Klaas Gubbels, Die Houtskool, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
89 x 73 cm
Klaas Gubbels (Rotterdam, January 19, 1934) has painted coffee pots and tables for over 65 years. He says about this: “Whoever has nothing to say keeps thinking up something new, whoever has something to say keeps repeating it all his life.” This recognizability and simplicity are the strength and heartwarming charm of his artworks.
Even though the subject remains the same, a great variation lies in the materials and techniques he uses to depict the coffee pots and tables. Gubbels paints and draws, makes collages, statues, objets trouvés, wall paintings, glass art and monumental sculptures in wood and metal. He works in a modest color palette with lots of black, gray, white, orange and dark and Yves Klein blue.
Gubbels celebrated his eightieth birthday in 2019. Despite his age, he can still be found in his studio seven days a week.