Past: Great Art/Small Sizes Festival

September 3 - October 2, 2021 
The ‘Great Art/Small Sizes Festival’ is a celebration of the often overlooked format of small paintings. The aim of the exhibition is to offer visitors the opportunity to engage with the works more intimately. Whether they are observed close-up or as fleeting impressions, the smallness of the of paintings invites viewers to be introspective and confronts them with the presence of the artist’s hand. Despite their size, the paintings both ‘packs a punch’ and create more scope for affordable pricing- giving visitors’ the chance to “literally” immediately pocket and take an original artwork home with them.

The exhibition will showcase the work of artists Arie Schippers and Anne Feddema; both of whom have produced an array of rich and layered small scale paintings which vividly meld together elements of realism and fantasy. Although the pieces have not been produced in a collaboration between both artists, they undoubtedly talk to and enhance each other greatly.
  Arie Schippers, 35 x 26,5 cm

Arie Schippers (Rotterdam, 1952)

Schippers graduated from Rotterdam Academy (1972) and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Schippers has received several prizes and awards such as Prix de Rome for painting and a The Sacha Tanja Medal. Schippers' work can be described as very diverse in character; he is known for his realistic depictions of unpicturesque places and spaces. 
As a Sculptor, Schipper’s work is varied but he is perhaps best known for  “The Long Walk to Freedom” (2012), The Nelson Mandela monument housed in The Hague. As a Painter and sculptor Arie Schippers mixes classical realism with magical, fantasy worlds. 
 
Anne Feddema 42x30 cm

Anne Feddema (Leeuwarden, 1961)

Anne (Hendrik Berend) Feddema is a Frisian poet, writer and visual artist. He completed his postgraduate in 1988 training at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. In the past Feddema's paintings were often expressive, multicolored and layered; his works on canvas and paper are characterized by a sobriety in both color and theme, more recently has also produced work on used industrial packaging. In recent years, Feddema's work has been exhibited in the Fries Museum and the Groninger Museum, among others.
“His latest work looks fresher, more open-minded and more natural than ever. Nothing escapes the intense attention. Everything is poetized. Even a bird whistles silently in these wondrous dream gardens of tangible paint.” - Huub Mous