DISCOUNTED! Silkscreen by Piet Warffemius*, titled 'Bouw in Groei' (39/75) from 2000. Signature: bottom centre. Condition: very neat! dim. incl. Frame (W x H x D) approx. 93 x 3 x 63 cm. We also have 'Stacks' and more Art, (antique) Furniture, Clocks, Statues, etc.: view more advertisements. Purchase/appraisal value €500. Asking price, bidding from €100.
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Petrus Marcelus Maria (Piet) Warffemius* (The Hague, 14 February 1956) completed his education at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague in 1979. Painting department specializing in monumental (wall paintings). A direction that was not popular in the 80s, because conceptual art dominated. After this movement became less important and expressionist painting reappeared, Warffemius went through a stormy career. His paintings are frequently exhibited in galleries and international fairs, including Art Basel.
The work of Warffemius is strongly influenced by the many journeys he has made since 1980. Including Africa and Buddhist Asia. The Himalayas in particular have a great attraction for him. During his wanderings, he comes into contact with tribal art from Africa and Oceania, among other things. He will collect these cultural objects and increasingly influenced his work. He initially translates this world of shapes into energetic colorful paintings and graphics. Since the late 1990s, however, his work has undergone a austerity. In "primitive" art you see that maximum effect is achieved with minimum resources. This strongly influences his view and leads to a stricter and more sober stylization.
During one of his hikes in the Himalayas, he sees sacred trees on their podiums (called chautara) in the Hindu villages.
This creates a new series of paintings, in which the trees take center stage. What you see are very simple stylized trees and trunks with a few branches and sometimes with a single leaf attached. Later he realizes that this fascination is very similar to his childhood experiences. As a child he played a lot in the woods where his parents had a holiday home. The possibility to build and play in the forest in great freedom makes him a great admiration for and connection with nature. The extremely sober stylization of his paintings now opens up the possibility of placing these shapes as signs in the space, like a sculpture. In 2004 he started a large series of steel sculptures. He makes autonomous sculptures in corten steel, stainless steel and bronze, but he is also much in demand for public commissions (see, for example, the red sculpture After a long winter). Since 2005, Warffemius has been a member of the Potsdamer Gruppe, a German-Dutch group of artist friends. They regularly exhibit together. Members include Hubertus von der Golz, Frank Michael Zeidler, Armando and Sjoerd Buisman.
Over the past few years, Warffemius's paintings have become much freer and more open. He breaks free from the strict stylization and paints delicate twigs, stems and mushrooms in thin transparent paint. The recent paintings and drawings are white and full of poetry. In his sculptures he continues to build on the strictly stylized forms from nature. These works are balanced, strong and poetic.