'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.
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:
Edwin Lord Weeks
John James Audubon
Together they form a great source of inspiration, especially for my realistic, but also modern vintage art style.
Animal beauty throughout the world
I have always had a great adoration for the animal kingdom.
Carnivores, herbivores, 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.
With all kinds of animals, I want to show you, through this artistic voyage, all those magnificent differences. 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 watercolor and acrylics.
Or, returning to the French version:
an animalière, artist of animals.
ARTIST STATEMENT: NOT A TROPHY
Once, the animal kingdom was full of colourfull species, until humans took a role in that... Nowadays, the numbers of animal species are enormously decreasing, especially by human actions like trophy hunting, that 'in the name of sport'. But, killing an innocent creature who hasn't any idea it is going to be killed by a bullet from a distance, is nothing else than a brutal, coldblooded murder. So, if you respect nature, honour those animals with a painting, not their own heads... Because a killed animal by murder is never a trophy.
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.
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.