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Homies - original painting by Dutch contemporary painter Ellen de Meijer

Homies

Details

  • Year: 2023
  • Dimensions: 45 x 63 inch / 115 x 160cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Power

What we see.  This work is about lobbying. We see two men giving a medal to each other. They look alike. In clothing and appearance. They are almost twins, they even share a set of Airpods. They look up as they were caught in the act.

Ellen says “Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”

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WAGMI - original painting by Dutch contemporary painter Ellen de Meijer

WAGMI

Details

  • Year: 2023
  • Dimensions: 55 x 67 inch / 140 x 170cm  
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About.  Material wealth

What we see. Three men gathered around a hole in the floor. The man standing on a chair has made his fortune. He is dressed in a golden jacket and shows his golden watch. The man with the virtual reality glasses is kneeling as being a sort of servant. The man in shorts is pitching to participate, jealousy looking at the man’s golden watch.

Ellen says “We Are All Gonna Make It.”

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Mommy’s Non-Fungible Finest

Details

  • Year: 2022
  • Dimensions: 70 x 55 inch / 200 x 140 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Digital debt.

This work refers to the hype and speculation of NFT’s. The emphasis lies on the speculative nature of ownership. 

This painting is about the owner of the cat, ‘mommy’, and not so much about the cat.

What we see. This cat has been transformed into an NFT by its owner, with the intention to be sold. Signified by the Raging Bull, a Wall Street symbol of speculation and wealth accumulation. 

The cat is portrayed wearing gloves referring to the owner wanting to accumulate wealth without having to do the ‘dirty’ hard work of labor. 

Ellen says “This is not a happy cat.”

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High Profile

Details

  • Year: 2022
  • Dimensions: 75 x 51 inch / 200 x 140 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Status.

This work is about pride and independence.

What we see. We see a successful business woman, wearing a medal and pearl necklace. The dog and woman form a unity and share similarities. In shape, color and personality. 

She’s wearing a corset. Though not firmly tied together, the woman gently holds its lace to signify a sense of control and sensuality. 

The dog is a Dogo Argentino; loving but a street fighter. The position of the dog, in front of the woman, symbolizes the protective nature of the breed. 

Ellen says “I wanted the dog and its owner to almost transcend in each other.”

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Mining Crush

Details

  • Year: 2021
  • Dimensions: 78 x 55 inch / 200 x 140 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Material wealth.

This work is about the power of speculation, specifically that of crypto coin trading.

What we see. We see a business man with a bolo tie on a mechanical bull with a miners headlamp. Relaxed, powerful, just like a cowboy on a horse. The mechanical bull is his means to power, control and wealth.  

Ellen says “The mechanical bull refers to Wall Street: a man-made financial construct that essentially provides no value, other than a method for rapid wealth accumulation through speculation.”

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Crypto Craze

Details

  • Year: 2021
  • Dimensions: 78 x 55 inch / 200 x 140 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Digital debt. Power.

This work addresses wealth accumulation through crypto mining. This painting is about the inequality between the rich and poor, caused by the digital divide.

What we see. We see a daunting black doorway to a data center. Symbolizing the internet as modern way to make a living. One character is a crypto miner in a suit ready to go down the mine. The other is a businessman, portrayed in an almost vacation type outfit. Awaiting his passive profits, with an hint of arrogance.

Ellen says “The seated man symbolizes the wealthy speculant. No real effort, wearing gloves to keep his hands clean.”

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Power Play

Details

  • Year: 2021
  • Dimensions: 59 x 49 inch / 150 x 100 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Power. Material wealth.

What we see. This work addresses the never ending thirst for more.

We see a proud and powerful woman holding a majorette baton that signifies her leading position. Her big belt-buckle shows a silver dollar that symbolizes the business she is in. The baton is decorated with a pearl necklace, symbolizing her goal of abundant wealth.

Ellen says “Pearls are a girl’s best friend, or not really?”

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Eve Gen-Z

Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 19.7 inch / 40 x 50 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Generational heritage. 

What we see. We see a young girl, dressing up like her mother.

This work is part of a diptych together with ‘4th Generation Bill’

Ellen says “This is beyond rescue.”

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4th Generation Bill

Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 19.7 inch / 40 x 50 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Generational heritage. Resistance

What we see. We see a boy scout calling for justice.

This work is part of a diptych together with ‘Eve Gen-Z’

Ellen says “Kids is our hope for the future.”

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Barking in the desert

Details

  • Year: 2019
  • Dimensions: 39 x 79 inch / 100 x 200 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Global warming. Resistance.

What we see. A man standing in the heat of the sun. He suddenly realizes his way of life needs to change.

Ellen says “It is actually too late already.”

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Arctic Indictment

Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Dimensions: 39 x 59 inch / 100 x 150 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Global warming.

What we see. A woman holding a dead bird on a plastic balloon as a symbol of what our planet has to come. 

The color and fine cloth of the woman’s dress, symbolizes the fragility of the arctic poles.

Ellen says “We’re facing an imminent disaster by the plastic party of the past.”

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Dress code

Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Dimensions: 41 x 61 inch / 105 x 155 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Global warming. Generational heritage.

What we see. This work refers to the global conditions the younger generation inherit.

We see an angry girl wearing protective gear against the effects of global warming. Her hat refers to rising sea levels and extreme weather, the mask to protect from air pollution.

Ellen says

“This is the legacy of my generation.”

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Sacred Heights

Details

  • Year: 2011
  • Dimensions: 78 x 47 inch / 200 x 120 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

About. Status. Power.

What we see

Here is a businessman sitting high on a throne of gold. His strive for wealth and power is like a religion to him. 

This work is unique in the artist’s series, as the character’s body is almost a sketch. Deliberately transparent. 

Ellen says “Getting high.”

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