Carla Raadsveld – born in Rotterdam, living in Ireland.
Educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Art, scholarships in Italy and South
an internationally-selling painter well known in the “old” economy, I am trying
to adjust to today's "digital" economy.
work has changed over the years, but long-time clients tell me that whatever I
paint, they always recognise my hand. I prep my canvases with a skin and then
paint them black. The contour lines are not drawn or painted, they are the
unpainted black background. I paint whites over black, a time-consuming
painting itself is very important to me: the build-up and composition on a
canvas – smoothly painted, with a rougher brushstroke, or both. I like to
combine both textures in one canvas. A gallery called the theme of my recent
work “contentment with a smile”.
the last decade, many graphic art techniques like silkscreen, etching, stone
litho, etc. have disappeared from the mainstream market, replaced by giclee
prints. I now strive to bridge the gap between giclee prints and originals with
small mixed media multiples on canvas, half-printed, half-painted. There is nothing
like the colour of real paint. I aim – as always – to keep improving.