Menno Vos’s abstract paintings explore texture and color as they relate to the natural world. Vos uses techniques of both building and breaking down to create his three-dimensional patterns. He puddles his paint and then scratches deep grooves into it. He layers thin, unbroken drips of paint over abrupt, energetic daubs. His palette swings between jewel tones and glowing brights.
Vos says his inspirations are the “people I meet, images I see and emotions I feel during traveling.” A Vos landscape shows a lake of rich blue framed by long streaks of green, or a forest made of a mass of lively vertical lines. A typical still life depicts a flower as a burst of color with a stem and leaves: a visual merging of plant, sunlight, and earth. His subject matter is varied by default – he has seen many different terrains – but his aesthetic is mature enough to tie each piece together.
Vos was born in Dordrecht, Holland and today lives in the town of Apeldoorn. He has exhibited around the Netherlands and had his travel photography published in several Dutch magazines.