Well-known American musicians posing with my work in their studio. The photos include Carmine Rojas (bassist for David Bowie during the Serious Moonlight Tour in 1983 and the Glass Spider Tour in 1987), Mike Garson (Bowie's piano man from 1972 - 2004), Alan Childs (drummer for David Bowie during the Glass Spider Tour in 1987) and Paulette McWilliams (singer with Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross, among others). I am currently working on a book with all the stories surrounding these inspiring encounters and experiences!
About the artist
Arjan van Gent was born on June 3, 1970 in Delft and was educated at the Royal Academy of The Hague and the Amsterdam School of the Arts. His work can be found in both private (including private collection Sting, Romy Haag, Paulette McWilliams, the Johan Cruyff family and David Bowie alumni Mike Garson, Carmine Rojas, Gerry Leonard, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Alan Childs) and museum collections (including Gerard Revemuseum in Amsterdam and Swaensteyn museum in Voorburg) and can be seen regularly at Pulchri Studio in The Hague. In 2016 he won the Audience Award at the Summer Salon in the same gallery. In addition, his work has been shown in, among others, Galerie Pictura, Morren Galleries, Maya Wildevuur, Kunstzaal van Heijningen and at the Dutch Portrait Prize.
He was also seen in the well-known television program “Sterren op het Doek” in 2012.
Besides painting itself, his passion is teaching and he teaches Classical Drawing and Painting Techniques at his own School of Figurative Arts, Ateliersintlucas.nl.
In addition to portraits and cats (commissioned or otherwise), still lifes and landscapes mainly everyday scenes (genre) are the subject of his oil paintings, watercolors and drawings. Intimacy and the role of light in this are striking features of his approach. His classic illusionistic painting style is closely linked to our rich Dutch tradition.