Christiaan Lieverse is a Dutch painter, since 2008 he has created works as himself and also through a dedicated private workshop Atelier Lieverse.
The works I am focussing on stem from the Atelier Lieverse studio. Lieverse creates large size, monochrome portraits on raw linen. The work is about identity in a globalising world. The paintings show people, mostly women, without a clear background, isolated from their context. The subject is looking for something or someone outside the canvas. The emotion is evident; something has happened or is about to happen, like a movie-still.
Atelier Lieverse website
Christiaan Lieverse website
In the studio Lieverse starts with a picture printed onto linen and then adds layers of paint and materials to create transparency, colour-depth and texture. The studio creates around 25 of each edition and 5 special blue editions which feature a blue motif such as butterflies, although each starts at the same point they are all slightly different, with their own characters, each unique in their own way.
I have had a copy of one of these images as my background screen on my phone for around a year now. I think they are wonderfully expressive, and beautiful. The studio have managed to build a connection between the subject and viewer.