At the opening of Rinus Van de Velde’s exhibit at Patrick Painters Gallery at Bergamot Station, I was caught off guard by the impact his large, detailed, charcoal drawings had on me immediately.
He is a fan of the pictorial age and loves all visuals. As he digs through the archives of magazines, biographies, art catalogs and even the Internet, he loves to tear out the images that move him where he pins them onto the wall of his studio in Antwerp.
Rinus has produced a musician he calls Conrad and in his drawings Rinius is searching for him. I wasn’t sure if the portraits were self-portraits or fiction but I suppose it doesn’t matter.