The 2013 Laid-Back series paintings, by the Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Ron Weijers one could review as a series of mixed media paintings expressing a suggestion for workaholics, overachievers and perfectionists in general who envy people who seem to float through life gracefully and never concerned about what might happen. For all those on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Laid-Back series of paintings provide assistance on how to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride that is your life.
In a continuous need to disconnect from and to question the existing on the one hand and to discover new perspectives on the other, Weijers is one of those artists constantly questioning the techniques they use, their meanings, their goals, all the while perfectly aware they shall never be any definite answer and that their work is meant to remain empirical. He’s not an abstract painter using figuration but a figurative painter who is producing abstraction.
Weijers explores the ideas of transformation and contradiction. The process of making the work is fundamental to developing a visual language through which he can communicate the feeling of experience to the viewer. His works define and redefine the meanings of process and transformation. Bringing elements of chaos and dissonance into a state of harmony, each work matures into a fully realized presence.
During the process of making the paintings, Weijers re-constructs and re-activates his materials and likens his work to that of building a relationship: a series of attempts at intimacy with the work, of fallen expectations, of failures and finally, of surrender. It is in the suspended spaces between the swaying of depicted figuration and abstraction, that his worlds take shape. His painting acts as a rhythm of color, of possibility, of realization and as a sorting structure through which the artist makes harmonies within the chaos around him. Weijers translates his creativity and visions into multi-layered paintings that reflect a characteristic abstract language of signs and shapes. Within his paintings he reveals a deeper meaning and reflects his view on contemporary issues. By reaching a state of liberation from existing patterns, the interplay of lines is dominated by the metamorphosis which conceals the evaluation of his work from the source. The spectator's fantasy is stimulated by the intuitive and specific combination of color, material and shape, thus seducing the spectator towards an alternative view on this world.
Weijers mainly paints on wooden panels and his work could be described as multi-layered mix media (collage, acrylic, oil pastel, graphite, objects). His high levels of productivity continuously generate a further developing flow of work. His paintings are on exhibit in galleries and art events in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Laid-Back paintings are all mixed media on wooden panel on size 80x90 cm, except the below first work that is made as this series centerpiece on size 170x150 cm