Peter Bezuijen is an artist and illustrator. Born in The Netherlands, he is now based in London. His work is characterised by his personal use of colour and humour. Working since 1988, he has developed a unique and diverse style. He has had solo and group exhibitions in London and The Netherlands. Currently he is the Artist In Residence at The Providores And Tapa Room in London's Marylebone. His most recent exhibition is titled "REPETITION - The perfect imperfection".
R-E-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N - The perfect imperfection
It started with a phone call. My sister and I talk to each other on the phone on a weekly basis. Sometimes a quick 10-minute call; on other occasions, we talk for hours about life, family or nothing important - just a "chat". One of these weekly calls took place in April 2015. My sister rang me while I was painting in my studio at home. The moment she rang, I just had "refilled" my 1cm flat brush with a beautiful Ocean Blue gouache no. 150 in series B Daler Rowney. While chatting away, I started to draw horizontal 3-centimetre-long stripes in a repetitive pattern on the front page of a newspaper.
After finishing our conversation, I looked at what had appeared in front of me: a horizontal pattern of repetitive blue 1 x 3 cm stripes. 35 rows of 9 horizontal stripes were left as a textile weave on paper. At first sight, perfectly positioned but after a closer look, I realised that this repetition represented "THE PERFECT IMPERFECTION".
Isn’t art about these seemingly coincidental moments? After a closer look or a moment of reflection, one realises all the elements have always been there. But this was just the right moment for them to come together - and for the artist to become aware of them. The world of repetition I had entered seemed unlimited and full of surprises. For more than two years I experimented and painted with different brushes in different colours and with different materials. Moments of pure joy.
I believe that art is about translating these private experiences and sharing them with a wider public. I don’t believe in one interpretation or one truth when it comes to understanding art. There are many ways to tell a story and many ways to understand it.
Repetition is my story and I leave it with you. I hope my work does something to you and affects you somewhere, somehow. Make your own story and enjoy it!