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Tronje Thole van Ellen


 

PAINTER

2020


too much
FUTURE

“The mouth is so full that one can no longer swallow."

Direct images of van Ellen's perception of our society meet in his works on dark backgrounds as flesh-coloured non-narrations of living beings. Clear figures appear repeatedly in between, some of which bring with them a defiant bluntness - as we know it only too well from everyday life.

Like impressive, fleeting observations, objects and themes appear and disappear again  immediately.  On  top  of  this  dancing  loose  strokes,  childlike  and  freely guided, leading nowhere. And spaces that add up only from the unconstructed events. A single poetic jumble of current socio-critical themes angrily, almost melodramatically, creates the most honest chaos possible. The chaos before and during the pandemic. As a counterbalance to all the abundance and almost painful distraction, the colour white is used again and again. At most, it expresses a quiet desire for clarity, but there is no answer. The artist himself searches exclusively for the most honest starting point. So vehemently that brushes often have to give way to his hands, or that the left, untrained hand takes the lead.

Van  Ellen's  status  quos  string  themselves  together  -  without  resolution.  The  canvases  become invitations to freely take hold of the loose ends of our society and make of them what we want. A dialogue to explore how much meaning lies in the fullness of our chaos. A dialogue that now seems more important than ever before.

Refreshingly honest, Tronje Thole van Ellen complements the art world with his stirring, unpretentious paintings, and invites you to a moment of impetus without judgement.  The Future is waiting for you.

Text: Mona Mandouri, 2020



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“The Horseman of the Apocalypse”
“Der Reiter Der Apokalypse”
2019 - mixed technique on canvas - 290x210cm