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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Cirque de Pepin - customized a 8” Toy2R Qee bear

(From News at Pepijn's site:)
Pepijn customized a 8” Toy2R Qee bear for Toy2R’s 10th anniversary Amsterdam show at Bitterzoet club.

Toy2R (Toydigger) is a Hong Kong design company: www.toy2r.com
From june 6th till july 7th Pepijn’s Quee bear is on display with several other “Dutch Masters” at the Carhartt store, Hartenstraat 18 Amsterdam.
More information: www.toydigger.nl
Soon pictures of all the custom Qee’s of this show at: www.toyexpo.nl

Welcome at Cirque de Pepin's

This is the website of Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, painter, illustrator and sculptor. The Cirque de Pepin studio is located in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you want to have some information about the availability of the artwork, I would love to hear from you!
You can contact me by e-mail or call the studio.


A tent of varnish and glazing

The ‘Cirque de Pepin’ from Artoonist Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk from The Hague exists only in name; it’s the metaphorical reference to an important source of inspiration for the artist.

A tent of varnish and glazing. The circus is a theatre. The paintings look like film stills. They are instantaneous exposures.

The spectator looks straight through the façade and sees the cloyingly sweet fairy tale figures transform into what they are: sideshow freaks, the extra’s in the illusion, the creeps from the cellar. Contemporary cartoon icons and imaginary heroes encounter one another in the mysterious world of ‘Cirque de Pepin’.

One senses a nostalgic longing for a forgotten world in his work. Pepijn is inspired by the paintings from the Old Spanish masters such as Zurbarán and Velasquez and 19th century book illustrations. Traditional methods are rewritten and transformed to the contemporary sample & zap culture.

It’s what worries the muses
It’s the horrors of Grimm
It’s the crunch of gravel
on the grubby paths

"Let's rock", Wiske cried enthusiastically.
"Yeah? right", Porkus said and blew his trunk.

(cirque'd from artdorks)



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