Elvira van Bochove

ELVIRA VAN BOCHOVE  Artist

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Painting

The blue sky

Here is the world as we want to see it, pleasant and beautiful. Everything is good, the air is clear, the water is fresh and there is yellow-golden sunlight. But, below the surface is that which we would rather not see. The being in the water is asphyxiated.

Swimming and hunting, like sharks with a human body, we come across our own poison.

 

Acrylics are used as matt as possible, without medium, with gesso, zinc- and titaniumwhite. The yellow is partly oilpaint. This makes the sunlight the most intense colour in the painting.

The blue sky 
acrylics & oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
€ 2000,-

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Painting

Cormorant-fish

Part of the project “Every little bird sings as it is prized” from Het Vogelnest (Birdsnest, community initiative) for “400 years Synod of Dordrecht“.

Cormorant-fish, ode to Jacob Cats  
Mural in “Cormorant”street (Aalscholverstraat)
Trimetal Globaxane paint, 1177 x 930  cm

The Cormorant fish is a reference to the emblemata of Jacob Cats. This singing cormorant also has a fish tail, which refers to the ancient ties of the people of Dordrecht with the water.

It makes the tail into a kind of nest, in which the little chicks, drawn by the children of the Bird-district are sitting.

After the start of the Synod of Dordrecht in 1618 a comet was seen in the sky. Poet Jacob Cats (1577-1660) saw in this not an ominous messenger in turbulent times, as was the prevailing view of comets. According to him, it was a divine sign that disputes could be resolved in a new light.

This emblema tells us everyone has a place in a community. We all have a different background, with many similarities.

Chicks made by the neighbourhood kids
WebAsli
WebNada
WebMare
WebJulia
WebJo-enna
WebGeisha
WebFilip
WebCas
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Painting

The Origin – stardust everywhere

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The universe is made of stardust. It fills our oceans with billions of water droplets. This water is life. It connects us with the beginning of time. 

Stardust is the matter that we are. The heart is the immaterial wisdom that we are one.

 

The Origin – stardust everywhere
 
acrylics on wooden bench 90 x 150 cm

This work is one of the artworks in THE HEARTPARADE for the Energy4All foundation, an exhibition to help children with mitochondrial disease. 

The HeArtparade hasbeen on display at art and design fairs in 2018 and 2019,  and resulted in an auction evening in the fall of 2019.

National Artdays, november 2018 Nieuwegein

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Painting

Two golden weeks in Rockanje

The results of breathing space … 

With the easel and cart through the dunes to the beach. After a few meager years I finally went on summer holidays, 
on forty minutes away from my house.
Sunny weather in Rockanje, and also some rain. The sea is almost always quiet. Blue skies, lots of sand and sand-coloured things of course, brown slab at low tide.

Two golden weeks in Rockanje    series
acrylics & goldfinger on canvas, 40 x 40 cm x 8
€ 400,- pp
nr 6 sold

I went to the beach at different moments, early in the morning, evening, afternoon and at night. Several hours of painting before the tide could flush away my stuff and also the view had changed.

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Painting

Floating

The beginning of everything is floating in space, in the ocean, in the womb, in our mother’s arms…
Everything is connected through space and the rhythms of time.

Floating   

acrylics & oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm 
€ 1000,-

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Lemons

Peaceful Unity

Fastfood restaurant “Snackbar Herenstraat” 

The exhibition “Galerie Tuinstaal” took place in the Tuinstaaldistrict in Leiden, (the Netherlands). Artworks were placed at retailers in the highstreet.

Peaceful Unity  

orrery – 9 lemons & mixed media110 cm diameter

“Peaceful unity” consists of 9 lemons that circle around and influence each other and the surroundings. 
The structure of the orrery is as follows:
The center is Optimism. 
In orbit around it are Empathy, Wisdom and Trust.
Communication, Morality, Flexibility, Openness and Generosity form the outer circle.

The work was created in the period just after the attack on Brussels airport. From my personal need to reverse the atmosphere in the world, to soften contradictions, I came up with this orrery in which different lemons work together to create a positive emanation. The destination was the fastfood restaurant, the place everybody from the neighbourhood visits. 

It is a magical instrument for the present time, an additional aid to stimulate harmony between people. It is meant to be used at places where people come together, and peaceful unity would be welcome.

Science shows us that we know almost nothing. Anything might be possible. The timeless desire for more than just measurable life inspires us to experiment outside the areas of traditional science. We want to feel safe and connected, and search for ways to control this. Lemons have been used in ancient times to practice magic. Pegs were pierced, and then the correct spells reinforced it into a lucky charm.

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Painting

Three-riverspoint

Different weather, different light, different movements.  “Drie Rivierenpunt” is a series of 6 paintings of the same spot in the water where the three major rivers Beneden Merwede, Oude Maas and Noord converge, painted at intervals of one week. 

It has sprung from a mountain somewhere in Switzerland, travelled along villages and cities, castles, factories.
This spot has seen flourishing trade, the gallows on the shore, the arrival of the king, the annual fireworks…

This river is always grayish green, with a bit yellow and blue sometimes. I painted it as mat as possible, using tap water and river water, and no other medium to prevent any glossiness.

Three-riverspoint     series

acrylics on canvas, 80 x 80 cm each
€ 800,- pp

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Painting

Riverwater

Special water. It has been flowing for centuries, connecting the history of different era’s. Water, coloured and shaped by time and the weather of that paricular day …

Riverwater 12th august     
acrylics on canvas 80 x 140 cm
€ 1100,