'I would like to paint the way a bird sings', Claude Monet
I, DEAU, was born in Brabant, in the south of The Netherlands, in the autumn of 1992. My parents gave me the French name Dominique, but, since many people have shorten it into ‘Do’, in French written as Deau, I decided to use that as my signature.
My logo -on the other hand- is a roe deer. A female deer, called a 'doe', has the same sound as 'Deau'. And, we're both small creatures...
After years of drawing, painting and discovering, I was accepted at the highly recommended St. Joost Acadamy of Arts in Breda.
But, I rather consider myself as a self taught artist.
I always find joy in painting animal species in a realistic, figurative way. After years of studying and trying to find a style that worked for me, my main influencers have become:
Rembrandt - chiaroscuro
Johannes Vermeer - chiaroscuro
Leonardo Da Vinci - animal studies
George Stubbs - horse paintings
Alfred Munnings - horse paintings
Edwin Lord Weeks - oriental atmospheres
Melchior d'Hondecoeter - tropical birds
John James Audubon - illustrative birds
John Gould - illustrative birds
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - sketchy lines
Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres - studies
Together, they form a great source of inspiration, especially for my photorealism art style.
Animal beauty throughout the world
I have always had a great adoration for the animal kingdom, as well as a great interest for cultures, like Mediterranean ones, but also the mystical and colourful atmospheres of the Middle Eastern and Indian world. Animals like carnivores, herbivores and omnivores: they all play a significant part in our world of nature. Every animal has its own beauty and characteristics, like tropical colours or a majestic appearance. Or, think about the role they play in cultures, like Oriental and Iberian horses and species of wildlife.
With all kinds of animals, I want to show you, through this artistic voyage, all those magnificent differences. Those differents that makes a breed or specie just that unique. I started as a three year old amateur with coloured pencils, now worked up as a professional wildlife, bird, pet and horse artist, working with watercolour and pen.
Or, returning to the French version:
an animalière, artist of animals.
DURABLE × VEGAN ART
I always work with durable materials, like high quality paper made of cotton, paint that keeps its natural brightness for more than 75-100 years and vegan materials. I refuse to work with brushes that are made from animal hairs, like squirrel or marten: those innocent creatures belong to the wild or to live a happy life, not to be used for tools. All DEAU artworks are created with synthetic brushes:
no animal hair is used.
ARTIST STATEMENT: NOT A TROPHY
Once, the animal kingdom was full of colourful species, until humans took a role in that... Nowadays, the numbers of animal species are enormously decreasing, especially by human actions like illegal markets or trophy hunting, that 'in the name of sport', or old fashioned ideas, like stories of 'medicinal effects'. But, taking the life of an innocent creature who hasn't any idea it is going to be killed, such as a bullet from a distance, is nothing else than a brutal, coldblooded murder. Animals are never ours and not subordinate to humans: never ever do we, as humans, own the rights over them. So, if you respect nature, honour those animals with a painting, not their own lives...
Because a killed animal is never a trophy.
By every sold artwork, a small part will be donated to several animal rescue organisations. You're not only buying an artwork,
you will help our animal friends as well!
When buying a piece, you don't buy 'just an artwork' made in several days. You buy more than decades of dedication, experiences and exercises, years of frustration and euphoric moments when you finally reach the result you were looking for: thát is the real time for creating an artwork, not the amount of working hours.
So, overall: do not compare, but love it all.
All those differences that makes a specie or breed just that special.
All by its own, fascinating beauty.
Just like I can.