ENA RUTTEN
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During the painting process, Ena is strongly involved in technique and the use of different materials. Offering the coincidence as much chances as possible with the delicious possibility of unexpected results. This intuitive and unsystematic approach, is alternated with intentional interventions. And although the first layers are chaotic, in the end the painting should have a good balance between energy and stillness. Moreove it should have a great suggestive force, so she is not satisfied with a rich, organic paint surface alone, there should be an elegant composition too.
What the different themes have in common is a "vivid silence". A face, a flower field, the underwater world or a superb landscape can give us a calm and silent impression, while at the same time there is a lot going on. 

"The paint applied layer over layer, color over color, using a light structure, and then in this size, ensures that the work enters the experience immediately and continues to fascinate. Moreover, it is a beautiful, timeless portrait",gallery owner Lia Hector, 2019.

"A special game of colors and forms. Both form and color are fantasy but nevertheless it is as if you go under water as a deep sea diver."
(From the juryreport of Painting of the year 2018)
 
"Landscapes you will not find anywhere on a map. However, much of what we see is well known to us. Empty plains - once seen on a holiday trip - with a magnificent emptiness, as if you could never walk in it. Ena rightly calls her fictive landscapes: "Days Without Us". It gives me the feeling that the beauty of this world can only be experienced at a distance and in silence."
(From the speech of Willebrord de Winter (former director of the Amsterdam Academy of Arts) at the exhibition "Ver-Gezichten" in the museum Het Petershuis in Gennep 2015.)

 
"In her paintings it seems as if the world stands still, holds on for a moment. These lonely, quiet, motionless motives are at the same time meaningful and symbolic. In subtile colors the composition spreads out, nothing distracts the observer, nothing comments or decorates her depiction. Her works invites us to linger, to lay back and contemplate."
(From the speech of Josef Gülpers, art historian, at the exhibition "Höher immer weiter" in Duisburg, Germany 2014)
  
"It is time for the end of any critical taboo against beauty. Beauty is one among the many modes in wich expression can take form.
I would  like my paintings to be fluid, elegant and refreshing without the obsession of bizar statements and complex concepts", Ena