Solo-exhibition Rinaldo Klas: ‘De taal van mijn penseel’
‘De taal van mijn penseel’ (the language of my paintbrush) the title chosen by artist Rinaldo Klas for the exhibition of his new art collection, basically says it all. Without limitations and giving free reign to his creativity, the artist has allowed his paintbrush to ‘speak’ for him.
Particularly noticeable in this exhibition are the large and smaller canvases in which the characteristic ‘Klas-symbolism’ and striking use of color clearly stand out. These familiar elements such as the sun, the leaf and overlapping human- and animal compositions, highly characteristic for the art by Rinaldo Klas, are supplemented by more realistic figures. In this exhibition the rendition of humans in the paintings of Klas is not limited to abstract profiles, but realistically portrayed people from different cultural backgrounds play an important role as well. The message however remains the same. By way of positive symbolism and a bright, cheerful color pallette the artist refers to the rich natural and cultural heritage of his beautiful country and stresses the urgent need for a harmonious and respectful relationship between man and nature.
Free flowing movements and impulsive splashes in strong, contrasting colors characterize the collection of abstract paintings which show yet another side of the artistry of Rinaldo Klas. The style of the smaller works on paper, in which color and shape sharply stand out against the white background, is not totally new for the artist, but there are some large canvases in a more abstract style. The colors are intense, contrasting and applied to the brightly painted canvas with large flowing movements of the brush and impulsive splashes of paint. “This is my instinctive approach to issues in the World today. Others choose weapons to deal with their emotions, but I use my paint and paintbrush to express myself.” The previously mentioned elements give the impression of conflict and confrontation, a clashing of emotions and ideas. These pieces deal with the Universal theme of problems in society and the related discussions and confrontations. The theme is current and reaches far beyond the borders of Suriname.
A pleasant surprise are the painted chairs which are a playful addition to paintings in this exhibition. In contrast to his paintings, the artist used oils for his artful decorations on the chairs; a necessary departure from his preference for acrylics because of the material of the chairs. The modern colorful chairs form a unique background for the equally colorful illustrations of Rinaldo Klas and are therefore not only unique works of art, but at the same time interesting and functional design elements.
The language of his art
While creating his pieces of art Rinaldo Klas allows his paintbrush to ‘speak’ for him and thus communicates with his public through clear and colorful imagery. He hopes to speak to the imagination of his viewers in a way that will inspire them to pay more attention to what goes on in the world around them. The language of his paintbrush undoubtedly draws attention. Sometimes it is clearly decipherable and in other instances it requires deeper analysis, but the handwriting is always powerful and the message a true reflection of the man himself. Positive, confident and peaceful, with love and respect for man and nature, work by Rinaldo Klas is an affirmation of his affinity for nature and the world around him.
The exhibition is open to the public from June 17th until the 3rd. Opening hours of the Readytex Art Gallery: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 16:30 pm / Saturday 8:30 am - 13:30 pm.