Gerard Koster ( 1932 ) works, after his education at the art - academy, alternatingly in Amsterdam and Flanders, where he is experimenting with different syles and subjects. In 1976 he stays for a while in the region of North - Groningen and chooses then in favour of the spacious landscapes of the northern coastal areas. He establishes his atelier on the Hogeland. From that time on, independent of the subject itself, every painting is an effort to invoque the illusion of endless space. The view is at eye - level, directed at the horizon. By this human measure, the proportions have been determined.
Light and atmosphere enclose the presentation in one still overall image. The wide sizes enforce the suggestion of spatial relations.
The paintings seem to be open windows, which invite to make a step outside.
Although the images of the landscapes have been abstracted to basic subjects, such as earth, horizon, and air, abstration is not the purpose.
Deleting and condensing are parts of the effort to express his landscape-experience as strongly as possible.
His water-colors, too, are created out of his admiration for light and space.
However he deliberately uses, in this respect, the spontaneous possibilities, which water-color materials do offer, indeed. The pigments flowing in water and the special way of drying, have a tremendous influence on the creation of the image itself.
While his oilpaintings are often very composed, and built up stroke-wise, his water- colors may show a kind of managed coincidence.