The works of Dutch artist Ton Dubbeldam approach reality and reach for abstraction. His subject matter varies from high society and city life to coastal scenes and elysian fields. Wherever his paintings go, Dubbeldam guides the viewer along their journey.
Dubbeldam’s paintings effortlessly combine realism, impressionism, pointillism, luminism, and futurism. By not adhering to a specific school, Dubbeldam is free to experiment with form, color, and light. Playful reflections transform the evening light into a colorful spectacle.
On every work by Dubbeldam, atop the uniformly colored panels, rests the artist’s most important technique — colorful dots and stains. His work, influenced by Gustav Klimt and the nineteenth-century pointillists, is highly decorative. While Dubbeldam’s subject matter may be a tree trunk or boat hull, it is the dots and stains that command the viewer’s attention. Take away the trunk and you’re still left with a work of art.
Another way to abstraction leads through the artist’s eye for composition. Take, for instance, the depiction of a birch forest, shrouded in colorful leaves. Now remove the leaves and strip the painting of all the figurative details. What remains is the strong horizontal line of the high horizon, balanced by the forceful vertical lines of the tree trunks. The clear compositions in Dubbeldam’s paintings are just as beautiful as the figurative scenes that accompany them.
Ton Dubbeldam walks a fine line between figuration and abstraction. His contemporary and unique way of working has become his trademark. The experience of the artist’s 30-year journey through style and technique lends his European themes a universal appeal. This has resulted in a rising popularity in his own country and abroad, specifically in the United States.