At the heart of this painting lies an enormous sailing ship in the form of a conductor. The director as metaphor orchestrates the entire flow of operations by keeping the correct timing. Next to the conductor we see towering waves that must be tamed. On the right are trumpet players (personnel) who sway to the rhythm of the wave, while in the far left of the painting the music reverberates with the sound of violins and singing. It is extremely important that the correct timing is adhered to. Also, we can see turbulent times on the left, represented by a pirate ship engulfed in a storm.
A great deal is at stake for the ship’s conductor; he needs to ensure that the ship is always on the right course and prevent it from capsizing as a result of towering waves. With beautiful sounds and the right timing the ship’s conductor is assured of a good result. The orange hull of the ship is unable to mask the fact that here we are concerned with the Dutch mercantile spirit that also casts its nets in foreign waters. The hull is poised over an orchestra pit and flanked by a hydraulic lift. Two musicians make their debut in the orchestra pit. Will they be accepted or not? The water becomes calm and on peering through the portholes (into the future) one sees more peaceful times ahead on the horizon.
- Title: The Ship Conductor
- Artist: Dejo
- Year: 2005
- 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.