Moniek Voulon 1947 / artist / lives and works in Amsterdam
From 1975 Moniek Voulon studied architectural drawing and has been working as a technical draftsman at various architectural bureau’s up to 1980. In 1996 she bacame through ballotage a member of the artistsociety Maatschappij Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. In 1998 she received a basic stipendium for two years of the Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, vormgeving en bouwkunst in Amsterdam. Since then she participated in many groupexhibitions and presented solo-exhibitions in a.o. Amsterdam, New York, Rome Düsseldorf, Berlijn, India en Auckland, Nieuw Zeeland.
About the work:
Abstract forms and a clear and fresh use of colour are characteristics in the work of the artist Moniek Voulon. Her paintings are a continious search towards a balance between form and colour. Each work finds its origine in a former work, a former work serves as an inspiration for a new painting. Yet every painting stands by itself. Characteristics of the paintings are a strong graphic and abstract visual language.
The paintings show a fascination of Moniek Voulon with the urban, uncontrolled and random wild growth, and the unexpected structure hence developed in metropoles. Besides that, the work shows an inquisitive attitude towards the undecided spaces that are formed in between. These elements constitute the startingpoint of a plan after which the paintingproces can begin. Important is to visualise that everything is connected, a.o. By the electronic highway. Additionally, the work proposes a reflection on the overload of choises in society and represents “a social landscape”.
All paintings are executed in oilpaint on linnen. There is no “personal” handwriting. The artist can be placed in the painting tradition of De Stijl, Piet Mondriaan and Minimalism.
Her interest for our modern society is not only visible in her paintings, but also in some international projects. Moniek Voulon organised as curator/artist the international exhibitions:
“La nuit Américaine” [or] Day for night [Truffaut] (2003 Amsterdam), “News from Home” [Akerman] (2004 in New York) en “Le Mépris” [or] Contempt [Godard] (2006 in Amsterdam), participated by myself and international artists, some well known, showing their vision on events that eventually has lead to the war in Irak in 2003. These exhibitions were all cinematographic inspired.