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Michiel Frielink

"Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes"

Bertolt Brecht

In my paintings, I try to come to terms with the past and present, reducing world-changing events to a scale where they can be more easily comprehended. I invent little stories in order to make the larger framework visible. The audience is invited to think up its own narrative while looking at the work. 

A frozen theatre play emerges which I capture in paint. I research forgotten painting techniques that I re-use in my work. Together with symbolism, myth and legend and art references that can be discovered in my paintings, a new image is created that is rooted in the collective consciousness.


das Milchmädchen

2018,  tempera and oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm

When Life Doesn’t Look Like What You Imagined

2018,  tempera and oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm

die Auserwählten

2017,  tempera and oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm



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