The paintings Boersma makes are about being alone, even in a crowd. The people on the paintings are close together, but at the same time they have little in common with the persons standing next to them. It seems that these figures are all in their own little world and they are all minding their own business. Gerard also paints people who are waiting by themselves somewhere. These figures are mostly so called 'backfigures' which he uses to create a certain amount of distance. Public space is usually the setting for a work of art by Boersma. Busstops, traffic lights and money machines for example are places where the young artist takes an interest in. The paintings therefore all show an element of todays society. Nowadays Gerard adds more layers into his paintings. They still are about being alone in a crowd, but also other cultural and social elements are playing a big part. These themes give the paintings a more timeless feel. What makes his art so special is his ability to take ordinary life to the next level. His use of a strong dark-light contrast give all the paintings this strange atmosphere. It's realistic, but at the same time almost unreal or surreal if you want. It kinda makes you think whenever you are in such a situation, doesn't it?
Biography: Gerard Boersma is a young emerging artist from the Netherlands, specializing in Realism. He graduated in 2001 at the School of Arts Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands. The school is well known for training his realistic artists and brought forth some of the greatest Dutch realistic painters ever. He's been a professional since his graduation with many shows all over his native country in places such as Amsterdam, Breda, Groningen and in his hometown Leeuwarden. Not only galleries are noticing his art, the most influential museum in his region, the Fries Museum, recently added one of Gerard's works to their collection. His project about the Duth Queen Emma, won the public prize of the prestigeous Dutch design award Vredeman de Vries in 2003. Other countries nowadays are also recognizing his talent. Earlier this year for example Gerard exhibited at Agora Gallery, which is located in Soho, New York, USA, probably the best art-district in the world. The show went well and scheduled for 2005 is a new show at the Agora Gallery. Next year his work will also be shown at shows in Belgium and of course The Netherlands. Gerard makes his painting with acrylic on masonite and is influenced by painters like Edward Hopper among a whole list of others. Although he might be influenced by others, Gerard has his own recognizable style. He actually never signs his works because of this. Once you know the works are his, you will allways be able to recognize other paintings by his hand. Gerard is determined to be one of the best new artists entering the scene and he's here to stay for the long run.
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