A painting is an abstraction of the reality. What kind of abstraction is determined by the vision of the artist.

It is a huge challenge to filter from the multitude of impressions the very aspects that characterize the person or situation you want to capture. Both observing your object and capturing it on canvas thus become a process of reduction.

Drawing and painting require directness of the artist's "handwriting", because the observer will at once recognise the spontaneity of this "direct writing" in the final result. It takes many years to master this handwriting. Every material, be it oil paint, charcoal or pastel, follows its specific rules.

For me, making a painting is looking for a balance between the handwriting, the use of material and the extent to which the characteristics, filtered from the subject, become visible: "From the texture of the paint or chalk the picture emerges, as it were". Therefore, the observer can experience a painting in various ways: both as a composition of paint/texture/colour/light-dark and as a typification of the subject. Moreover, the abstraction leaves the observer room for interpretation.

Hans van Melick


  • Born in Roermond, the Netherlands, on 16 August 1950.
  • Tilburg Art Academy - grade to teaching qualification. Lessons from Jan Cuppen, Hans Engelman, Reinald van Lamsweerde, Joop Liesker and Ru van Rossem.
  • Delft University of Technology - Structural engineer course.
  • Working in various architectural offices.
  • Engineering firm vMV-Cad Adviseurs ( CAD: Computer Aided Design).
  • Working as an artist as of 2002 in the Hague.
  • Teacher portrait and figure drawing; training in my own Studio.
  • Participant in various art manifestations.
  • Since 2004 Member of STROOM, Foundation for art and architecture, The Hague.