theo overgaauw

The following works explore the themes of religion and the complexities of belief and the relation between men and women.
theo overgaauw, Red Rider, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2023
Black Rider - 20237 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -150 x 200 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
"Black Rider", one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the third one to appear, is traditionally associated with famine and scarcity and is normally portrayed as a skeletal being. The center of attention is undoubtedly the Black Rider herself, depicted as an obese woman draped in vibrant red attire that commands the eye. (more)
Theo Overgaauw-Red Rider-acrylic and oilpaint on linen 190x 150 cm-2023
Red Rider - 20236 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -190 x 150 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
"Red Rider", one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the second to emerge, is a satirical painting that reinterprets the figure of the Red Rider, traditionally associated with the apocalyptic imagery of Civil war and religious conflict. At the center of the painting stands a reddish Centaur, a mythical creature blending the forms of man and horse. (more)
Theo Overgaauw-O Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo?-acrylic and oilpaint on linen 120x 95 cm-2023
O Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo? - 20235 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120x 95 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
" O Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo?", presents a satirical portrayal of a once-youthful and romantic Romeo who has undergone a transformation due to the passage of time and the rigours of married life. It playfully explores the theme of men who have embraced a more relaxed and indulgent lifestyle after settling into long-term relationships. (more)
Theo Overgaauw-White Rider-acrylic and oilpaint on linen 150x 200 cm-2023
White Rider - 202304 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -150 x 200 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
"White Rider" is one of the horsemen of the apocalypse, the first one to appear, also known as Christ or the anti-Christ. At the center of the painting is a male figure donned in a knight's helmet with crownlike adornment, seated backward on a horse. The horse itself faces left, defying the expected orientation. (more)
theo overgaauw, Onward, Christian Soldiers, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2023
Onward Christian Soldiers - 202303 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -200 x 150 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
“Onward Christian Soldiers" explores themes of religion, satire, and the complexities of belief. At first glance, it presents a male figure, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this artwork is a commentary on Christian religion and its followers. (more)
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theo overgaauw, you know you want to, 2023, acrylic and oil paint on linen.
You know you want to! - 202301 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2023 Signed on the reverse
The painting “You know you want to!," originates from a real-life murder that occurred in the 1970s. It is also a book and a movie with the title "Looking for Mr. Goodbar".
In the center of the canvas, a young male figure takes the spotlight. His face is partially obscured by a handkerchief, revealing only his expressive eyes and a subtle, enigmatic smile painted on the fabric. (more)
2022
theo overgaauw, the Fan, 2022, acrylic and oil paint on linen, 120 x 95 cm
The Fan - 202211 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
“The Fan,” is a playful reinterpretation of Rembrandt's iconic painting, "The Standard Bearer." In this irreverent adaptation the original masterpiece is infused with humor, subversion, and a touch of irreverence, all while paying homage to the artistic legacy of Rembrandt. (more)
theo overgaauw, Adam and eve, some time after eden, 2022, acrylic and oil paint on linen, 200x 180 cm
Adam & Eve, some time after Eden.- 202211 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen - 205 x 180 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
"Adam and Eve, some time after Eden", crafts a cheeky and irreverent portrayal of the iconic biblical couple, long after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This painting explores the complexities of a relationship that has evolved over time, with Eve attempting to rekindle their passion while Adam seems disinterested and absorbed in his reading actually hiding behind his newspaper. (more)
theo overgaauw, pale rider, 2022, acrylic and oil paint on linen, 180 x 200 cm
Pale Rider - 202210 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -180 x 200 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
"Pale Rider", one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the last one to appear, embodying the concept of Death itself. The painting delves into the multifaceted nature of this legendary entity, drawing inspiration from both biblical mythology and the iconic Clint Eastwood film "Pale Rider." It melds elements from the realm of cinematic culture, religious symbolism, and Halloween festivities to create a thought-provoking and cheeky commentary on the concept of mortality and Religion. (more)
theo overgaauw, Adam, a man a beard, abeard a Man, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2022
Adam, a man a beard, a beard a Man. - 202209 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
"Adam, a man a beard, a beard a Man", delves into the intricate interplay between gender identity, societal expectations, and religious symbolism. It captures the essence of a modern phenomenon—the notion that possessing a beard equates to embodying manliness, echoing age-old beliefs intertwined with contemporary trends. (more)
theo overgaauw, Adam, bad apple, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2022
Adam, bad apple! - 202208 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
"Adam,bad apple", a satirical painting. At the center of the painting stands Adam, a naked male figure, wearing only a pair of Converse basketball shoes. These shoes, typically symbolic of athleticism and movement, now serve as a stark contrast to Adam's inability to fly with the skin-like wings that emerge from his shoulder blades. (more)
theo overgaauw, Eve, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2022
Eve - 202207 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
"Eve", reimagined, is a painting that challenges traditional religious narratives by repositioning Eve, the iconic biblical figure, within the context of the contemporary world. At the center of the canvas stands Eve, unapologetically modernised and empowered. She defies conventional depictions of her character by wearing sleek, form-fitting pants that resonate with today's fashion sensibilities. (more)
theo overgaauw, Adam, acrylic, oil paint, linen, 2022
Adam - 202206 - Acrylic and oil paint on linen -120 x 95 cm - 2022 Signed on the reverse
The painting “Adam”, reimagines the iconic figure of Adam, the first man, in a contemporary and irreverent light. I present Adam as if he were a modern-day individual, dressed in familiar sneakers and distressed jeans, subtly reflecting the cultural aesthetics of today. The deliberate choice to portray Adam with broad shoulders, indicative of a gym enthusiast, adds a touch of modern physicality to the age-old archetype. (more)

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