2015 Season IV


Artist Statement

Bima Engels' love for abstract painting is strongly related to his fascination for skies, endless landscapes and astronomy. These elements he is trying to incorporate into his abstract paintings.

Therefore the mean topic of Bima's work is: Painting gigantic, endless, abstract worlds who form poetic reflections of an universe.

During his academy time, he instinctively started investigating these directions. By studying modern abstract painting, combined with classical Japanse landscape painting, he slowly developed a body of work which forms a kind of basis.

Bima came to the conclusion that an abstract painting should be more than only an expression of an emotion or an abstract impression of reality. It also should contain stories, maps, warzones, ideas, darkness etc... The huge scale of his paintings emphasizes the grandeur and infinity of the abstract image.

But more important, Bima actually has to work with space when he is standing in front of a huge canvas. A challange which gives him every time a kick.

Violence plays a signficant role in Bima's paintings, because if you paint an abstract world you eventually will discover that you just can´t ignore the disharmonic elements who created chaos and violence. An abstract painting should show a totality of all kind of elements.

Supported by CBK Rotterdam ( centre for visual arts Rotterdam ) + www.cbkrotterdam.nl

Supported by Materiaalfonds + www.materiaalfonds.nl