100 x 80 cm | 39 x 31 in
Original painting in mixed media on canvas.
"I used watercolours, inks and charcoal on a canvas made by myself and prepared with watercolour primer. I prefer to prepare the canvas myself as I see it as part of the artwork. I feel more connected to the act of painting and to the subject I am portraying."
Sonja de Graaf’s paintings swell with bella figura; aesthetic forms and dancing gestures celebrate youth, beauty and energy. Photographic sources become animated by paint and flavoursome textures are re-rendered with broad sweeps of colour.
De Graaf’s zest for life is evident in her painting. This Dutch artist honed her skills at LABA Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, and then as assistant to the renowned installation artist, Vittorio Corsini.