Kenneth Flijders: figures in silhouettes, contours and relief
Flijders has a recognizable expressiveness in silhouettes and contours, which sometimes results in a mysterious effect in his creations.
These compositions figuratively express a strong simplicity: a human-being or most of the times a piece of Surinamese nature. No details but large recognizable drawing of lines, even if you have to watch sometime before actually recognizing it. Flijders makes oil paintings on canvas and sketches with charcoal and red chalk on paper. His subjects are Surinamese people, and nature painted in dark colors. One painting gives the impression that you are looking outside through a wooden door revealing a piece of nature. Sometimes a framework is set up inside the painting with the contours of trees.
Flijders used the nerves of the coconut palm leaf to reproduce hair on the back of a head on one of the paintings. Pressed behind the paper it is used as a relief for acryl on paper, or when glued at the front side and painted on, it creates a special effect. This shows Flijders’ progressive state of the art on a flat space.