This Fall, the leaves in Oregon have been full of riotous color, bursting forth in celebration of the last days of sunshine and warmth. But to find happy energy in the long, grey days of winter, one only need look as far as Dutch painter Guus Kemp’s work.
Thick bursts of glossy paint almost leap of the canvas, like fireworks in the sky. This is an artist using the properties of paint– its colors, texture and sheen to bring joy to the viewer. The works elicit emotion, excitement and energy.
A Dutch-born artist, now a resident of Houston, Kemp began working with oils in 2008, opening up a whole new means of expression. According to the artist, “My paintings are a reflection of who I am . . . an extrovert who takes life by the horns!”
Indeed, these large scale, intensely hued works are no shrinking violets. These are pieces that demand your attention. And once they get it, you can’t help but be happy and energized.
Featured image is Carpe Diem, oil on canvas, 48×48. All images are via the artist’s website.