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The on-line mind-map of K_Van’s artistic work. A fascination for objects translated onto in low polygon forms. Oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, progress dating from before 2010 to the end of 2017.
K-Van: “I have developed a unique method of using embroidery and stitching technique in my paintings to make geometrical objects. I use the embroidered threads as a guideline or a set of rules.“

There is a hunger in K_Van's work that drives him forward.

low polygone toy submarine
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas
90 x 90 cm
1976_toy_submarine
This painting was selected for the

Biennale of Santorini 2012

and depicts a low polygon submersible object. The paint has been applied in several layers using a rough small brush that created a texture.
low polygon toy
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas and Other.
100 x 100 cm
1978_toy_under_waterstation

Mainly the warm blues. Cobalt blue, ultra-marine and phtalo blue

were used mixed with Zinc white for its non-opaque qualities allowing for a shift in tone. Prussian blue is mixed into the grey to give the background a cold tone.
low polygon Painting toy diving bell
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas and Other
100 x 100 cm
1979_toy_diving_bell
A low polygon Hexagonal object on a flat plane. The image is reconstructed from a digital image. The intersecting points are transferred onto the canvas using embroidery threads and a needle. The long threads represent the vectors of the drawing. These treads are finally glued onto the canvas using rabbit skin glue.
painting 1980 toy ski lift house
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas and Other
100 x 100 cm
1980_toy_ski_lift_house

The oil paint pallet consists of 32 different types of blue hue.

The grey background is build up using several thin layers of grey paint. The image remains aloof, floating on or above the earth.
art sketch | K_Van
2012
screen image
30 x 40 cm
sketch
After the initial sketch on paper a digital model is made with a horizontal plane.
rabbit
screen image
30 x 30 cm
3d rabbit
Sketch: 3D digital build-up. Contrasting blocks combined with a descriptive form.
trees
screen image
30 x 30 cm
trees
Top view sketch, recreating wind movement.
low polygon art
2010
screen image
30 x 57 cm
3d computer model with low polygones
2) a standard 3D build up with view-ports; perspective, top and right. (My interest in 3d modelling started in 1984 with VU-3D for the ZX Spectrum home computer.)
A far cry painting
2015
Painting: Oil, thread on canvas.
100 x 140 cm
a far cry
From the initial models made in 2013 I continued with these paintings. They are a mixed media using traditional painting combined with embroidery. The lines making the figures are embroidered using coloured threads. The brown and white surfaces are painted using oil colours.
painting base and statue
2013
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
base_and_statue
Breaking the polygone borders, the brush stroke start following the curvature of the model.
bollard bitt painting, K_Van
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
bollard_bitt

Yellow, yellow deep, violet, Indian red, Vandyke brown.

A lighter sky area is places near the right top corner.
buildings painting
2012
digital photo
51 x 68 cm
buildings
bow and scrape painting
2015
Painting: Oil, coloured threads on canvas
100 x 140 cm
bow and scrape
The coloured threads are sown on the canvas using long stiches to ensure the straight vector lines.
detail thread on canvas

