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Zenk One, Mara Piccione, MonkeyBirdCrew & Nina Valkhoff

Church Inside Out
Location
Grote Markt
Material
Latex on panels
Year
2020

‘Kerk Binnenstebuiten’

The Grote Kerk inspires! The Kerk Binnenstebuiten project is a joint initiative of the Grote Kerk and Blind Walls Gallery. Artists make new paintings for the construction fence, inspired by the rich interior of the church.

PHOTEDby Edwin Wiekens

‘inspirational Gravestones’

Zenk One (Robin Nas) was inspired by two gravestones in the church of Henricus Coerman and Johan Backx.

Robin depicts Henricus as a goat, with symbols referring to traveling skills, heavenly spheres and the divine light. Johan is depicted as a “sitting” lion, with symbols that represent fertility and strength.

PHOTEDby Edwin Wiekens

Just like Zenk One, Mara Piccione takes inspiration from the gravestones: “In my design, the abstract shapes have a symbolic character; I emphasize the Carpe diem spell more than Memento Mori. While Memento Mori is about transience, Carpe Diem is about life as an individual in the here and now; something that belongs more in this day and age ”

PHOTEDby Edwin Wiekens

MonkeyBird Crew were inspired by the floral ornaments that can be seen on the marble suits of armor in the “Princes’ Chapel” and the colorful vault paintings. They depicted this in their work by covering the clothes of the monkey and the bird with various plants and flowers. A striking feature of the work is the ruined architecture in the background of the painting.

Photo by: Rosa Meininger

Nina Valkhoff found her inspiration in two animals that can be found in the church: the lion and the lamb. The lion stands for strength, power and wariness; the lamb symbolises innocence and is seen in Christianity as the bearer of man’s sins. Nina plays with this symbolism in her work by depicting the animals in the same size, to eliminate the dividing line between prey and predator.

Photo by: Rosa Meininger

This project was realized with the support of the Municipality of Breda, Breda Marketing and Ondernemersfonds Breda.

About the artist

Zenk One

Origin
Nederland
Profession
Illustrator
Website
Zenkone

Zenk One (Robin Nas) maakt illustraties, schilderijen en murals. Zenk One is bekend geworden met zijn realistische kenmerken gecombineerd een grafische stijl. Inmiddels reist hij de wereld over om metershoge muurschilderingen te maken in zijn stijl.

About the artist

Mara Piccione

Origin
Netherlands
Profession
Artist
Website
Mara Piccione

As an abstract (silkscreen) artist, Mara is focused on finding interesting shapes. These are often literally there for the taking. For example, the contours of a leaf, a stone or a coffee stain on the floor can form the basis for a new work. Mara connects graphic design to visual art.

About the artist

MonkeyBirdCrew

Origin
France
Profession
Artists
Website
MonkeyBird Crew

MonkeyBird Crew consists of the French artists Louis Boidron and Edouard Egéa. The meaning of their name is linked to the symbolism of monkeys and birds. The monkey stands for realism and the body and the bird for dreams and the soul. The two artists started showing their work on the streets before transforming the walls of museums, public spaces and institutions.

About the artist

Nina Valkhoff

Origin
The Netherlands
Profession
Illustrator & Muralist
Website
Nina Valkhoff

Nina Valkhoff is an illustrator and muralist from Rotterdam. She has created works in Ireland, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina and the Netherlands, among others. In her work she likes to incorporate plants and animals. She often works with endangered species to make people aware of their existence and to show the beauty of the animal.