Escha van den Bogerd was born in The Hague, Holland, and started painting at the age of three. In the Hague, she attended the Rudolf Steiner school, a school with many art subjects including painting, drawing and art history.
After leaving school Escha studied art in Florence, Italy, Salzburg, Austria and her home country Holland. Inspiration comes from many different things, the old masters Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Veronese, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Rubens etc. who created a beautiful sense of light. Movies set in olden times and places like Venice, Florence, and the Middle East also inspire. But inspiration can also come from people, experiences good or bad and simply just life itself which can create new emotions on the canvas.
Escha uses a method of painting in which abstraction and figurative images combine and reinforce each other’s effect. Her work has delicate compositions and colour palette of many of the Italian romance painters. The use of wash-like technique adds drama and warmth, vibrancy and great emotional power with femininity and sensitivity, a refreshing combination of traditional figurative painting in a contemporary style influenced by the many countries she has visited.
She is an artist of exceptional intensity whose dynamic and poetic abstraction faces and figurative display profound sensitivity and a great emotional power. Vital in attack and detail and brilliant in colour her energetically composed acrylic paintings radiate an aura of spirituality, which suggests the Middle East and Italian influences, although their formal characteristics are wholly in the contemporary European tradition.
Escha van den Bogerd
April 29, 2015