About the artist (1937)
Whether working on a small or large scale, Arie de Groot’s oeuvre is distinguishable by its intricate detailing. In this process drawing plays an important role. He leaves light traces or creates patterns that might make suggestions or bestow symbolic meaning, but these patterns are often distorted. This element of unpredictability is enhanced by webs of searching lines. Using black and white or vibrant colours, de Groot’s artworks radiate a joyous quality. Works are often segmented and contain unexpected elements of collage and texture, but always retaining a lightweight character as large parts of the picture surface are left bare. This creates an openness that makes his work so inviting.
In 2008 the artist created an impressive commission for the PKN church in Barendrecht. The Awakening of Silence consists of thousands of painted spheres attached to the wall composed to resemble abstracted hands or angels. Each measuring at least 20m²! It is an inspiring sight to behold.