The Marathon is a double-layer transparent painting on a hardwood frame. The painting is made with oil paint, silver thread embroidery and mother-of-pearl buttons.
On the top layer you see the two fastest female runners in the Amsterdam Marathon. Every year they run past the studio of visual artist Hester van Dapperen. The mix of fragile and industrial materials emphasizes the contrast of the vulnerable creatures running around in the vast industrial urban environment in search of their natural habitat.
Painting of a woman seen from the back, walking in the landscape of Groningen, in the background the gaswinnig near Loppersum, The Netherlands.
The towns and villages in the north of Groningen near the Dutch gas extraction, suffer from an increasing number of earthquakes. The houses and buildings are cracking and falling apart. This painting is made in 2013
This painting ‘Berlin Blues, the Wall' is telling a contemporary story of a walking woman with a child on her arm. Where is she coming from? Did she walk through the wall? The inspiration of this painting is the city of Berlin. Building walls is still an actual theme today. The paintings of Hester van Dapperen often have an underlying current topic. Several aspects can reveal themselves to the spectator. Used materials are oil paint and pigments on linen
Mixed media painting with pigments and embroidery. This painting ‘Und Dich’ is telling a contemporary fairytale about global warming. Ballet girls are dancing in the polluted air of the factory’s behind them.
Transparent paintings by Hester van Dapperen can be seen in the Marechaussee Museum.
Work of 25 Artists can be seen in The Synagogue, Atelier Raimonda, National Monument from 1633, the Former Regional Archive, the St. Lambertus Church and the Prince of Orange Windmill. Paintings, jewelry, sculptures, installations, ceramics, porcelain & felt, mixed media and photography.