I am fascinated by the play of words and sounds: Amstel and I, and ei, and eye, and IJ. Where the two rivers meet, a city was born: Amsterdam.
Nuestra Señora de Amsteldam
Love Story: el Amstel y el IJ, Acrylic on canvas, 100×100, 2008-2012.
Little remains of the great IJ. Ruigoord used to be surrounded by water, now is surrounded by the Amsterdam industrial area. Amsterdam and Haarlem were linked with a canal, designed for horses pulling the cargo. This resulted a more reliable form of transportation in the 1600s, as the roads were often flooded during rainy season.
Variations on a theme: the Amstel and the IJ
Study Adam 6, Study Adam 7, Acrylic on canvas, 40×50, 2010-2012.
Study Adam 4, Study Adam 3, Study Adam 2, Study Adam 1, Acrylic on canvas, 40×50.
Study Adam 20, Acrylic on canvas, 50×60, 2009
The great Amstel, Acrylic on canvas, 56×71, 2009
Study Adam 5, Acrylic on canvas, 40×50, 2009
The Amsterdam City Archive commissioned a wonderful video showing the building of the canals rings in the 1600s.
Acrylic on canvas, 50×100, 2010.