The Netherlands (1962)
Paul Smulders is a painter through and through. He has chosen the painting process as the theme of his work. There is no preconceived plan. Instead, he lets his artist’s materials lead him where they want to go. He employs various types of paints, inks and varnish, allowing them to interact in a sort of alchemy. The colours are left to mix freely resulting in something the painter himself initiated but which largely takes place in an unpredictable manner.
The main theme of his works consists of motifs from the natural environment. You could say about Smulders’ paintings: “They are nature’s fabric, having the unity you would expect from nature”. The struggle between image and material, and between structure and chaos is palpable when you look at his work. He wants the image to become paint and paint to become the image.