Local artists' show combines street and abstract
It will be colourful, attractive and intense.
That’s how two local artists are describing their upcoming show in Calgary next month.
“We are two Airdrie artists creating on the edge,” said Koos de Jongh of the work he will showcase with fellow artist Zachary Abbott.
Abbott and de Jongh said they met through the Airdrie art scene, explaining during ARTember last year, they started working together on a piece.
“It exposes both our styles,” said de Jongh, who is an abstract artist. Abbot is a mixed media artist, focused on street art.
De Jong used the colour orange and hard lines, before Abbot took over and added some purple and curled lines.
“We were just so inspired,” said Abbott of working together. He said originally the idea was to do half of the piece each but they ended up working over and under each other’s work. “It’s really a combined piece.”
The second piece they worked on together demonstrates that even more. Abbott started to work on the canvas and de Jongh found himself inspired to add to the piece, but realized he would have to paint over some of Abbott’s work.
“I just said, ‘if you’re inspired, go for it,’” said Abbot.
What ended up turning out was layers of artwork where de Jong ended up providing the street art and Abbott, the abstract.
“We really reversed roles on this one,” said Abbott.
While they created two pieces together, both artists also created all new pieces for the upcoming show, dubbed CrossRoads.
“The room is 70 feet long and we intend to fill it,” said de Jongh. The work is presented using a variety of mediums on steel and canvas.
“We are really excited about this, We think it is so amazing,” he added.
The show will run March 5 to 30 with an opening reception March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Endeavor Arts Gallery located at 1201 1 Street SW, Calgary.
De Jong is a self-taught artist from the Netherlands, now residing in Airdrie. He’s said he has been in love with art for the last 40 years, and started working as a professional artist four years ago. Most of his paintings are on canvas using acrylics and mixed mediums. His paintings are abstract and vibrant with extensive use of colour.
Abbot said he has been drawing ever since he could hold a pen, and combines fine art with hand-styles and uses aerosol and acrylic. He said he is most interested in fringe art, screen printing and print media.
De Jong said he is inspired by Andy Warhol and said some of that inspiration can be seen in a few of his paintings. Abbott said he is inspired by local artists and both Airdrie artists agree they bring out the best in each other.
“I cannot imagine we won’t go on working together,” said de Jong.