Artist Statement of Riky van Deursen

Riky van Deursen (1962), Dutch based, self-taught, living in Amsterdam.

"Painting for me is a journey in which my feelings and the exploration of various techniques are the key elements. Usually I previously do not have a specific image in mind. I focus on the colors and the painting develops while painting.

By painting I can let go of everyday things and I come back to myself. My intuitive abstract works are showing my experience: sometimes exuberant with lots of color and movement, sometimes subdued with soft colors and soft shapes. My inspiration comes from everyday things like images of a city, nature, a picture in a magazine, something I see on television, a thought, music, a work of art, a conversation.

Besides painting, I developed a passion for photography, which teaches me above all to look consciously and with a different look at things."