Joram Roukes is a Dutch artist living and working in Groningen. On a totally unrelated note, my dad’s now-deceased 3rd wife was from Groningen and my half-sister grew up there after her mother left my dad… but that’s another story. Also, my now-deceased grandfather was stationed in Groningen in World War II. It’s a very nice city in any case. Joram Roukes makes paintings that could not be called very nice by any but the most inattentive viewer – they are more challenging than that, but in a good way. These are oil paintings, but he handles the medium in such a way as to suggest a variety of media – collage, graffiti, marker – it’s an unsettling effect but I find it accurately evokes the pastiche of everday life as a kind of onslaught of impressions. Plus I just like the imagery on a personal level. Maybe it’s the Groningen thing.
My oil paintings are reflections on daily life situations in western society, filtered and reassembled in a collage-like manner. These works have been shown throughout Europe with shows in Copenhagen and London.
- Joram Roukes