I don’t know if it’s a ‘Dutch’ thing, or perhaps global; but I was requested to occupy facebook with art. And I didn’t dare to say no to that request. In fact; I really liked the idea, so I gladly joined the ‘facebook art-occupiers’, which sounds more serious than it was, actually.
How did it begin? Well, last month (or should I say; last year, for it was in December,..) the Dutch version of this ‘game’ appeared on my wall. It was a real nice surprise to see paintings from Pia Erlandsson, Annemarie Busschers and Peter Wever. All three of them contemporary, European artists, and all three of them interesting and beautiful. I liked the painting from Pia Erlandsson (a Swedish painter) the best, so I entered the game by liking this painting. (for those of you who don’t have a facebook-account; you are able to click the button ‘like’ if you like something someone posted on facebook :-D)
After liking this painting, my facebook friend, gave me the name of another artist: Udo Braehler. Now I was supposed to post a painting from Udo Braehler. So I searched on the internet to see what kind of artist he is, and I kinda understood why Udo Braehler was given to me: he creates religious art. And I, Master of religious studies, really love everything which has a connection to religion. But, just like Udo, I like non-religious art as well; so he also creates a great deal of non-religious artworks. In fact, I chose a non-religious artwork, called: After now. I would love to show it to you, but I’m afraid he’s got copyrights on his paintings, so I’ll advise you to visit his website. This is a link directly to the painting I chose. I chose this one for the colors (I like bright colors) and for the display of different techniques. You can see the use of print and paint, but he also works with ink, pencil, photo’s and epoxy. His website unfortunately doesn’t tell what specific kind of techniques were used for this particular painting, but I do like the end result.
Four people liked my post. So I was to give them names of painters, for them to post a painting of. I gave them Yossi Kotler, Steve Hanks, Justyna Kopania and RemziTaşkıran. All of them contemporary artists, who I got familiar with through pinterest. Awesome, right? How social media helps us to discover new art. I think it is.
It was sad though, that only one of the four facebook friends actually posted a work of art on their wall. But then again; even one work of art shared on facebook can make a difference. I bet a lot of people enjoyed the painting by Steve Hanks my friend posted. At least I did.