contemporary artist

charlotte van der cingel

What's my story?

I found my love for art at a very young age. Starting with pencil and paper, I drew hours and hours on end at the kitchen table. I just loved drawing portraits and had a huge drive to be good at it. I was so excited when people would pay me money for a portrait drawing! I began to explore more mediums like pastels, acrylics, spray paint, gold paint and gold leaf for a couple of years until I finally found the ultimate medium for me, oil paint!

I painted primarily portraits until a came across the work of legends in the hyperrealistic art field, like Tom Blackwell, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and of course Dutch artist Tjalf Sparnaay. I was fascinated about the quality of their art and wanted to be able to do the same. I studied all the major artists in that field, went to art fairs and exhibitions to see with my own eyes how the paint had hit the canvas.

At home I turned to my canvas and did what I loved to do most, creating hyperrealistic art. Through the years my work became a combination of hyperrealistic still life paintings and portrait paintings, basically because I love to paint both! Currently I am working on a series that combines objects and portraits, finished with parts of gold metal oil paint, to give the artwork that little bit extra.