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Gemma Jonker Village with a Bridge, 2016

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Voorschoten, Netherlands

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  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic, paper

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    27.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Colourful Geometric Village with Bridge Landscape.

    The geometric landscape painting has been described by the art historian Wouter Maas.

    Gemma Jonker - Village with Bridge

    Some small houses are in the distance. Two of them have a red gable roof, one white, the other with soft pink walls and are in harmony with each other. A third building is slight to the right. It has ocher-like walls and a striking blue gabled roof, and it contrasts with the other buildings. The small number of houses indicates that we are far from the city, in the calm, almost still countryside. The windless high trees on the left and the somewhat lower ones on the right of the village also breathe the same tranquillity. The bridge that disappears from the image plane on the right seems to extend far. Its calm reflection in the water exudes the same serenity.

    At the very bottom in the foreground, we see broad leaves with blue veins, through which we look at the landscape. It indicates that the viewer is at a great distance, and thus is observing. The space between the leaves and "our" village is filled with calm areas of colour. A division characterises these planes into fairly straight vertical lines and lazily wavy horizontal lines. It is as if we are looking over fields and meadows over a rolling hilly landscape. Gemme Jonker seems to deny day and night in Dorp met Brug. The relaxed landscape she paints can either be illuminated by the light of a soft sun or bathed by the full moon.

    Gemma Jonker's palette is calm, with striking contrasts. The wide use of blues fills most of the canvas. At the top, dark and lighter shades of blue merge into dreamy waves. In the water on the right side of the land, the water gently ripples, and the glint of light is tenderly displayed—the blue returns in the vast fields, alternated with greens and ochres. Here the artist gives a loosely play of lines and soft transitions so that this largest area of ​​the painting is pleasantly varied. Also, for the brush usage, a great feel of different textures is made. The contrast is formed by the eye-catching houses, of which the red roofs are the most striking. We must not forget these.

    Dorp met Brug falls into the age-old category of landscapes in art history. Gemma Jonker does not allow to name one clear source as inspiration, yet some works can be loosely associated with it. The high horizon, with a lot of attention to the variety of farmland, are reminiscent of the work of Pieter Breugel, the Elder. The waves of the blue sky recall Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night at MoMA in New York. Wringing between the flat falcon and three-dimensionality of the fields is a challenge that has been taken up by several modern artists, of which Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso should certainly be mentioned. The use of acrylic paint, on the other hand, is unique. By using this, all the effects that Gemma Jonker gives are made possible.

    The return to nature, the calm, the honesty of being close to the earth, these are recurring themes. It is not only about art and its history; this applies to anyone who wants to escape the busy life for a while. It is this celebration of nature and the tranquillity of small communities that are displayed. These offer a reflection on the busy life of every day. A piece of peace to be able to look at every day.
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Gemma Jonker

Netherlands Born in: 1950

Gemma Jonker studied art in The Hague and has these past decades exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions. Most notable about her work is how she is always busy creating art. She often paints on location, but also in her studio. Jonker is also always expanding on her technique and she is truly a master of figurative and abstract works. You can recognize her work by her use of lines in continuity with the whole of the composition. We have a selection of her landscapes, but this is the tip of the iceberg of what Jonker can do. If you are interested in more of her works and her career visit her website.

Our absolute favourite of her landscape is Ootmarsun and her Hortus Botanicus diptych is a prize piece out of her oeuvre. 

Gemma Jonker is mainly a painter, that also makes collages, aquarelles and pen drawings.

Her style is an interplay between geometric and organic figurative art. Most art work interplays with something in or outside the art work. A painting with a sculpture, lines of a field with lines of houses, colour with organic compositions.

Colour always interplays with geometric and figurative style in her landscape paintings.

Her style is fresh, colourful and light. There is always a continuous interplay with lines and colour. A connection between composition is always sought in lines or in colour. Organic and geometric composition are brought into harmony.

Gemma studied art at the Koniinklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst (KABK/Royal Acadamy of Visual Arts) in The Hague. With a focus on model drawings, art history and design of fashion and textile patterns.

After her time at the KABK she continued her art studies in the path of the Old Dutch Masters in drawing.

For many years Gemma has painted landscapes and travelled around The Netherlands and Europe for her en plein air  paintings. Often this with a group of other artists, especially when travelling to Germany or France.

Art means everything to Gemma, “I could not fathom a life without the fascination and wonder for the arts. Most of my time is spent painting, alone or with others. I am constantly visiting exhibitions and meeting other artists. I also love the theatre, especially ballet." Art is as she lives and breathes.

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