Daniel Van Nes
Daniel's unusual talent shows in the way in which he has mastered the traditional technique of engraving to create a unique concept of 'illuminated engravings'. This refers to his beautifully engraved designs which can only be seen with the use of light. He illuminates an undefined world that may be waiting for us in the future, or for some already exist in the present.
'Volt' Permanent Outdoor Installation with Corteneel and LED Light, Night. www.nessed.nl
Daniel Van Nes - Mad Potters Tea Party: Wye Vase
Daniel has also created a plate for our 'Tectonic Plate' collection of 266 limited edition plates designed by various artists. You can immediately identify Daniel's unique style as this Fine Bone China plate looks as if it has been delicately engraved.
Tectonic Plate No. 251: 'Default Autumn by Daniel Van Nes
When describing his Tectonic Plate 'Default Autumn', Daniel explains that "it is about an angel losing its feathers. One by one they fall, like leaves fall from a tree in autumn. Dramatic, but also very beautiful. There is no stopping in the process and it's no use gluing them back on. The feathers may take an eternity falling through the darkness surrounding the angel.
I imagine falling or floating like one of those feathers. Is this angel alone? Are we all really alone? Like the inevitability of seasons changing, so is the cycle of life and death. 'Default Autumn' also contemplates the world today: where did the angels go? Did they lose their feathers and fall down?"
"My work deals with the darker side of reality and imagination, which I often find very appealing and beautiful. The angel is something beautiful that degrades and falls apart. That contrast can be found in a lot of my work, as well as that of modern versus old. The image is originally an 'illuminated engraving' which is what I call the technique I usually work in. It's an ancient technique on a very modern high-end medium".
Van Nes draws, paints, engraves, and creates installations and virtual reality experiences in a 'machine noir' world. His ongoing 'SellFable' project is an immersive experience that invites the audience into physical and virtual representations of the artist's charcoal renderings and work in other disciplines.
Find out more about 'SellFable' here: SellFable
Circuit Circus: SellFable Machine Relic with Illuminated Engraving
(Photo by Christina Bakuchava)
Circuit Circus: Close up of a SellFable Machine Relic with Illuminated Engraving
(Photo by Tessa van Raalte)
Daniel's work has been shown in galleries, fairs, and streets across the world. Recent shows include an interactive exhibition in TETEM, Enschede (NL), large murals and installations in Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg and Urban Nation as well as the New Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin.
'Valu' Drawing on Black Paper (297x420mm)
Daniel's work can be found here:
You can also find all of Daniel Van Nes' limited edition pieces online here:
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