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Van Rijn positions his work within, beyond, aside and in front of everyday reality. Its content is fuelled by the ever recurring discussion on the end of art, which is taken as a metaphor for today's cultural and moral state of affairs. Currently his focus is on researching the cultural dimensions of Neo-Paganism, specifically Wicca or Modern Witchcraft. Stemming from the spiritual attitudes within early modernism, Wicca's sampling of existing 'traditions' into a new religious phenomenon has many tangents with today's artist practice. Through an output of text, images and performance, it puts forward challenging approaches to fundamental socio-cultural concepts such as time and history, nature and ecology, gender relations, spirituality and religion. Employing a wide range of media -from drawing to artists' publications and from installation to performance- Van Rijn's research explores Neo-Paganism as an invented revivalist tradition based on rejected knowledge.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Renaissance..., 200 x 150 cm., acrylics/ink-paper, 2006

Drifting..., 65 x 50 cm., pen/ink-paper, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

Bureau gallery's booth at ZOO art fair
London, 2006


From October 13th till 15th 2006 Bureau gallery from Salford Manchester showcased work at ZOO art fair of :
Jacob Cartwright, Karin de Jong, Freek Drent, Tony Garifalakis, Dave Griffiths, Irene Hanenbergh, Esther Johnson, Ronnie Kray, Vinca Petersen, Ewoud van Rijn.

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Muse's Imperative03- exploding eye, ink-paper, 50 x 70 cm., 2006

The Muse's Imperative02, ink-paper, 62 x 50 cm., 2006

The Muse's Imperative01-be mysterious, ink-paper, 63 x 52 cm., 2006

Only Chaos Is Real, acrylics-ink on paper, 220 x 150 cm, 2006

working on a new piece

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Announcement, 58 x 42 cm., 2005

Innocence, 150 x 200 cm., 2005

Beauty, 150 x 110 cm., 2005

Island of the dead painter
, 145 x 110 cm., 2005

Old story, 150 x 110 cm., 2005

Re-enchant the disenchanted, 150 x 110 cm., 2005

Fate, 150 x 110 cm., 2005

, 190 x 150 cm., 2006

The Venture Series:
The images of this series resemble blown up illustrations from a book which narrative has been lost. Their sepia washes conjure up an exaggerated nostalgia. Each work represents an island, undermined by the forces of nature. The islands are inhabited by exiles from better times: all to human fairies, animated corpes and decomposing detritus of all sorts. They are groteque icons of lust for life and inevitable decay, overpowered by natural impulses.
Each island is a stop on the ocean of the imagination. Together they make up an archipelago of frayed stage sets and their marooned inhabitants play out scenes of lost innocence, melancholy, discomfort and enchantment...