Bio

As an artist, the works of Arjeh Loekie Themans reflect both the classical and the 17th to 19th century traditions of Dutch landscape painting. His precision and careful brushwork emanate from a search for a credible means of expressing the visual and natural elements perceived in the human image, during his excursions through nature and through the cities of Europe.. A native of Holland, born during the Second World War (1943), Themans' consciousness is marked with the dim light, the twilight and the mist characteristic of the Dutch landscape.. These are motifs that also appear in his paintings of the Galilee and the walls of Jerusalem in Mediterranean Israel. The art classes that Themans attended took place on a boat, moored to a riverbank in the Old City of Amsterdam. There he learnt to draw ink sketches, to sculpt and to paint in oils. The townscapes have infiltrated his consciousness, and represent the foundation for a significant portion of his current works. As an engineer his rapidograph pen has drawn him like a magnet to realistic ink sketches revealing powers of concentration and control in this medium. He has lived and worked in Israel since 1963. The fundamental motif of the artist's credo permeates the various versions and manifestations of his work.Despite being riveted to Dutch painting, the scope of subjects he addresses emerges into an ever increasing range. Themans applies the rules of his figurative paintings to his portraits. This tangible representation is particularly emphasized in the details of face, hands and dress. Arjeh Loekie Themans appears to be entranced by the physical form of things, displaying both sensitivity and respect for the figurative tradition. The quality of draughtsmanship, the precise application of color and his refined style create the quiet power inherent in his works.