Herbert Hermans

It's not too late

Material: Oil on linen
Size: 80 x 60 cm

This painting shows the interior of the Gouwekerk in Gouda. A number of figures can be seen in the painting. Behind the altar in the choir is a priest who wants to hold a running boy in his arms. To the left are two clerics who watch the scene whose judge is to represent the controversial American Cardinal Bernard Law. He was one of the main characters in the extensive abuse case within the Roman Catholic Church. The title of the painting 'It's not too late' refers to the two rescuers who try to save the child from the background.
Background I was born in Voorburg (1947) and live in Rotterdam. My interest in drawing and painting started at secondary school in Tilburg. I took drawing lessons there from a well-known painter, Jan Asselbergs. I actually wanted to become an architect myself. Instead, I went to study law. Nevertheless, my interest in (spatial) drawing and painting remained and since the end of the eighties I have picked up that thread again carefully, in addition to my work. I took painting lessons at the Stichting Kunstzinnige Vorming in Rotterdam (SKVR) in acrylic, watercolor and oil painting. I started specializing in oil painting. In line with my previous interest in architecture, I focused on industrial and cultural heritage. An inexhaustible theme. In my work I have been influenced by artists such as Pieter Saenredam, M.C. Esscher and Hopper and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. I have been making my oil paintings since 2013 in my studio at Vest 69 in Gouda. The source of inspiration for my paintings are abandoned and often dilapidated industrial buildings, which I usually capture just before demolition or renovation through sketches and photos. In addition to industrial heritage, I also paint cultural heritage: well-maintained or restored buildings with a cultural value. I want to make my paintings a special experience through the use of color and light. Dark desolation has to make way for light and warmth. I regularly add characters to the heritage that give the image a different or extra meaning. Some paintings contain a "hidden message" or a reference When creating my paintings I draw the basic pattern of the buildings and monuments based on previously taken photos and usually sketch directly on the canvas. I often use acrylic paint as a base coat. For the details I apply acrylic modeling paste and sometimes gold foil or parchment paper. I paint the top layers with oil paint and to get a depth effect the painting is often made up of different layers of glaze.

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