NetherlandsClassic Realist Contemporary
In my work I seek the balance between what I actually see and what I want to visualize. My paintings are based on perception of reality, but I strive to give them their own atmosphere.
As a child Kika Notten used to wander for hours through the woods and dunes surrounding her house. She translates her love for being outdoors in her paintings, where nature is always the main theme. She looks for hidden treasures in our daily surroundings: seeking beauty in bare branches, solitary trees or observing closely the surface of the water in a pond, sometimes throwing stones in the water, waiting for the rippling effect to appear and to disappear. The pictures she takes along the way are used as blueprints for her paintings. Kika studied history of art at the University in Leiden. After her studies and after working for several years in a museum and an architectural firm, she decided to follow her heart. She developed as an artist by studying in different studios under the guidance of skilled teachers in various disciplines. Painting became her destination and she learned most by doing, by trial and error and by just continuing to paint. Kika became an expert in painting with egg tempera, a technique with as many possibilities as limitations. The process of painting is slow, working with egg-tempera takes patience. The paintings are actually build with endless soft strokes and touches of more or less transparent paint. Because of her unconventional way of working, the technique continues to surprise her. That makes every painting a journey with a unknown destination. Since her first solo exhibition in 2007, Kika’s work has been exhibited many times and is appreciated and bought by collectors in the Netherlands and abroad.Show more Show Less