The strenght of watercolours


Watercolour on paper. Where actually represents it? Almost nothing. The watercolour is described as a transparent polychrome water painting, for which very finely and not opaque pigments but preferably plant origin pigments are used. The carrier is almost always free from wood-pulp linen rags paper. Arabic Gum diluted water-paints are created to work with flat and pointed, round brushes or a sponge on the carrier. The Gum is soluble in water and, as a result of that, the painter can correct pretty much throughout the process. However, like all things, this has its limits.

Johan Meeske belongs to the category of spontaneous painters. Painting in watercolour is his definite choice, and he has developed a unique style with it. In his rugged work, he makes the strength of water paint in a wonderful way visible. Johan doesn’t waste time on pre-studies, but rather starts on the spot, instantly capturing what he has chosen. He has even organised his way of life around it. He possesses a camper that always stands ready to leave to the paradise selected previously. His camper is furnished with a sleeping place. In the back, he has large wooden plates with his selected watercolour paper as well as a table, brushes and paint prepared. His watercolour artwork is remarkable, large and in direct and fast-driven handwriting, journeying from an artist who is a translator of the first emotion that comes to mind at the sight of a water flow through the valley, or the end of a coastline.

Air, land and water are the ingredients with which Johan Meeske has already, for a long time, romped on pristine white paper. The first stroke is decisive concerning the subsequent one; where to put what colour or a line, and what has to be kept open and light.

Johan Meeske completed his education at the Academy of Visual Arts Minerva in Groningen.