About the artist (1956)
The paintings by Bert Vredegoor are intimate, often dark spaces that are full of unexpected detail. The collection contains paintings from two distinct periods by the artist.
The first variety is generally painted with loose, dynamic brushstrokes and contains echoes of distorted cult objects, such as chalices or candle sticks. They are brightly expressive. The second type is much more restrained and carefully structured, rendered in elaborate warm but somber tones. Geometric shapes are juxtaposed against organic and floral patterns. In both styles the artist’s use of gold is noteworthy. Gold gives the artworks an ornamentation that may allude to devotional embellishments found in Christian and Orthodox icon painting. Vredegoor puts these traditional concepts into a new perspective.
Today the artist makes remarkable black velvet panels with intricate designs that emerge through a careful bleaching process. As a result, stunning light environments are created.