Paul van Katwijk – ‘On Return’

Cracked mangled glass windows on an old industrial factory. Quick fluorescent spray marks on the pavement. Neon screaming signage. Layers of accumulated grime. Disjointed brickwork made to half fit.

Taking note of often human made traces, van Katwijk gathers his impressions and instills them in the formation of abstract paintings. These sources are investigated through a trial, error and play with traditional painting materials and colloquial everyday products such as house paints and masking tape. Brewing away, certain elements are honed in on or tweaked, the result being a condensed image of van Katwijk’s own abstract language and his interpretation of the world around him.

Paul van Katwijk (born in Schiedam, the Netherlands 1980) is an abstract painter based in Melbourne. During 2016-2017 he returned to the Netherlands and conducted residency programs at Das Spectrum, Utrecht and Foundation B.a.d., Rotterdam. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Australia and the Netherlands including solo exhibitions at Rubicon ARI, Melbourne (2016), Kings Artist Run, Melbourne (2015), c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford (2014), Trophy Shop Gallery, Preston (2014) and Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood (2013).

Exhibition details:
Opening Wed November 22nd – 6-9pm
continues to December 9th

Five Walls (Gallery 1)
Suite 3, level 1
119 Hopkins St, Footscray
open wed-sat 12-5pm