Halfway between painting and digital image making,
Amsterdam based Jean-Baptiste Maitre (FR) explores
new methods for figurative representation.
Images of still lifes and horror scenes inspired by
Dutch paintings as well as 1980s horror movies are
translated into technically ambiguous paintings.
First, a thick white layer of acrylic paint is applied
onto resin-coated paper. The paint is then quickly
manipulated with fast brushstrokes to create the
base of the painting.
In the second phase, Maitre scans and digitally
analyses the visual structure of the brushstrokes.
Using image editing software, colors are carefully
applied and printed onto the painting through inkjet.
The result is a visually contrasted painting that
combines a fast hand-painted image with digitally
precise color printing.
Death Ship Paintings
The exhibition title is inspired by a 1980 movie, The
Death Ship. Its poster is used to produce one
of the paintings exhibited. It also refers to the
technical ambiguity of the paintings and their
They’re like ghostly process
Like they are paintings, and they are not
Like dead and undead
Like in horror tales
Endless Love Contracted/Expanded
The two works Endless Love Contracted/Expanded
are made by using the poster of the 1981 movie
titled Endless Love.
One movie poster is cut into 25 pieces and
expanded evenly on one wall. Another poster is
also cut into 25 pieces and is put back together on
a smaller sized canvas so that it appears contracted.