objects he collected himself, that refer to our archetypal myths that frame our morals or even sometimes our reasons to live for.
The objects may be represented in their individual full glory or together with others in a meeting or even in a parade.
Together with plants and weeds, which act more or less as the jungle of life, they may refer to titles and ideas of “high” and “low” culture that underscore both their archetypal qualities and their individual lyricism.
Take your time looking at these paintings, they are fine, many and each contains its own story and dispositions.
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© Villa Next Door 2017
Content of all pictures courtesy to Arie van Geest and Livingstone Gallery.