Work by Kenneth Flijders is bold and expressive. No fine lines or intricate details, but confident and colorful shapes, sweeping strokes of paint and a strong urge to experiment with different materials, are some of the basic characteristics which define the style of the highly varied artistic productions of Kenneth Flijders. With his large, scenic renditions of Surinamese forest landscapes Kenneth Flijders has gained a significant group of admirers who find themselves spellbound by the seemingly simplistic, yet profoundly captivating images he creates on canvas. Earthy hues of acrylic paint, true to the natural surroundings, are applied with bold yet deliberate strokes in order to create scenery which emanates a real sense of peace and restfulness, a tranquility which only nature can inspire…. And then there are works full of color; some of them free and impulsive compositions on canvas, some are abstract monochromatic creations on paper, and then there are the colorful and engaged depictions of typical Surinamese life and culture infused with character and positive vibes. Experiments with natural materials such as mahogany extract, fibers from palm trees, architectural pieces such as old wooden shutters and other miscellaneous materials gathered here and there, attest to the versatility of the artist. This versatility is not limited however to the wide range of materials used, but extends also to the use of different art techniques such as wood sculpturing and numerous printing techniques.
Kenneth Flijders is inspired by anything and everything in his surroundings but his work is particularly influenced by his affinity for nature, history, culture and elements from everyday Surinamese life.
Teacher in the Visual Arts at Nola Hatterman Insitute in Suriname
In 1999, together with 4 colleague painters under the name of "Wan Nyun Mamanten" , Kenneth Flijders created a large group painting which was representative of the rush towards the new millennium at that time. This painting is on display at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Suriname.
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 l'Encadrier Galerie, Cayenne, French Guyana
2011 De verleiding van Coronie, The Hague, the Netherlands
2010 Vredig, Vrij en Vriendelijk, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Kunst is Kracht, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2009 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2009 Inspiration, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2009 Group exhibition IVCC, Paramaribo, Suriname
2008 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2008 Mini Feature, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname