Ups and Downs


Basic Information

Title: Ups and Downs

Sizes: 50cm by 60cm

Materials: Silk Gloss Paint, Cotton Canvas

Made: 11/01/2016

Availability: ‚ā¨100,- (excl. shipping costs)



The painting Ups and Downs reflect the ups and downs during a lifetime.

Starting at the platform at the middle to the platform above is youth. Everything seems to be fine and future is bright you explore a lot and learn new things.

After that there's a period of stabilization and downfall. Life seems to be settled and the level of discovering new things goes down till the point the midlife crisis starts to emerge.

Then a new period starts after the midlife crisis. You might start to discover new things, start a new career or travel over the world.

The last stage is a period of downfall again. You're in the stage of being to old to travel, getting lonesome because you lose your friends etc.


Background Story

I was working on some sketches including roads or paths during the Christmas period of 2015. I was thinking about a drawing a path that would be circling around a middle point, a path of which it wasn't clear if it went up or down. So i sketched a pathway.

I thought what if I would put a pillar in the middle to make the road impossible. So i started to sketch the pillar into it and called it Ups and Downs.

The first sketch included only one path that went down so I couldn't call it downs. Furthermore, ups and downs implicates that it has to do with stages of for example life. So I added an extra down to make sure that the concept and the painting would be consistent.