A painter known for following a singular path.
Artworks of pure workmanship, lovingly painted by hand.
Aesthetics, beauty, and women are all focal points in Wagtmans' work. These three aspects are a common thread through his work. In addition to paint, Wagtmans uses other materials to give his paintings more volume, realism, and glamour. This structure is typical of his work. Wagtmans has developed his own style of acrylic painting with which he can construct the most amazing colour compositions. The result is a perfectly composed colour spectrum which often features colour contrasts for maximum effect. The process starts with a sketch as a way to search for the right forms. Once this sketch has been laid down on canvas, it is completed with a carefully chosen colour pattern. Using a special technique, this colour pattern emerges step-by-step, layer-by-layer. Wagtman's intensive painting process creates an artwork that is simultaneously unique and surprising. Acrylics dry very quickly, much faster than oil paints, for example. Special know-how is required to combine wet-on-wet painting with acrylics. Using large flat brushes and working at lightning speed, Wagtmans can make the various paints flow together in a distinctive way. More than ten layers may be required to achieve just the right effect. Wagtmans follows his intuition with his spontaneous painting process. A process that he refers to as, A power struggle with the material, with the paint. Materials that must be conquered. The victory is realised when the paint allows itself to come together and to be captured and immortalised under a layer of varnish.'
Painting is shifting gears; you change course if a better way of working emerges, if the painting calls for it. Painting is concentrating while retaining an open mind, following your intuition.
All paintings are created on heavy-weight pre-treated cotton. Canvases are stretched on extra-thick wooden slats.
Each painting begins with a unique sketch that is created by following intuition. It is not uncommon for this process to lasts for weeks.
For the finishing touch, the painting is signed and then sealed with a high-gloss varnish layer for protection.
'Drawing and painting have always been my great passion. I drew a great deal as a child, and later I got into painting. I love to experiment with multiple colours and especially with thick relief techniques which give the painting an extra dimension.'