looking for the first time at Walter van Oel’s work
experiences a sensorial shock given by the extraordinary
colors. There is no escaping the fascination.
He takes the use of color to a new dimension, both
intrinsically by inventing new tones and extrinsically as
the beholder changes position variations of light multiply
the color effects.
Walter van Oel’s most recent series of paintings go
beyond the traditional opposition of figuration and
abstraction. It is a dialectic of these two opposites.
Depending on the reflecting light and the beholders
position, his work can be percieved as purely ‘abstract
minimalistic’ or as ‘figurative’, like the iconic silhouette
of Marlyn Monroe or a Picasso simulacrum appearing in
the background. As if the tangible fuses the intangible in
the great cosmic whirling of things.
Jan van der Togt Museum, Amstelveen
Asean Art Awards, Philip Morris, Bali
ARMA Museum, Bali
Museum National, Jakarta
Gold Medal for his complete ‘ouvre’ from
the City of Paris, France,’Membre Honoraire du
Centre Artistique et Culturel des Halles’
Bronze Medal from the Académie Internationale
de Lutece in Paris, France