'Toy Car and Banania Tin'

'Toy Car and Banania Tin' by Stefaan Eyckmans

Oil on panel, signed and dated 2008. French handmade wooden Delf frame, black raised panel with gold leaf. 

Unframed: H: 18.25 in W: 15.25 in

Framed: H: 25.625 in W: 22.75 in D: 1.5 in

Sold framed.

Price:  $8,500

Ref: SE 1032

Here, Stefaan creates an allegory of aging France by choosing objects that evoke a strong sentiment of the country’s evolution and placing them chronologically from background to foreground. In spite of the controversial image on the 1930s Banania cocoa tin, the saturated colors and powerful logo make this rare object one of particular interest. The tin partially eclipses a dusty antique wine bottle, while the vintage 1940s Citroen panel car and cat’s eye marble are playful elements representing the constancy of childhood games, and hope for the future. The piece of postcard taped to the bottom reads “Chemin de Fer Paris-Orleans,” an early 20th century advertising piece. A quintessential example of Contemporary Realism, this work is bold in content and context.

This painting is available for viewing at The Elemental Garden, the artist’s exclusive representative and gallery in the U.S.

Stefaan Eyckmans was born in Niel, Belgium, a brickyard village in the shadow of Antwerp. The son of Louis Eyckmans, a painter and commercial artist, Stefaan was introduced to the tools of drawing and painting at an early age.

During his student days, Stefaan was strongly influenced by the Flemish Primitives, the great 17th century still life painters, and the Antwerp hyperrealist movement, led by Willem Dolphyn. Later, Stefaan's work shows the impact of Henk Helmantel's impasto technique and the austere compositions of Giorgio Morandi.

After completing his education as a graphic designer and illustrator, Stefaan worked for a time in advertising, simultaneously concentrating more and more on his painting. He soon discovered that he was forever drawn to the silent world of the studio where patient observation and exacting style allowed him to slowly build his timeless compositions paintings that serve as an antidote to our stressful computer-dominated lifestyles.

After years of experimenting with numerous media and materials, Stefaan developed a tonal technique employed by the Old Masters that incorporates common everyday objects with modern materials and colors, resulting in Contemporary Realism with its roots in 17th and 18th century traditional painting.

The simple objects in Stefaan's paintings are transformed by his masterful technique to show us their unexpected beauty. Essential to this effect is the interaction of light and dark, multi-layering, and glazing. The result is a powerful and beautiful whole, strong and alive, that initially attracts the viewer from a distance through color, composition, and lighting, but which is fully revealed only upon examination of each painting's intimate details.

Stefaan has exhibited at numerous prestigious international venues and his paintings are on permanent display at galleries in the US, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Stefaan's patrons include collectors around the world, from museum CEOs to captains of industry to designers to art-lovers everywhere, each of whom finds unrivaled beauty and peace in his paintings.

More details are available upon request.

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