Angry Tundra: see first posting March 2008

Monday, June 1, 2009

No More Tigers and The Tiger Returns

oil on linnen 120 X 140 cm

This (not so good) photo of my latest painting is again all about deforestation. During my Google earth explorations of Malaysia I was triggered by a World Wildlife Fund location where research was carried out to see if tigers come back to a sustainably logged piece of forest. The conclusion seems to be that they do. Tigers form the top of the ecological pyramid in these parts, if they don't return you can be shure that the logging is'nt all that sustainable after all. This was good news and I wanted to paint it. However, sustainable logging doesnt look all that spectacular from above. I needed to offset it against the non sustainable kind of logging. There's plenty of that to be found in Malaysia. It looks like the painting below. Large pieces of land are stripped of valuable timber, burnt and bulldozered it in pretty paterns (probable following contours in the land). All ready to plant oil palm trees to supplement our hunger for fuel.

oil on linnen 120 X 140 cm

Exhibition at Kobalt

Gallery Kobalt is situated in the old train station. My friend/ painter Henk van den Gronde and I were there two weeks ago for the opening of an other friend of ours: Fons van der Mullen (see the link to the gallery for his current exhibition) . We thought it might be a good idea to have an exhibition together at Kobalt sometime and asked the owners if they thought so too. A few days later they called us: they needed a stand in for the coming month, were we able to get our stuff togeteher at short notice? Off course we could! So, if you're anywhere near Culemborg , Netherlands, drop by. The opening is on Sunday the 14th of June at 15.00 hours. Easy to find, especially if you come by train. The show will be running till Friday the 10th of July.