Thinkspace Projects presents:
Presented in collaboration with League OTO
Saturday, April 1 from 6-10pm
* First 150 people through the doors will receive a free t-shirt from Ezra Brown
On view April 1 – April 22, 2023
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016
“In ‘Similarities’, I draw inspiration from the movements of others, gazing at strangers and those I know, running around my town, or even feeling overwhelmed and the thoughts that feeling brings to my mind. The figures are all seen in different states; some calm, some mid movement. It’s subjects like that, that most move me in paintings I enjoy myself. It suits my personality, I don’t search for more meaning in my works, I look for similarity between the figures and me, or us. For my viewers to see themselves and their everyday lives in my work.”
Willem Hoeffnagel is a painter from the Netherlands. Born in 1995 in Arnhem, he has always been interested in drawing and painting from an early age. After leaving a bachelor in entrepreneurship in Amsterdam, Willem enrolled in ArtEZ Zwolle to study illustration design. During that time he focused on his personal style while also experimenting with new techniques and ideas.
However, Illustration didn’t end up being his strong point and he left in year 3 out of 4 but working on his art everyday helped with developing as an artist in general. Soon after that he started to work on his painting full time, to grow in the medium he loves the most.
The recognizable figures that feature in Willem’s work have been close to him for more than a decade. Using the figures as a placeholder for a person, whether himself or someone else, it allows him to portray a scene or part of a small story to the viewer without putting to much attention to who it’s meant to be.