Ambition, human endeavour, but also neglect, death, decay and the beauty therein: this is what the Dutch painter Hans Steffelaar is dealing with in his paintings. Especially his recent work reflects serious worry about the state of affairs in the world, his abstract and figurative paintings alike.
There is nothing but decline, and the painter’s anger. The personal commentary of any artist on the world in which he finds himself is as old as art itself. According to Steffelaar: “I do not want to moralize, but evidently there is no avoiding the personal angle. One must have a certain extent of relevance if painting is one’s life.”
Loss and decline in a heedless world. A tragedy, represented with no drama at all.