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Erik Mattijssen (1957, Veenendaal, The Netherlands) always works on paper (sometimes directly on the wall) with typical drawing materials such as pastel, pencil and gouache. His subjects are located on the border between fantasy and reality. The interiors still lifes of flowers, plants and garden views look recognizable but something chafes. Mattijssen plays a game with the representation of reality; takes things into his own hands. Color is not used as a reference to reality but as an independent element to create its own reality. Because the artist works layer upon layer, his drawings do not immediately appear to be drawings, but rather paintings. There are no people in Mattijssen's work of; they seem to have just left the scene. The story of these people, however, can still be read in the traces they left behind, filled in by the viewer. (Google translation of http://www.ronlangart.com/styled-32/styled-34/index.html)