di johnny terpot
Pieter Pander (Garijp, NL, 1962), Franeker, NL. Pieter Pander has many different themes, depending on what occupies his mind at the time. He paints lots of animals, such as goats, calves, horses and dogs, but also structures of buildings and shipyards. When painting animals, he always chooses an odd angle to create an alienating effect so that we see the subject from a new perspective. Pander’s aim is to make us understand that these animals should not be taken for granted. He seeks to communicate the same respect with his portraits of the elderly and children. Pander prefers a subdued palette with just a few splashes of colour. He paints wet on wet and – other than many of his former fellow students at the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen – with light, brisk strokes.