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About this project

 

My Background

I’m Gerard Boersma, a 40 year old realism artist from Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. I paint people in modern cities. My favorite themes include painting people on the streets, in stores, public transport or museums.  

I paint such scenes in a hyperrealistic manner, very colorful and highly detailed. People often get confused whether they’re looking at a photograph or not. In my work I freeze time so our fast and busy lives are forever captured in a moment. Finally ready to be observed quietly. 

That's me holding my painting Coffee Bean Airport
That's me holding my painting Coffee Bean Airport

My Challenge

For years I’ve been painting small and medium works of art for the internet. I sold them to a worldwide audience through my blog or Ebay and that’s how I generated enough income to paint full time. 

However, I always felt I could do even better and that's why I would love to paint something really large (70x48" or 180x120cm). I believe that’s where my true talent lies and I’m dreaming of doing this for a year. I want to reach my full potential as an artist and make high quality paintings that truly leave a lasting impression on the viewer and future generations to come.

The reason why I haven’t been able to paint anything that large is because I always felt it was too risky business wise. It takes up to 4 months without income to create 70x48” painting and I don’t have the reserves to cover such a time period. But with Kickstarter I see an opportunity to make it happen!

Examples of small pieces (8x8" or 20x20cm) I made for my blog and Ebay. Just imagine how something similar will look on a grand scale!
Examples of small pieces (8x8" or 20x20cm) I made for my blog and Ebay. Just imagine how something similar will look on a grand scale!

My Goal

For the next 12 months it’s my aim to create 3 large scaled paintings (70"x48" or 180x120cm each) and show them in a really good gallery in New York. I choose this city as the best galleries are located there plus a lot of my work already goes to collectors based in the US. 

It makes sense for me to go there and I’m looking forward to visit New York and take my career to the next level. I believe the large paintings will open many doors for me. While in New York I want to take pictures for future paintings and use my already existing network to introduce me to the really good galleries in person.

The paintings I'm planning to create are totally in line with what I'm doing right now: hyperrealism works of art of people in modern cities. I want to paint a museum piece first and go from there.

Examples of progress pictures of my painting Slot Machines
Examples of progress pictures of my painting Slot Machines

On my blog, social media and of course Kickstarter I want to keep a public diary so you can see and experience how I create my work. I will show and write about what I’m doing so you can see each painting being born. 

I’m excited about this campaign and want to thank you in advance for your support in making my project a reality. Thank you for helping me paint my masterpieces!

Gerard Boersma

I'm standing right next to a still blank 70x 48" panel in my studio. With your support I can make a true masterpiece out of it!
I'm standing right next to a still blank 70x 48" panel in my studio. With your support I can make a true masterpiece out of it!

 

Va Bene, acrylic on masonite, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm. This is what I can do on a  medium sized panel. Imagine how it would look and feel on a large 70x48" panel.
Va Bene, acrylic on masonite, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm. This is what I can do on a medium sized panel. Imagine how it would look and feel on a large 70x48" panel.

 What this project funds  

 

Candy Shop, acrylic on masonite, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, available as one of the art prints
Candy Shop, acrylic on masonite, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, available as one of the art prints

 

 

Your Rewards

Digital Book

Two pages of the digital book. Full color, 118 pages, pdf file
Two pages of the digital book. Full color, 118 pages, pdf file

Post Cards

A set of 10 full color A6 post cards of the museum painting I create for this project (not the painting depicted here, but similar). Each card is ± 6x4" or 148 x 105 mm (300 gsm).
A set of 10 full color A6 post cards of the museum painting I create for this project (not the painting depicted here, but similar). Each card is ± 6x4" or 148 x 105 mm (300 gsm).

 

Art Prints

The Kickstarter exclusive art prints. Available as 8x10" and 24x18" or 25x20cm and 61x46cm. Choose your favorite(s) of these 5 designs or pick your favorite(s) of the paintings I create for this project.
The Kickstarter exclusive art prints. Available as 8x10" and 24x18" or 25x20cm and 61x46cm. Choose your favorite(s) of these 5 designs or pick your favorite(s) of the paintings I create for this project.

 Digital Files (Digital Book + PDF File + 3 Short Video Clips + Jpegs)

Sample spread of two pages from the pdf file with background stories, progress & detail pictures and tutorials. This reward also includes my digital book, 3 short video clips and high qualtiy jpegs of the new paintings.
Sample spread of two pages from the pdf file with background stories, progress & detail pictures and tutorials. This reward also includes my digital book, 3 short video clips and high qualtiy jpegs of the new paintings.

Book

Kickstarter exclusive! Hard cover book, 8x8" or 20x20cm, black cover, full color, 54 illustrations, 24 pages
Kickstarter exclusive! Hard cover book, 8x8" or 20x20cm, black cover, full color, 54 illustrations, 24 pages

 

Sample spread of two pages from the book
Sample spread of two pages from the book

Your Name On Painting

That's my name on the back of the painting, but there's plenty of room for yours too!
That's my name on the back of the painting, but there's plenty of room for yours too!

 

One On One

Spend an evening with me on Skype, Face Time or drop by the studio if you can. You can ask me anything!
Spend an evening with me on Skype, Face Time or drop by the studio if you can. You can ask me anything!

