a self-made man in every way, is born and raised in the Netherlands into an artistic family. His mother, a graduated fashion designer, and his father, a poet gave him all the freedom to develop his creativity and to dive into his own artistic soul. Obviously this had, and still has a big influence on his life and career choices.
One of Rep’s biggest passions is music; as a teenager he used to wander around record stores looking for new, original, and exceptional music. It was therefore no surprise Rep started having a career as a deejay.
Rep, on the look-out for new challenges and opportunities to evolve his creativity, started to show an interest in graphic design and through education and internships he managed to become a successful Graphic Designer. With his own award winning agency, Ringel Design he mainly worked for clients from the fashion, beauty and cosmetic industry.
Always wanting to develop his talents further, influenced and inspired by music, fashion and design, Rep started to create art: large abstract paintings on canvas. His approach on creating paintings is really his own. The way he applies the acrylic paint on the canvas is rather unconventional. Every paining is made to the sounds of one specific song / track. Rep listens to these music pieces repeatedly while creating the art work. Translating all the layers heard in the music onto the canvas. This unique approach makes the artworks come to life and creates a sense of depth, mystery, and rhythm. Looking at the color pallet Rep worked initially mainly with earth tones, since nature inspires him. However these days not only the element earth is a source of inspiration, it is the other elements like water, fire and air as well. Hence the art works in blues, whites and even orange-reds. Often he adds touches of metallic, and 24k gold elements. To make his work even more unique, Rep adds a chip to the painting with special information about the art work, including a certificate of authenticity and ownership in a special wax seal on the canvas. His paintings are named after the music piece or the musician / composer of that specific song.
Rep started taking photos of his canvasses, initially to publish in his limited edition hardcover books. However whilst photographing he found a different way of looking at his own work by zooming into details of his paintings and rediscovering the different layers all over again. The result is a series of photos that are alienated from their origin. The details are in a way not only a fragment of the painting but also represent one specific sound from the track that is connected with the original art work. The limited edition photos are printed in two different ways and formats. The smaller sized series is called ‘Silence’ and have a glossy appearance, the second series are larger prints on a matt paper and carry the name ‘Silence Gold’.
Rep Ringel Art
Rep not only presents his art at solo shows, he also works together with other artists. The duo or group presentations mainly take place at art fairs and shows. These collaborations are brought to life to empower each other and to be able to present a variety, yet cohesive series of art works from different artists. This way Rep looks for connections between artists, art lovers and collectors with the idea that you can be stronger together. These gallery activities take place under the name Rep Ringel Art.