BIO

 

Born May 1964 in Amsterdam, living in Amsterdam and Bangkok

 

“The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy”- Friedrich Nietzsche

A confused- and curious mind has it’s confused- and curious life. I have always been interested in philosophy and psychology. Learning is about making mistakes and analyzing failures of thoughts and actions made by myself and others. One can only know themselves through others. By free will, forced by doing the wrong things and making bad decisions, I have been “privileged” to live in many different societies.

At the end, for me, it’s interesting to see through all the same patterns and phenomena of human behavior in all societies.

This is the reason that two decades ago I extended my interests into art and Buddhism. And eight years ago a took it to the next level by distance myself even further from Western society. Experiencing and therefore knowing that “The best weapon against my enemy drugs is my other enemy; Art”.

Seeking to draw up a code of conduct which would define what it means to be a true follower of my thoughts. Always searching to find a way, or just no way, within multiple choices of rational- and emotional decisions, based on comparison and duality.

Because everything is related to everything. Knowing that every action has it’s reaction, founded on knowledge, experience and perception. This creates a personal truth and someone’s own reality. Therefore I interpret truth as fake.

The absolute- or real truth is something else. It’s a pathless land, and cannot be approached by any way whatsoever. Not by any religion, any philosophy, any political system, any culture, any emotion, nor by any law of aesthetics etc.

“It is the truth of the mind, truth of its activities from moment to moment. If we are aware of this moment-to-moment truth, of this whole process of time, this awareness releases consciousness or that energy to be. As long as the mind uses consciousness as the self-activity, time comes into being with all its miseries, with all its conflicts, with all its mischief’s, its purposive deceptions; and it is only when the mind, understanding this total process, ceases, that love will be. You may call it love or give it some other names; what name you give is of no consequence” – J.Krishnamurti

Art as well has nothing to do with absolute truth or reality, it’s about creating an illusion. Accompanied by an inner conflict about which side of the coin to choose. What is the fashion of the day or going the opposite of that fashion? Influenced by our inner aesthetics and the judgment of the external world. And this is where all the conflict starts. This is what I try to express, not only in a symbolic way, but also in a technical- and expressive way. Something I feel I never really achieved so far. Above all it’s me working on my art, reflecting the world, trying to make a bridge through my mind on to the canvas. Not in Abstract Expressionism, as one should expect, where practically (if I may be so bold) no rules exist, but in a Figurative Expression, tied to certain boundaries. But this is who I am. It’s a total and never ending conflict in all matters.

“The conflict of creating art lies in the conflict of all human matters”- Barro Donker

My intentions and ultimate goal are to paint with intuition, care and carelessness! Finally searching for an expression, which leaves the viewer wondering what it means. In other words, art creates friction and intellectual stimulation.

Besides this I hope to achieve, through my work, that people step above their own brain computer (rusted solid perceptions) and go into a deeper level of observation and awareness. That there is no past, no future. And being more in the moment to be without any perception and judgment.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star” – Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche

After a (autodidactic) study period of over two decades, in which I basically focused my interests on 6 of my absolute favorite painters; Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya and Rembrandt van Rijn, I discovered other painters. Besides my everlasting admiration for “the big 6” I strive for an artistic connection with artists such as Adrian Ghenie, Julien Spanti and Nicola Samori.

Influenced and affected even, not only on a technical – but also on a creative level, I combine my drawing and painting with printing technic (mixed media) that sometimes can lead to my interpretations and/or collages of existing paintings and images.

Painting in any style is not the most difficult part for a painter. It’s mainly following the written rules and knowing some tricks of the trade and training. For me, the most difficulty and at the same time the burning challenge of the whole point is to turn on a more inner sense to come closer to my instinct and intuition. Painting in every sense is the same as life itself, it’s a dual performance, complementary and a challenging conflict to figure it out

As an example, I try to live within the philosophy of Buddhism and on the other side there is sometimes a great deal of tension, aggression, frustration and even ambition. I feel my hang towards expressionism becomes stronger and stronger. I experience that, in the moment of working, the step towards abstractionism goes almost automatically. But the challenge for me is, in all cases, to work and fight it anyway in a figurative direction.

“There is no tension in the painting unless there is a struggle within the object” – Francis Bacon

I feel this is precisely and pure the way I handle the canvas in this moment of time. To paint I learn more about life than reading, thinking or listening and to see through I try to observe with more intensity than the day before.

My current approach to every canvas is with a great deal of risk making chaos, disorder, creating, destroying and re-creating. Than more or less luck and chance will appear in an accidental process, which finally becomes a selective process. It’s not about understanding the painting or to tell a story, the story lies in the lines, rhythms, unexpected rhythms and expression of the paint, but to feel the balance through chaos and read the poetry of the total, hoping through hard work that one day I will get what I saw with no guarantee of success.


