Bea van Huijstee (Amsterdam, 1949)
The starting point for Bea van Huijstee's work is man. The works she makes, in addition to the commissioned portraits, are of non-identifiable or recognizable persons. The expression of the mood, the composition or the choice of color is most important here, as the people are located in more or less recognizable spaces. Van Huijstee uses the theater, man / woman, distance / rapprochement as a theme. When working directly on canvas or paper, the image is not yet clearly defined. Working from figuration, color and composition, she paints and changes until the image on the canvas becomes itself and exists. The portrayal (commissioned) starts with making a number of drawings. With those drawings as a study and the person to be portrayed in front of her, she usually paints several portraits in a number of sessions. Bea van Huijstee paints with acrylic and / or oil on canvas. The sizes vary from 20 x 20 cm to 180 x 180 cm with variations on rectangles. Drawing from perception and from memory is important as a study and an independent working method.