José Heerkens, ‘L38. Notation’, 2015, IdeelArt
José Heerkens, ‘L38. Notation’, 2015, IdeelArt

The minimalist work of José Heerkens is usually inspired by nature or architecture.

The Notation series, which she started in 2010, refers to the notation of colours, measures, lines and forms on the canvas, like a musical score.

The silence space of empty linen is therefore important in this painting as it provides rhythm to the music painted by the artist.

About José Heerkens

In each of her minimalist abstract paintings and drawings, José Heerkens carefully lays down nuanced hues that subtly contrast with their white or raw linen backgrounds. “In every painting I search for the balancing dialogue between a line and the movement of color,” she says. The colors fall within meticulously delineated grid systems, though each set of colors does not always follow the same system; the lines seem to push and pull on one another. Heerkens explains that the vertical lines provide structure while the horizontal lines orient the compositions outward, emphasizing both the contained physicality of the painting and the imagined continuation of the lines beyond the canvas.

Dutch, b. 1950, based in Zeeland, Netherlands

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