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Tjalf Sparnaay is a self-taught painter, was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1954.
He paints in oils on on large scale canvases to present recognizable objects from everyday life in a distinctly new light that is penetrating and gives reality ‘an added push.’ Objects are posed in a surreal or ideal environment, wherein ethereal light is suffused.
Sparnaay is greatly influenced by the style and technique of the 17th-century Dutch painters, but his subjects are distinctively modern. He aims to convey the idea that visual harmony is dictated by imperfections, both whimsical and unpredictable, contrary to the dominating ideologies of consumerist societies.
His work celebrate imperfection in hyper-realism, with an amount of detail akin to paintings from the Golden Age.