Riky van Deursen (1962), Dutch-based, self-taught, living in Amsterdam.
Painting for me is a journey in which my feelings and the exploration of various techniques are the key elements.
My colorful abstract works are showing my love for nature, flowers, trees, and all their beautiful colors. I enjoy nature on my daily walks in the parks, I look at the shapes, the colors and then I translate the images in my mind and feeling connected to that image to the canvas in my own style.
Besides painting, I developed a passion for photography, which teaches me
to look consciously at things on my walks.
Hey Riky! Tell us a bit more about yourself and your art.
Riky: I am Riky van Deursen, dutch artist living in Amsterdam. My art is all about expressing my love for nature, flowers, trees, the colors, and the happiness I feel when I am in nature. If someone, that isn’t very familiar with art asks.
How would you describe your art to people?
Riky: My art is happy, colorful abstract art. It makes me happy to create the artworks and I love to bring my
happiness to people through my paintings.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Riky: The most challenging part of my artistic process is when I get stuck in a painting. And I do regularly ��
Then I stop painting, put the painting aside, and leave it for a while. I go out for a walk and when I come back I take another look at it. Sometimes I leave it for a few days and then study the painting to find out what I like and what I don’t like about the painting. Another way to get unstuck is to work on several pieces at the same time, if I get stuck on one painting, I leave it and work on the next and the next and finally come back to the first one. Often I find a way to move on while painting on other pieces.
You say your colorful abstract works are showing your love for nature, flowers, trees, and all their beautiful colors. Do you have a real- live situation inspired by your art that you’d like to share with us?
Riky: I have almost every day real-life situations that inspire me. Especially since the pandemic, I go out every morning for my daily walks. I am happy to live in an area with a few beautiful parks, trees, and flowers. It is a very green area and also I love my garden full of blooming flowers. On my daily walks, I take pictures with my iPhone of trees, flowers, and beautiful color combinations. Back home I sometimes use these pictures as a reference, I translate the happiness I feel being in nature to the canvas or paper.
How has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Riky: My style has changed in many ways, I followed some online workshops and practice a lot. By practicing
you learn a lot of what suits you or what doesn’t. I create more in layers and depth now and I use more different art supplies than only paint.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Riky: My most recent piece of art are actually two pieces I loved working on. They are titled Harmony 1 and Harmony 2. They go together well but also stand on their own. I created two small pieces on paper and I was pretty happy with the result how they turned out to be. So then I decided to create two larger pieces in this style and in this color palette on canvas. And I am very happy with the results on the canvas.
You also have a passion for photography. Tell us more about that, and could we expect you to get more into this form of art in the future?
Riky: Photography has always been important, I love taking pictures in nature, but also of the city of Amsterdam, where I live. There are always funny, beautiful, happy things to see and to capture. And I can’t help but see a lot when I am out on my walk, I just have an eye for these things. The photos I take in nature are mostly used as a reference for my creations. So photography is and will always be a part of my life, but not supposed to be developed as artwork. Painting is my passion nr.1.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Riky: I get a lot of beautiful responses to my artwork, but there are a few that have made me very happy lately.
In January 2021 I had an art exhibition in a hospital in the neighborhood. As I was hanging the paintings on the wall, I heard some hospital staff saying to each other: “Oh wow look at these, that’s making me very happy”. In these hard times for all those people who work so hard in the hospital that was a super great response and already made the exhibition successful and worthwhile.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Riky: At the moment I have an art exhibition in Amsterdam in a nursery home, which I really love doing. The exhibition is running till October 10. During this exhibition I will have an interactive session with a group of people who are living there, I will tell them something about my art, the process and they can ask questions. I really enjoy giving them all a small painting on paper at the end of the session.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Riky: The next exhibition is not planned yet. But I am working on some nice projects, at the moment I am working on a collection of small paintings on paper which will be launched in October. Also, I am working on ideas for future collections, making notes in my art notebook, coloring in my sketchbook to try new things. So always busy and excited to create colorful art to bring happiness and joy to the world.