Paul Brouns is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Almere (near Amsterdam), and he is an artist who uses a camera and the computer to create his vision of the world. As a photographer, Paul is attracted by the abstract, rhythmic expression of buildings.
Since the development of digital photography, his camera and the computer have become his main tools for creation. Rhythm, color, and geometry are recurring themes in Paul’s photographic work, and architecture has proven to be an ideal subject for this.
“It is my aim to captivate the viewers by feasts of dancing shadows, sunlit reflections or colour combinations. I hope that through my work they will learn to appreciate and enjoy the visual music that surrounds us.”
"The music of architecture" is Paul’s motto, which stands for the artistic desire to communicate the abstract beauty of buildings. In the abstraction, he sees an important parallel with instrumental music as a reflection of rhythm, composition, texture, scale, or colour.
Visualising the sensation of a building by frontal composition is one perspective, converging lines is another, so rhythm and shallow depth of the building surface play the main role. A third element is using his photographic elements to create a new reality by captivating the viewers by feasts of dancing shadows, sunlit reflections, or colour combinations, so they will also learn to enjoy the music our urban world has to offer.
Paul’s artistic process starts from cycling around (usually it is a certain city or neighbourhood) while he prepares to shoot. Afterwards, it turns to a selection process based on images that grab Paul for some reason. The digital part of creation does not stand on itself but is embedded in the way Paul looks at the world and so beside the images that are ready for use without any manipulation, there are those that spark his imagination to start manipulating the original, for instance, by repeating elements and in that way creating a new reality with a different sense of scale. The next step is unique because Paul uses graphic technical tools in a creative way. All his selected work he puts together in an InDesign program so he can play around with them (enlarging, duplicating, mirroring, combining with each other). This step helps to see which image or combination is intriguing and sticks to his eyes. Only after that does Paul return to Photoshop to work out images in detail until the final piece of artwork.
“In the beginning, I saw something fascinatingly beautiful in the city, and in the end, I am working out a plan to make that original sensation the main subject of my creation.”
In 1990, Paul graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg (NL) in painting, drawing, and photography. Since then he has exhibited his art around the world.