Hans de Wit

De Wit’s drawings show an imaginative world which seems to be hidden behind our common visible one, another dimension so to speak. The background is always a screen negative, a sort of aide on which he draws spectacular architectural blue-prints, organic meandering tree-branches, the odd sphere and rudimentary sketched animals and humanoids in an accurate, technological style. One such drawing takes a month to be produced and that shows. The meaning of these horn of plenty-like drawings remains an enigma. They remind us of dream-images, subconscious figments of a tormented imagination rid of all innocence and quite unnerving. These compositions in which all kinds of things are suspended in mid-air or seemingly floating at zero-gravity echo the works of the surrealists and those of Max Ernst in particular. They are in no way naïve or fairy-tale like fantasy-worlds. Sooner these complex-looking Visions bring the Apocalypse to mind. This impression is strengthened by intriguing combinations of physical and artificial principles, but alchemy and mysticism also claim their part.

Arjan Reinders – trans Ad van Rijswijk


Ahab, 2009
Pastel and charcoal on paper, 150 x 280cm

» More works by Hans de Wit

Further reading

Hans de Wit biography

World Without End review - Art Papers USA

Interview for Cahier of the Academy Fontys, Tilburg


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