Bas van den Hurk works with silkscreen, oil paint, and pigment powder on silk to create his multifaceted abstract paintings. The paintings address the nature of their own creation, straddling the line between individuality and referentiality. As a means of expression, abstraction can often seem very far removed from the everyday. Yet van den Hurk relies on abstraction to demonstrate the inverse – to show that any work of art, figurative or abstract, is inevitably referential at the same time that it is unique. In his most recent series of paintings for example, van den Hurk has silkscreened patterns fragmenting an image of Lizica Codreau wearing the Pierrot-Éclair costume from Rene Le Somptier’s 1926 film, Le P’tit Parigot. In the artist’s work, the image is rendered utterly irreconcilable from the original source, yet that does not negate the appropriative act. Instead, van den Hurk’s paintings present appropriation as inherent to any process of creation, and a work of art as liminal object with external and internal foundations.
Bas van den Hurk lives and works in Tilburg, Netherlands. He has exhibited his work internationally with recent solo exhibitions at Rod Barton Gallery (London), La Brea (Los Angeles), Jerome Pauchant (Paris), and Zinger Presents (Amsterdam), as well as in group shows at Halsey McKay (East Hampton, NY), Hopstreet Gallery (Brussels), Temporary Gallery (Cologne)and at Autocenter (Berlin), among many others. The artist and his work have been featured in Artforum, Mousse Magazine, and Dazed Digital, among others.