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Gijs Frieling • Vernacular Painting

Out of print

  • A publication filled with exuberant paintings; an ‘exotic’ world by Gijs Frieling
  • Award Dutch Best Book Designs 2009

Author: Ruth Noack
Contributors: Gijs Frieling, Job Wouters
Design: Job Wouters

2009, Valiz | supported by Cobra Kunstprijs Amstelveen 2009, The Netherlands Foundation of Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) | sewn paperback| 80 pp. | 29,5 x 21 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-37-0

In the last few years Gijs Frieling has occupied a unique position in the world of painting. Frieling is inspired by different sources, among them folk art and Christian iconography. He tries to combine the things he loves into a grand unity and this evokes a feeling of inexhaustibility. As Frieling explains: 'My work is an attempt to present the development of painting as an entity in which the differences between fine art, folk art, religious painting, 'high art' and the avant-garde are merely contextual. Painting is visual knowledge, and at the same time an accumulation of actions. I want to give these reflective and performative aspects an equal place.' Vernacular Painting presents large mural paintings from the last fifteen years by Gijs Frieling (Amsterdam, 1966), together with a number of small paintings, pieces of embroidery and objects. The typography was drawn especially for the book by Job Wouters.