Art by Rik Lina (b. 1942)


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address:   Rozengracht 92
1016NG Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Orange Oracle" (2009)

the evolution of a large surrealist canvas -- notes by the artist:

stage 1: Sketch
automatic sketch in charcoal on the raw (unprepared) canvas ("cotton duck").
stage 2-3: GRISSAILLE
random forms are introduced and fixed by indian ink with a mouth-spay:
All kinds of stencils are used, also pieces of wood, studio-instruments and materials (note the machete in the left part of the painting, which I use for cutting large sheets of paper).
stage 2-3: GRISSAILLE
First touches of white with acrylic paint.
stage 4-5: DRAWING
Automatic lines, rubbings, blots, planes, etc., in pure pigments ("colour-pastel-crayons"), fixed with transparent acrylic medium ("poly-vinyl-acetate").
stage 6-7: PAINTING
Continuing and finishing the next stadia of the work with the pastel-pigments, indian ink and acrylic paint.

Orange Oracle (2009)
mixed media on canvas     195 x 405 cm.

Orange Oracle (2009)

This painting was composed by the alternate use of well considered
and/or automatic introduction of spacial ideas.
My connection with the works of Roberto Matta is situated in this painting-process.
Like him, my only goal is the discovery of new worlds in painting.

-- RIK LINA, Amsterdam 2009.

details from Orange Oracle:

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more art by Rik Lina:

Ardent Foam 1

"Ardent Foam 1", 1976
graphite on paper   73 x 102 cm.

Ardent Foam 2

"Ardent Foam 2", 1976
pastels on paper   71 x 99 cm.

The Kiss

"The Kiss", 1976
pastels on paper   73 x 102 cm.

Heart Source

"Heart Source", 1977
tempera and oil on linen   110 x 140 cm.

Splashing Space

"Splashing Space", 1985
ink-acrylic on paper   140 x 300 cm.

Aladin's Room (Homage to Matta)

"Aladin's Room (Homage to Matta)", 1986
acrylic and oil on paper   140 x 185 cm.

Angel Falls

"Angel Falls", 1993
acrylics on paper   140 x 380 cm.


"Warengin", 1993
acrylic/sand on paper   185 x 140 cm.

Secret Language

"Secret Language", 1993
oil on linen   140 x 185 cm.

City Jungle

"City Jungle", 1993
collage-acrylics on paper   140 x 185 cm.

Serpent Sun - Triptych

"Serpent Sun - Triptych", 1994
tempera and oil on linen   190 x 520 cm.

Jungle Fever

"Jungle Fever", 1995
oil on linen   140 x 115 cm.


"Tropism", 2000
acrylic on canvas   140 x 185 cm.

click images to enlarge:
The Elephant of Sulawesi Rik Lina with painting

"The Elephant of Sulawesi" (Hommage to Max Ernst), 2001
acrylic on canvas   180 x 150 cm.

Medusa Planet

"Medusa Planet", 2001
acrylic on paper   140 x 185 cm.

Jungle Rapids

"Jungle Rapids", 2002
oil on linen   160 x 100 cm.

Rik Lina with Fishing Grounds

Rik Lina with "Fishing Grounds" (2003)


"Penetration", 2004

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