This painting recounts the story of a voyage of discovery into the world of visual art; spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day. Although the composition is partly based on Rembrandt’s painting “The Steel Masters” this is not the subject of the painting. Here, six great masters of art are depicted as a party onboard a ship that has been named after them: The Golden Ark. These great masters are Lichtenstein, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Appel. Each master is accompanied on the journey by one of his masterpieces – each symbolizing an art movement: Pop Art; Impressionism; Cubism; Fauvism; Surrealism; and Abstract Expressionism (Cobra).
The Golden Ark sails throughout the ages, leaving the various art movements in its wake. Eventually the ship ties up. The atmosphere and backdrop in which the ship finds itself is the birthplace for a new visual art movement: De Stijl (The Style)! Mondrian was an important proponent of this movement. The Golden Ark ventures further into the 21st century. Maybe she will encounter some new movements…
- Title: The Golden Ark
- Artist: Dejo
- Year: 2006
- Technique: Acrylic
- Material: Canvas
- Size: 120 x 180 cm
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Toyism paintings are nothing if not bizarre but recognizable imageries drawn from reality, the surreal, and fantasy. The intense play of lines, shapes, dots and colors is intended to help open the viewer’s mind. And to critical thinking about the human condition in the present day world. Toyism is figurative, contemporary and based on a story. These stories can cover all kinds of subjects, from happy to critical or serious subjects. Toyism paintings are very labour intensive. Every painting consist of several layers of paint. Making the colours bright and vibrant and able to withstand the test of time.
Paintings are created by a mixed group of professional artists from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds and working in various disciplines. Yet all artists have a like-minded view of how to experience this art and inspire each other. No matter their own backgrounds or beliefs, everyone can express themselves in this style without losing their own value or feeling. Therefore every toyist can influence and enrich the style. Hence toyists tell their own story and depict it.