La Grande Parade
When I was 18 years of age I saw an exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, entitled ‘La Grande Parade’, The farewell exhibition of Edy de Wilde as director of the museum.
The fascination I had entertained for the visual arts for some time then, exploded into a full blown desire to become an artist : “I want this too! “. What ‘this’ was exactly I didn’t know, other than an elusive yet inescapable energy.
I noticed I was very opinionated about the works on display. I did not find them ‘interesting’, but deeply recognizable or not so much. Picasso, Leger, Braque, Ryman, Beckmann, Guston, Bacon and especially De Kooning showed me a world which I recognized as my own. I did not experience an esthetic joy or admiration for certain ideas, but I felt I was emerged in an ocean of posibilities. I realized then and there that this was the place I needed to be and that I wouldn’t settle for anything less. I was inspired!