René Daniëls

Helen van der Meij Gallery

In René Daniëls’ enigmatic canvas Pass in Review, two figures are engaged in an obscure conversation. The male, who carries a sort of funnel on his head, is attached by the back to an umbilical-type cord which is being sliced through by a giant pair of scissors. This can be interpreted as an apt summary of Daniëls’ mentality: let the past pass in review, but prepare for a new start.

Daniëls has been relinquishing the luxurious use of paint that involved his earlier work in a whirl of exuberant action. While he has been applying his brilliant colors more sparingly for some time, they are now even more restrained, more finely nuanced. A painting titled Alone At Last, of a woman in a bed blissfully bobbing in the sea, is quite a contrast with the purply rats of the series “From London to Ghent,” which Daniëls showed at Westkunst last year and which describes a passage through a dark underworld.

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