Small Original Painting 6x6"

When you get this reward one of these small original 6x6" paintings is yours! If you have a strong preference for one just let me know! A red dot means it's spoken for already.
When you get this reward one of these small original 6x6" paintings is yours! If you have a strong preference for one just let me know! A red dot means it's spoken for already.

 

Original Shoe Paintings

4 Original Shoe Paintings, 8 x 8" or 20 x 20 cm and 9 1/2" x 10" or 25 x 24 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's been called for already.
4 Original Shoe Paintings, 8 x 8" or 20 x 20 cm and 9 1/2" x 10" or 25 x 24 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's been called for already.

 

Small Original Museum Painting 

The 6 small original 8x8" or 20x20cm available museum paintings. If you have a strong preference just let me know! And yes, that is me looking at the painting in top left corner.
The 6 small original 8x8" or 20x20cm available museum paintings. If you have a strong preference just let me know! And yes, that is me looking at the painting in top left corner.

  You In The Painting

That's me in the painting, but that could easily be you enjoying a painting in a museum. All I need is a good pic of you as seen from behind and I'll make a similar painting like the one above with you in it.
That's me in the painting, but that could easily be you enjoying a painting in a museum. All I need is a good pic of you as seen from behind and I'll make a similar painting like the one above with you in it.

Museum Original Painting

3 Available museum paintings ,19 2/3" x 15 3/4" or 50 x 40 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's called for already.
3 Available museum paintings ,19 2/3" x 15 3/4" or 50 x 40 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's called for already.

 

Original Painting ±35x27"

 

4 Original Paintings, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's been called for already.
4 Original Paintings, 35 1/2" x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm. Just pick your favorite and let me know. If it has a red dot it's been called for already.

 Original Painting 70x48"

If you get this reward this blank 70x 48" panel I'm standing right next to will be your brand new painting!
If you get this reward this blank 70x 48" panel I'm standing right next to will be your brand new painting!

Artist Statement

Commonplace events and ordinary objects. With my works of art I want to express a deep love for the modern human and contemporary city life.

I paint people on the streets, in stores, public transport and museums or zoom in on popular products. At first sight these scenes might appear as quite ordinary, but after years of painting I know it's anything but.

Our lives are filled with moments like these. Therefore these moments are important and say a whole lot about todays society too. They show the way people see themselves, interact or are influenced by modern developments in various ways.

I observe and paint what most impresses me. That way I freeze time and those beautiful, but often overlooked scenes are forever captured in a moment. Finally ready to be observed quietly.

Ralph's Supermarket, acrylic on masonite, 38 1//2" x 29 1/2" or 97,8 x 75 cm, 2016
Ralph's Supermarket, acrylic on masonite, 38 1//2" x 29 1/2" or 97,8 x 75 cm, 2016

About Me

I'm a professional and international recognized artist for over 15 years well known for my own realistic style of painting.

My art is in museums, galleries and private collections worldwide (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia).

Paintings were shown alongside the biggest names in art history at leading art fairs in Europe and United States.

I've studied painting and fine art at the School of Arts Minerva in the Netherlands, specializing in meticulous form of realistic painting. I currently live and work in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Liquor Store, 35 1/2 x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, 2016
Liquor Store, 35 1/2 x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, 2016

Appraisals from major US art figures

I enjoyed seeing your paintings and your website, very nice work. -Ralph Goings, photorealism artist

Wonderful work especially those of people on the streets and in stores. -Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery, New York, art dealer and discoverer of Andy Warhol

Great works! -Don Eddy, New York, photorealism artist

Slot Machines, 35 1/2 x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, 2016
Slot Machines, 35 1/2 x 27 2/3" or 90 x 70 cm, 2016

 

Risks and challenges

Although I haven’t painted a 70x48” painting before, I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to paint such a large work of art. I have over 16 years experience as an artist and painted plenty of complex paintings on a smaller scale. I'm sure I can on a larger scale as well.

I have all the rewards lined up and ready to print. No challenges there either. Of course some of them aren't fully ready just yet as they include the paintings I plan on creating for this project. And those aren’t finished yet of course.

The biggest challenge I see is getting my work into a really good gallery in New York. Although I have my strategy on how to approach the gallery all thought out, there is of course the chance they say no. In that case I keep searching for another venue to show my work. If all fails I will stage an exhibition in my own studio.

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    Digital Book

    A beautiful full color pdf book of almost all my paintings up to now. 118p, 64 mb. Of course the new paintings are included too. Your name will be included in a special thank you page in the book.

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    A 8x8" or 20x20cm original still life painting of a women's high heel shoe by me will be mailed to you!

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    Art Print 24x18"

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    4 Art Prints 24x18"

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    8 Art Prints 24x18"

    Can't decide which art print you prefer? Why not take all 5 designs plus the 3 art prints of the new paintings I create for this project. Size of each of your 8 Kickstarter exclusive art prints is 24x18" or 61x45cm.

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    Original Painting 35x27"

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    Original Painting 70x48"

    Beautify and enrich your home with one of the large scaled works I create for this project! We work closely together as to make sure the painting will be of your liking. Size is 70x48" or 180x120cm. Paintings are signed and framed.

    Your name will be painted on the front of your painting. Also included is signed brush I used for creating the painting.

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