BIO

 

Born May 1964 in Amsterdam, living in Amsterdam and Bangkok

 

“The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy”- Friedrich Nietzsche

A confused- and curious mind has it’s confused- and curious life. I have always been interested in philosophy and psychology. Learning is about making mistakes and analyzing failures of thoughts and actions made by myself and others. One can only know themselves through others. By free will, forced by doing the wrong things and making bad decisions, I have been “privileged” to live in many different societies.

At the end, for me, it’s interesting to see through all the same patterns and phenomena of human behavior in all societies.

This is the reason that two decades ago I extended my interests into art and Buddhism. And eight years ago a took it to the next level by distance myself even further from Western society. Experiencing and therefore knowing that “The best weapon against my enemy drugs is my other enemy; Art”.

Seeking to draw up a code of conduct which would define what it means to be a true follower of my thoughts. Always searching to find a way, or just no way, within multiple choices of rational- and emotional decisions, based on comparison and duality.

Because everything is related to everything. Knowing that every action has it’s reaction, founded on knowledge, experience and perception. This creates a personal truth and someone’s own reality. Therefore I interpret truth as fake.

The absolute- or real truth is something else. It’s a pathless land, and cannot be approached by any way whatsoever. Not by any religion, any philosophy, any political system, any culture, any emotion, nor by any law of aesthetics etc.

“It is the truth of the mind, truth of its activities from moment to moment. If we are aware of this moment-to-moment truth, of this whole process of time, this awareness releases consciousness or that energy to be. As long as the mind uses consciousness as the self-activity, time comes into being with all its miseries, with all its conflicts, with all its mischief’s, its purposive deceptions; and it is only when the mind, understanding this total process, ceases, that love will be. You may call it love or give it some other names; what name you give is of no consequence” – J.Krishnamurti

Art as well has nothing to do with absolute truth or reality, it’s about creating an illusion. Accompanied by an inner conflict about which side of the coin to choose. What is the fashion of the day or going the opposite of that fashion? Influenced by our inner aesthetics and the judgment of the external world. And this is where all the conflict starts. This is what I try to express, not only in a symbolic way, but also in a technical- and expressive way. Something I feel I never really achieved so far. Above all it’s me working on my art, reflecting the world, trying to make a bridge through my mind on to the canvas. Not in Abstract Expressionism, as one should expect, where practically (if I may be so bold) no rules exist, but in a Figurative Expression, tied to certain boundaries. But this is who I am. It’s a total and never ending conflict in all matters.

“The conflict of creating art lies in the conflict of all human matters”- Barro Donker

My intentions and ultimate goal are to paint with intuition, care and carelessness! Finally searching for an expression, which leaves the viewer wondering what it means. In other words, art creates friction and intellectual stimulation.

Besides this I hope to achieve, through my work, that people step above their own brain computer (rusted solid perceptions) and go into a deeper level of observation and awareness. That there is no past, no future. And being more in the moment to be without any perception and judgment.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star” – Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche

After a (autodidactic)study period of over two decades, in which I basically focused my interests on 6 of my absolute favorite painters; Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya and Rembrandt van Rijn, fairly recently I discovered other great artists that inspire me a great deal. Besides my everlasting admiration for “the big 6” I strive for an artistic connection with people such as Adrian Ghenie, Julien Spanti, Nicola Samori and Lita Cabellut.

Influenced and affected even, not only on a technical – but also on a creative level, I combine my drawing and painting with printing technic (mixed media) that sometimes can lead to my interpretations and/or collages of existing paintings and images.

Painting in any style is not the most difficult part for a painter. It’s mainly following the written rules and knowing some tricks of the trade and training. For me, the most difficulty and at the same time the burning challenge of the whole point is to turn on a more inner sense to come closer to my instinct and intuition. Painting in every sense is the same as life itself, it’s a dual performance, complementary and a challenging conflict to figure it out

As an example, I try to live within the philosophy of Buddhism and on the other side there is sometimes a great deal of tension, aggression, frustration and even ambition. I feel my hang towards expressionism becomes stronger and stronger. I experience that, in the moment of working, the step towards abstractionism goes almost automatically. But the challenge for me is, in all cases, to work and fight it anyway in a figurative direction.

“There is no tension in the painting unless there is a struggle within the object” – Francis Bacon

I feel this is precisely and pure the way I handle the canvas in this moment of time. To paint I learn more about life than reading, thinking or listening and to see through I try to observe with more intensity than the day before.

My current approach to every canvas is with a great deal of risk making chaos, disorder, creating, destroying and re-creating. Than more or less luck and chance will appear in an accidental process, which finally becomes a selective process. It’s not about understanding the painting or to tell a story, the story lies in the lines, rhythms, unexpected rhythms and expression of the paint, but to feel the balance through chaos and read the poetry of the total, hoping through hard work that one day I will get what I saw with no guarantee of success.

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©2018 Barro.amsterdam. All Rights Reserved.
All content on this website may not be published, broadcast or otherwise redistributed without permission.
All press requests are welcome, please take a look at our dedicated Contact section.