Dutchman Haagmans is anything but a pure painter. He paints striking, simple images. Using a stencilling technique he creates stylized motifs, often used in repetition, as symbols. His works, rendered in honest enamel paint, often emerge from plain dark recesses consciously opposing the play of light on objects, which has been central to the history of painting. Nonetheless, in spite of his individual Pop vernacular, the works maintain an inherent relationship to his native Netherlands.
His bold still lifes echo the brilliance of the Dutch masters as much as his portraits speak the same language as the grand guildhall paintings of the era. His striking portrait of The Beatles is a perfect answer to Rembrandt's Nightwatchmen.
Born in Schinnan in 1948, Haagmans currently lives and works in Maastricht. Having been championed by the Bonnefantenmuseum there, Haagmans has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, with individual exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland and Galerie Onst in Amsterdam, as well as being selected to participate in Gary Hume's Summer Show at the Royal Academy.
The exhibition incorporates a selection of portraits, still lifes, and other iconographic work referencing modern-life, as well as evoking the spirit of the medieval carnival and Dutch heraldry.
This exhibition is the artist's first solo show in the UK and is accompanied by a full colour catalogue.