Rogier’s art captures ordinary domestic spaces and conveys the value of the simplest of items from our everyday life – pillows and bed sheets, teapots, even the dish washing liquid near the kitchen sink.
The human figures in these paintings, nude or barely-clothed, are caught when they are playing with their devices, trying hard to communicate with a loved one or simply lost in thought. They are confused and complex. Fully themselves.
Apart from visual art, the painter is influenced by poetry and opera. “I like poetry,” says Rogier, “but I don’t know much about it, to be honest. I like the French poète maudit and also Boutens, a Dutch poet. I could quote him, but no one would understand. I also like Sappho and Ovidius. I am very fond of opera – Mussorgsky, Puccini, Janáček, Mozart – they are the ones who tell us about people, about characters…who I may paint, one day.”
Rogier Willems teaches both adults and children and designs sets for theatrical productions. Discover more on his website (www.rogierwillems.nl), Saatchi Art profile (www.saatchiart.com/rogierwillems) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Rogier-Willems-711144495601381).
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