Paul Drissen, The Present, Present, Present

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition THE PRESENT, PRESENT, PRESENT by Paul Drissen. He shows recent works, he made between 2014 and 2018. The present, the actual moment, is difficult to catch in painting, since each aspect of the medium always reflects the past. The exhibition opens Friday November 23 during Amsterdam Art Weekend (22-25 November) and will run through December 22. You can listen to an interview (in Dutch) with Paul Drissen by Robert van Altena on his work on line, here.

Paul Drissen makes colourful paintings with casein tempera on canvas. He uses elements from the modernist tradition in an almost nostalgic way. Therefore, he used to call his paintings Ghostpaintings. His newest works are more collages than classic paintings. Cut-out and folded colour paper and found cloth are playfully pinpointed as ‘moments’ in a cardboard archival box. A composition trying to find a way out of the past.

Drissen, born in 1963 in Oirsbeek (NL), lives and works in Maastricht. After his study at the Ateliers 63 in Haarlem he started exhibiting at Art & Project Gallery. He had museum solo shows at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, and at the Stadsgalerij Heerlen in 2005, on which occasion a catalogue was published entitled Melodernia. His work has been collected by several important private and public collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Stadsgalerij Heerlen.