Love story: Amstel and IJ

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

Virgen of AmsteldamAcrylic on canvas, 40×80, 2001.

Love Story: Amstel and IJLove 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.

The Great IjThe great IJ: Amsterdam and Haarlem, Acrylic on canvas, 70×80, 2013.

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 20Study Adam 20, Acrylic on canvas, 50×60, 2009


The great AmstelThe great Amstel, Acrylic on canvas, 56×71, 2009

img_6352-e1457268931456.jpgStudy 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.


AmstelAcrylic on canvas, 50×100, 2010.


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