37 x 54 cm
detail thread on canvas
Close up of thread embroidered on canvas. The threads are glued onto the canvas using traditional rabbit skin glue, which ensures elasticity
Dual_tubing painting
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
Dual_tubing
Two tubes inter connected
the artist and his finished paitning
the artist and his finished paitning
The artist and 5 trees
progress detail, K_Van
progress detail
Progress detail, bright greens provide a harsh contrast.
early trees
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
early_trees
early trees
Foucault pendulum detail
Foucault pendulum detail
3) First colour build-up on the canvas, using warm oil colours on the foreground such as cadmium yellow hue and cobalt violet hue.
Foucault pendulum detail
Foucault pendulum detail
3) The strong contrast is reduced with warm greys. In the final image I again used Cadmium Yellow and Violet to slightly enhance the contrast.
Foucault pendulum, Le Mus�e des arts et m�tiers
2012
Painting oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Foucault pendulum
Reconstruction of the Foucault pendulum with a GeoSphere.
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screen image
20 x 20 cm
A remodeling using a standard lighting from the top.
fuel injection
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
fuel_injection
An industrial fuel injection device.
K_Van artist oil painting
gas_regulator
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
gas_regulator
Using a rough brush and a yellow paint (which has a natural low opacity) I followed the angles of the polygons.
GENE DRD4 NOVELTY SEEKER, K_Van
2014
Print: Linocut
38 x 25 cm
GENE DRD4 NOVELTY SEEKER
The dopamine receptor D4 gene, is known to influence novelty seeking and exploration behaviour in a range of species, including humans and birds.
NOVELTY SEEKER, K_Van
2014
Print: Linocut
38 x 25 cm
lino plate gray, yellow and black
GENE DRD4 NOVELTY SEEKER, K_Van
2014
Print: Linocut
38 x 25 cm
GENE DRD4 NOVELTY SEEKER
GENE DRD4.
laugh in turn, K_Van
2015
Painting: oil and thread on Canvas
100 x 140 cm
laugh and turn
The coloured threads are sown on the canvas using long stiches to ensure the straight vector lines.
Buidlings China
2012
photo
52 x 69 cm
Buidlings China
buildings China
2012
photo
51 x 68 cm
buildings China
Study of mobility and light on large object.
study
2012
oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
study
Study of red bloodcells using warm grey.
catalogue
2012
catalogue
51 x 80 cm
catalogue
Catalogue of the Beijing international biennial 2012.
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low polygon drawing, K_Van
paper
26 x 29 cm
Isometric projection
Isometric projection.
low polygon drawing
sketch K_Van
low polygon drawing
sketch
low polygon drawing
sketch
factory
2014
photographic study
30 x 53 cm
factory
Study of warm cylindrical objects.
Study on paper with charcoal. K_Van
2013
paper
34 x 60 cm
sketch
Study on paper with charcoal.
Inspired by 3 tone songs. K_Van
2013
screen dump
40 x 60 cm
Inspired by 3 tone songs
Constructed puppet with 3D modeling program. I choose three different images for a painting and an animation. Inspired by 3 tone songs
screen dump, K_Van
2013
3d model
3 tone animation
laughter, K_Van
2013
sketch
This image stills evokes laughter, the other two, help and bow.
studio
2013
photo
30 x 53 cm
studio
Painting studio
tube
2013
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
120 x 120 cm
tube
theme underwater
prod
2014
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
prod
work in progress
barrel, oil painting on canvas, K_Van
2014
Oil painting on canvas.
90 x 90 cm
barrel work in progress K_Van
Work in progress, theme water. For years I had been working on a canvas size 90 by 90 cm. An appropriate format that suited my small studio space well. But after working on the rotating objects (small sculptures), I began working on larger canvases. The larger formats directly gave me room to work with the paint rather than the brush. The paintings from this point on become freer, and the interaction between the paint and the stitched raster lines is more diverse.
drawings and rotating object, K_Van
2013
photo
30 x 43 cm
drawings and rotating object
Exhibition rotating object
First Floor gallery Harare, Zimbabwe
rotating object, with solar, K_Van
2013
rotating object
A collection of small rotating objects
the making of a bear sculpture
2010
paper clay
25 x 25 cm
paper-clay bear sculpture
Getting the feeling for 3D in a sculpture using a mixture of paper mixed with clay.
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2013
postcard, K_Van
K_Van Harare
infected ant
2012
Painting: oil on canvas.
90 x 90 cm
infected ant
When it is ready to produce spores, the fungus grows into the brain of the ant and releases chemicals that make the ant climb a plant then attach itself near the top. It then kills its host by devouring its brain, before sprouting a mushroom from the top of its head, which disperses its spores as widely as possible. Source: newspaper articles, radio reports and posts on the internet. Guardian.co.uk, National Geographic and PLoS ONE.
