Arjan Lamers – ‘You Got the Colours Wrong’
I think the most common question I get about my painting is “why paint cows?”, I’ve tried to think of a deep routed meaning behind my paintings, something really artsy, something that would have made my art instructors proud at University, but I’ve never been able to find one, other than; I like the way they look when I paint them, so I do.
When I was studying art history, I was never attracted to the highbrow art, riddled with symbolism, meaning or some deep seeded political message. I appreciated the work of Jeff Koons and his inflated balloon sculptures, Takashi Murakami and his brightly coloured Anime styled paintings and Jackson Pollock for his general lack of concern of what art should be.
I generally don’t consider myself a ‘good painter’, in the technical sense of the definition. I spent very little time training with painters, and chose to focus on my drawing skills instead. Every time I try to stay true to the colours, I tend to stray. The bright ones always pull me in. I find myself constantly trying to limit my colour choices, to avoid the temptation of colouring the whole cow red. I look at colours, not as a hue but more as a value, much like when I am drawing and looking for the lights and darks in an image.
I don’t know how much longer I will paint this way. I’m guessing it will probably change soon. Not because I don’t love the work I do, but more so because I find change to be a great motivator in my work. I tried to paint a frog for the first time. It looks pretty good, so maybe I’ll stick with that.