The works by Bas Nijenhuis are determined by two aspects: a great fascination for painting technique itself and at the same time the content. The latter is mostly about the qualities of light.
Without light there is no life on earth. This light is also what gives life to a painting. Capturing this light is a denominator in his work. Life and ‘animation’ are searched for in the subject: images with a psychological side, intimate and subdued. Oftentimes humans, children or objects are depicted as a vessel for this search. These are all portraits as it were: portraits of an inner world. Both of the subject as of the painter. A meditation on life and all aspects.
The technical side is a great motivator too. To find out what paint can do. Simple matter, but endless possibilities. Thick, thin, opaque, transparent, color and structures. In his works the enjoyment in experimenting with these is noticeable. That streaks of paint and color - in essence very abstract - can form a reality and marvel on their own is for him the true magic of painting!