THE SOUL OF NATURE
BEHIND THE MIST
DISCOVER JOHAN ABELING
The paintings of Johan Abeling (1953) are characterized by the mysterious atmosphere they emit. The total abandonment that emanates from his paintings, creating an unreal atmosphere. He prefers to paint the expansive northern Dutch landscape in which he places displaced-looking villas, gateways and border posts.
He is fascinated by the emptiness and the silence of the northern landscapes and he tries with the least resources to create maximum atmosphere. All the elements he uses are borrowed from reality, but not in the combination displayed on his paintings. In this way he creates his own world, which only exists in his imagination. He himself recounts: "It's the atmosphere, the feelings evoked, playing with composition and light. My paintings are like personalities, each with a personal story and emotion." You might also see his paintings as a haven in today's busy society, as a moment to come back to yourself.
Johan Abeling is a master in the use of sfumato, a technique with which diffused and filtered light is created. By painting in multiple transparent layers the forms become faded and contours are smoothed. This technique was first used by Leonardo da Vinci and increases the mysterious effect in paintings. In his own words: "The light that I paint is as volatile as the moods I observe with. The landscape is for me as an ideal of an intact world which is being professed in words, but is rarely seen."< br>
Johan Abeling studied at the Minerva Academy in Groningen, The Netherlands.