Maaike Schoorel paints from photographs in the traditional genres of still life, landscape, and portrait. She favours basic colours and no decoration.
Maaike Schoorel’s paintings are inspired by everyday happenings and interactions. Schoorel draws inspiration for her paintings from the immediacy of photography, which is based on the art-historical genres of landscape, portrait, and still life.
Schoorel’s audience must take a slower, more careful approach to seeing in order to merge visual awareness with imagination and identify the issues buried in her brushwork. The spectator is initially confronted with an appearance of abstraction, with its contents floating in a melée of colours, making descriptive titles appear to be misleading. Schoorel’s art encourages us to be present while observing and comprehending.