Olaf Bisschoff


“There is no such thing as abstract art, or else all art is abstract, which amounts to the same thing. Abstract art no more exists than does curved art yellow art or green art.”
Jean Dubuffet

The paintings are expressions of pure form and colour. The artist attempts homage to modernist abstract painting.
Aspects of some of these artworks are blatantly appropriated- Notably the work of Finnish non-figurative abstraction and the Russian Avant Garde Supremacist movement. This is the fine artist as con-artist.
This series of works is a celebration rather than a statement of the fact that there is ‘nothing new’ to be made art- wise. Well known art work titles are appropriated for the new paintings, giving the exhibition a certain ‘back to school’ flavour. Colour use and a sense of ‘automatic’ composition are at the forefront.
Squarely falling into the ‘mid-century’ modernist revival, these paintings are testing already used images in another painted setting. The works function in an idiom of painting that has been re-hashed before, and certainly will be again.