About Jade van der Mark – We’re All HumanThick coats of oil paint give life to monumental textured canvases, rich in detail and complexity and majestic in size.
The use of bold and abstracted colour palettes conveys a sense of sculptural depth, amplifying their gravitas. As
each layer may take up to a week to dry, van der Mark’s paintings are the result of a laboured process lasting up to
Containing multiple stories, which over the course of completion have been altered or painted over, her works unveil hidden narratives that encourage deeper reflection. Set in decontextualized city spaces, van der Mark’s paintings speak to an overwhelming sense of disconnect that
One of her latest works, We’re All Human, presents a densely populated crowd sprawling across a wide canvas, measuring over four meters in length and almost three in height. What seem like hundreds of city dwellers,
distinguished through lively clothing and colourful faces, move across all directions.
With almost no negative spaces between them, individuals remain fully engrossed in their own worlds, often shielded by phones, headphones and
even pollution masks. A compelling sense of dynamism and unity is constantly undercut by the divisive compactness of the mass.
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