pressure-head
2013
Painting: oil on canvas, ink
90 x 90 cm
pressure-head
Steam pressure valve
low polygon ceramic
stop button
stop the world button
triangular tube base
2013
Painting
90 x 90 cm
triangular-tube-base
Two figures
triangular tube sphere, K_Van
2013
Painint: Oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
triangular-tube-sphere
Triangular tube sphere. The paint is being applied outside of the lines, giving a free-er interpretations of the initial digital image.
(note the painting from 2014 uses a different angle).
low polygon ceramic, K_Van
2012
Earth fired clay.
28 x 30 cm
ceramic objects
Sketches made from terracotta clay, approximate size 2cm high.
low polygon ceramic K_Van
The clay is pressed and polished with kemper tools
ball bearing
2012
Earth fired clay
28 x 30 cm
ball bearing
Ball bearing sketch made from Terracotta clay. The centre peice rotates.
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pocket Art
I have called the objects 'pocket art'. They are used to analyse form, weight, texture, handling and light fall. I carry the small objects in my jacket pocket.
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2013
recycled oak wood
22 x 30 cm
Study object
2013
recycled oak wood
31 x 40 cm
Study objecta
2012
detail
30 x 30 cm
Study object
meta-stem-and-pins
2012
Painting: oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
meta-stem-and-pins
meta-stem-and-pins, two object are covered with black ink.
dodecahedron, K_Van
2005
Dodecahedron
A plaster dodecahedron. Twelve faces, diameter 4cm
2012
photo
47 x 50 cm
Study, grey object
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oily water separator, K_Van
2011
detail
90 x 90 cm
oily_water_separator
Two object, narrow connection.
Object textured with short bristled brush.
pendulum photo, K_Van
pendulum-photo
1) Study object: the Foucault pendulum. The pendulum is suspended from a cord of 67 meters attached to a ceiling swung freely backwards and forwards, is a simple device conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers in Paris
island, K_Van
2012
detail
21 x 133 cm
island
Study: object horizon, light, colour and sky. The -exit- from the islands of the eastern Aegean towards the coast of Asia Minor.
detail
2012
detail
30 x 30 cm
detail
pre-Pressure detail
propd
2012
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50 x 33 cm
propd
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punch_press
2012
Painting: Oil, thread on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
punch_press
Several layers of Cadmium yellow hues for the ring
sand sculpture
2006
pen on paper
56 x 60 cm
sand sculpture sketch
1) a sketch for a sand sculpture broken down in different views.
K_Van artist oil painting
2006
photo
Photograhic studies of buidings and their light fall. (Above: Radio and TV tower in Brussel, near one of my daytime temp jobs.)
triangular tube sphere
2013
Painting: Oil, thread on paper
90 x 90 cm
triangular_tube_sphere
sculpure
Turned_Vehicle
Turned_Vehicle
Wastewater_Storage_Tank
Wastewater_Storage_Tank
white_statue
2012
Painting: Oil, thread on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
white_statue
The paint is scrapped back to the threads
yarn_trapper_bell
2011
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
yarn_trapper_bell
Permanent green, sap green, paynes gray, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, zinc white, cobalt violet, Prussian Blue.
speaker_connector
2012
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
90 x 90 cm
speaker_connector
Permanent green, sap green, paynes gray, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, zinc white, cobalt violet, Prussian Blue.
tank
2012
Oil on Canvas.
30 x 30 cm
tank
Permanent green, sap green, paynes gray, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, zinc white, cobalt violet, Prussian Blue.
Permanent green, oxide of chromiumn, terre verte, sap green, ivory black, paynes gray, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, zinc white, cobalt violet, van Dycke brown, Prussian Blue.
low poly sculpture of animals with two children
2011
Painting: Oil on Canvas.
189 x 140 cm
sculpture of animals with two children
Using the 3D digital image, the information is transferred onto the painting. The painting (triptych) depicts a low polygon mesh representing a sculpture (a bear, ram, lion, dog and two playing children). This painting was part of the Beijing international bienniale 2012
K_Van artist oil painting
proposal for an artwall
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
45 x 45 cm
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
Itten explains seven kinds of colour contrast. For these paintings I focus on Cold-Warm contrast. Warm for the foreground, cold for the background
First Floor gallery Harare, K_Van
First Floor gallery Harare
A domestic scene in the gallery three more visitors.
Galleries of contemporary art in Zimbabwe.
box
2011
animation
10 x 10 cm
box
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study for the 'Return of the Nameless and Unknown'
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collection of low polygone drawings

