Is it an exciting cityscape, a stark but bustling metropolis at night? Summer in the City? The colours and shapes of a quirky jazz improvisation, totally free yet based on agreements and rules? Or a raging sea made calm with stylised serenity?
The ‘mother painting’ from 1978 is coloured white, light yellow, dark yellow, orange, red, purple and blue. Starting at the top and going down, the painting becomes blue at exactly halfway. Even Joan herself does not know exactly why.
The Dutch artist is a driven painter. Cannot be otherwise with such a labour intensive and concentrated canvas such as Fac7 and the hundreds of variations that have followed on from the ‘mother ship’ from 1978. It is never boring, even after the thousandth time.
Life before and after Fac7
The serene yet lively theme of the Fac7 painting inspired Joan de Bot to a whole group of tasteful spin-offs: fashion prints, fashion designs, textiles – from silk scarves to bold tapestries – and pottery, all emphatically bearing the original Fac7 motif. There are prototypes that cannot wait to be put into production and sometimes they have already materialised and are for sale in her studio.
You can also simply inquire or order by contacting her online should she be travelling again.