paintings

FRAYED FLAGS



Nowadays a lot of people are waving with flags, a sign of searching for identity and confirming differences between groups of people. The flags of Roes are not recognizable. They are crumpled, damaged, stored away or cut up. Their current function is unclear. Do they still have a purpose? Their representation seems absurd, like props in the wrong place. Unrecognizable symbols with different colors adorn the flags. It could be about past glory and power ... and the influence of time.


THE MOMENT IS YOURS

Images from a bygone era. Family pictures from the old box, found in the attic and stripped of their personal information by the painter by blurring the faces and place of appearance. It is indefinable. The men and women stand still, isolated or in small groups. The moment is there for them. Which moment is of no importance. It is one recording of meaning in their own existence, to look back on, but another spectator finds no meaning or importance in the image processed by the painter. This history has long since passed, all that remains is the small photo, and it will disappear with time. One could experience the emptiness and absence as negative, but that is not the message of the painter. It's just like that. The omission, the void or the lack, can always be found in Roes' work. Blank signposts, frames, placards, books, sheets, hands and glasses ... Empty until you become uncomfortable with it, and begin to desire and search for content or story to be able to orient yourself in this chaos of indefinability. A reference point could provide you with guidance, but the painter ignores that. It is a game. Like chess. You can follow rehearsed centuries-old traditional chess movements, or you can also move more intuitively with the wooden blocks, until an unexpected pattern pops up in your mind, and you suddenly experience beauty, even though there is (at first sight) nothing to see. That is the only form of meaning that Roes seeks while playing in his own work.

the denial

100x100

OIL ON CANVAS

2020

Le jugement

100x80

OIL ON CANVAS

2019

Matisse's misery

360x160

OIL ON CANVAS

2019

the attempt

140x120

OIL ON CANVAS

2019

the safe place

80X60

OIL ON CANVAS

2013

isolation

120x100

OIL ON CANVAS

2020

nature morte

100x80

OIL ON CANVAS 

2018

the attempt (6) (4)

60x80 / 120x160

OIL ON CANVAS

2020

the messenger

80x60

OIL ON CANVAS

2010

the achievement

120x140

OIL ON CANVAS

2010

the gathering

90x70

OIL ON CANVAS

2021

we will follow

100x80

OIL ON CANVAS

2021

angeldust

120x140

oil on canvas

2021

the messenger 7

70x80

OIL ON CANVAS

2012

the attempt (the erotic versions) 2021

KANAAL DESSEL-SCHOTEN

a year of isolation resulted in a series of paintings in various sizes in the cocoon of the studio. The daily bike rides were partly along the canal. The infinity of variations in the perception of the compositions formed by the light with reflections of mainly spheres in the water provided inspiration. It became a collection of painted images on canvas in different sizes. These continued to form new images by hanging next to, below and above each other in the studio. Images from memory and sometimes from photo.

The image of the mirroring produces a different image, of color vibration and deviation, although a remnant of the original image remains tangible. Balance through the verticalism of the trees, but also through a division and demarcation in the canvas by color. Color that changes when crossing a barrier. The assumption of water is evoked by the swirling lines of the brush wet on wet, whereby the oil paint mixes a second time, on the canvas.