Description Amphitrite is the fourth painting in my series of surrealistic artworks. I used bold colours and fine brush strokes, as I do in all my paintings, in order to create a lasting visual impression. Art buyers (and art lovers) will see symbolic references to prominent 20th century surrealistic painters like Carel Willink and Michael Parkes as I offer homage to their artistic vision through my own art. This artwork is still for sale, so if you’d like to purchase the painting just click on the buy artwork button below.” Original paintings on oil are available on my website www.haanstrafineart.nl here you can find more surrealistic paintings which can also be categorized as magic realism. In the background we see Poseidon, the capricious wayward and revengeful God of the sea. He once created the horse to impress his childhood lover Demeter. Now he plays with his four-in-hand lover Demeter. The inhabitants of Rhodes prepare an annual sacrificial ceremony: each year they drown the four most beautiful horses to make the sun appear again. The action goes entirely beyond Amphitrite, which we see in the foreground. Amphitrite, a sea-nymph and the wife of Poseidon, is drowned in deep thoughts. She drowns as it were in her own thoughts, which is depicted with the rising water.
John Haanstra, Huizen Member Since August 2011 Artist Statement Three collections are available at my website for selling all items are oil paintings on canvas and can be seen as surrealistic series of artworks. Bold colours using fine brush strokes are used. Architecture plays a vital role in creating these paintings combined with the Greek mythology. Famous 20th century painters like Carel Willink, Salvador Dali and Michael Parkes gave me inspiration to offer homage to their artistic vision trough my own art by combining elements of magic realism and surrealism into my paintings. Currently these surrealistic original paintings are still for sale on www.haanstrafineart.nl. In case you want posters, postcards or prints on canvas of the original paintings please visit www.HFA.imagekind.com to order.
John Haanstra was born in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in the year 1945. He was educated at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. John has developed a career as a successful multi-purpose artist. His works continue to be sold in the United States and Europe. For the last few years John's extensive experience and creative vision have led him to masterfully paint several very unique collections. The paintings are based on the Greek mythology and contain a world of mysterious buildings, pillars, air, water, nudes and statues The vivacious imagery created in these collections can easily lead the viewer down a path of creative interpretation that is both unique and imaginative.
The creative style of the Dutch artist John Haanstra can be classified as a combination of fantastic realism, magic realism, symbolism and surrealism.
In spite of the application of several art styles in his collections, John Haanstra follows a clear line. The paintings of John Haanstra can be recognized by settings in which everything is in balance. He combines various elements into his paintings to portray the stories behind the works. In fact, it can be said that John Haanstra directs with paint. This method of painting requires a highly skilled technique and a particular feeling for composition. These qualities make John Haanstra's paintings particularly unique.
Each of the collections offered by John Haanstra integrates different elements of fantastic realism, surrealism, symbolism and magic realism to a certain degree. He started his journey by applying elements of Greek mythology into his first collection, advancing his way through the elements of fantastic realism shown in the second collection. The latest works partly step away from the "magic world" into a surrealistic world.