me, making art is an important means for self-exploration. It's a way to
find out more about the emotional side of my personality. It's a way to
let out and overcome my deepest emotions. In order to accomplish that,
it's necessary to disable reason as far as possible while creating art
and let emotions rule. Because I'm trying to keep these emotions as pure
as possible, the creation of my artworks is a very fast, high-energy process.
If I continue to work on the same artwork for a longer period, emotions
will change during the process and it will have a negative influence on
the resulting artwork.
You can look at my art as a form of emotional exhibitionism. I want to transfer these emotions to the viewers of my work in a very intense communication.
While my work advanced I developed a set of powerful symbols, a very personal pictorial language. Most of the works contain several 'layers'. The first layer sometimes is a computer print on which the painting is ' built'. The last layer is often the most emotional one: scratches with conté and/or pastel. Some of the layers stay almost completely hidden from the viewer because they get covered up by other layers during the process. And here's the paradox: trying to reveal my inner self vs. hiding behind hidden layers.
One of my viewers (Selby Frame, a writer from the USA) described this very accurately:
"Happened upon CAGE, while browsing...My biggest challenge will be bringing these hidden layers to the surface and come to a higher level of purity and simplicity.
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design and production of Internet sites, such as
participation in many international art projects and collectives, such as
member of the jury for the Eventa-3 International Art Exhibition, Uppsala, Sweden
publication of the "Golden Promises"
painting on the back cover of the Dutch Readers Digest magazine (July
r e c e n t e x h i b i t i o n s
SolArt Gallery, Seattle, USA
San Francisco, USA
works of Rolf van Gelder can be found
in several private collections in The Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Canada