Petra de Vries

Art school
In Petra de Vries' drawings something is brewing under the skin. Her female figures are seemingly esthetic. And even the environments in which she places the female figures are not as lovely as they look at first sight. Keeping up appearances is a common theme in the work of Petra de Vries. The female figures have something unapproachable and mysterious about them. Faces are hidden behind ferns and exotic meat-eating plants, or partially masked by veils of paint. The work is literally and figuratively layered. Various materials are used in layers or mixed. However, the pencil line is always present, giving the work the appearance of a drawing. Petra de Vries, educated in 'Mixed media' at the AKI, Enschede, understands her craft. Some parts are drawn with particular detail, while other parts are only present in the form of a sketch. She understands how to catch the pregnant moment in various colour accents. Her drawings are personal, however, without being autobiographical. With a hint of calamity, eroticism and a little melancholy, they force the onlooker into a deeper consideration. ... (Read more)
Arnhem, NL

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