A collection of small drawings.

Drawings like these are filtered on a sense of mobility, weight, balance, texture and novelty. I redraw the selected drawing and may re-use them in new models for paintings. Pen and pencil on paper.
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study engine and crankcase, K_Van
study engine and crankcase
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2015
Oil on canvas
140 x 140 cm
Return of the Nameless and Unknown.
I exhibited this painting during “The Five Moons: Return of the Nameless and Unknown.” PyeongChang Biennale. It was a compelling and daring exhibition of contemporary art in Gangneung, South Korea 2017.
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Tetrapod Wave Breakers, K_Van
Tiny tetrapod wave breakers
Ceramic study forms using white and red clay.
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pocket-art, pocketart, pocket art, K_Van
2007
pocket-art, bear, cat
Early pocket-art. Experiments with small objects.
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a small 3d printed study, pocket art, K_Van
3D printed study.
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fired clay, K_Van
fired clay
Object made with a wooden clay press.
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specially designed measuring equipment
2010
recycled oak wood
37 x 47 cm

Wooden objects inspired by sand mould patterns for casting machine parts.

During visits to the metal foundry, I was inspired by the process of the making of patterns. It is a skilled trade related to the trades of die and toolmaking. The pattern makers use specially designed measuring equipment (curved rulers) that are scaled in such a way that the pattern is made slightly larger in relation to the shrinkage of the cast iron.
recycled oak wood
casting machine
 cast iron
die and toolmaking
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low polygon drawing, K_Van
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Drawing exercises with compressed charcoal pencil on paper.
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Wooden artifact, K_Van
2009
wooden block
A wooden block cut with a CNC machine.
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zero gravity low polygon
zero gravity low polygon model
Wooden objects
Breaker_box
2013
Painting: oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Breaker_box
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tarp, cloth in wind K_Van painting
2013
Painting: oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
tarp in wind
Geocentric_Orbit, K_Van, oil painting
2014
Painting: oil on canvas
120 x 120 cm
Geocentric_Orbit
This painting was exhibited during the “The Five Moons: Return of the Nameless and Unknown.” PyeongChang Biennale, Gangneung, South Korea 2017.
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2014
Painting: oil on canvas
120 x 120 cm
telemetry_subsystem K_Van painting
2014
Painting: oil on canvas
120 x 120 cm
telemetry_subsystem
Mooring_and_Grounding_point oil on canvas K_Van
2017
Oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Mooring_and_Grounding_point

Non-rotating coordinates with the root at the centre.

For this painting, I constructed several models using modelling software and a 3Dprinter. This aided me to figure out the position of the bodies in the composition. During the painting, I concentrated on maintaining an open structure allowing the under layers to show through.
It is the last oil painting I made in 2017. To be picked up in 2019.



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Turbines_returning   oil on canvas K_Van
2017
Painting: oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Turbines_returning

The acceptance of imperfection.

I was inspired by the wind farms on our summer vacation trips in the countryside of Europe. The obscure forms of excessive surface areas attracted me. I examined the flow of space and the physical elements of the wind turbine. I presented this painting during the Larnaca Biennale Cyprus -first edition- in 2018. For this event, I unstretched the canvas in my studio, rolled it up and put it on the aircraft as odd-sized baggage. With more than 18000 visitors at the main exhibition, Larnaca Biennale became the biggest and most popular arts event in Cyprus that year.
Corrugated_Windbreak  oil on canvas
2017
Painting: oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Corrugated_Windbreak

A desolated abode, tools left behind after a certain unknown event.

I have some solar cells in the studio. The visual and physical properties of solar cells appealed to me. I like the lustre of the of zinc oxide stamped on the thin metal strips of aluminium, and the way the metal strips bend in a predictable manner. Inspired by the simplistic form, I scaled down the linework for the oil painting and concentrated on a plain curvature in a landscape.
I associate the painting with shelter and protection from the wind.
BaryCenter oil on canvas, K_Van
2017
Painting: oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm
BaryCenter

The center of mass of the bodies that are orbiting each other.

I tested the possibility of a newer physical space around the painted objects. The composition called for more space and a stronger presence of paint. I wanted to explore new boundaries by challenging the embroidered raster that I had set up.
With my savings, I bought two large canvases (2x2 meters) stretched on aluminium frames. Later that year, I stretched two more canvases on self-made wooden box frames. With the larger canvases, the painting process is more demanding. It asks for the physical awareness the canvas and the viscosity of the paint.
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