Combining old master techniques with contemporary subject matter, Sven Van Dorst tries to depict the beauty of everyday objects. His still lifes are rooted in the Flemish/Dutch painting tradition of the 15th and 17th century. Trained in several private studios, Sven Van Dorst still refines his technique by copying paintings and studying technical analysis of old master paintings.
All subjects are painted from life, this direct method of observation is crucial to depict the object's soul and accomplishing a convincing three-dimensional effect. The painter tries to 'portray' the objects in front of him, rendering their texture and reproducing their characteristics. Many of the painted subjects have a history and personality; shoes of a friend, worn out gloves or an old paint box. These ordinary objects have an artistic quality that the painter tries to capture and show to the viewer.
Sven Van Dorst also paints portraits, life size or on a miniature scale. His fascination for the human face resulted in several delicate portraits.
For more information about the painter, completed projects and past exhibitions, please click on Biography.

Nuts Detailshot

Nuts - Oil on panel - 40 x 40 cm

Orange Reflections Detailshot

Orange Reflections - Oil on panel - 18 x 30 cm

Music Please Detailshot

Music Please - Oil on panel - 70 x 60 cm

My Shoes Detailshot

My Shoes - Oil on panel - 50 x 60 cm

Oliver's Shoes Detailshot

Oliver's Shoes - Oil on panel – 50 x 60 cm

Shoes in the Studio Detailshot

Shoes in the Studio - Oil on Panel - 40 x 30 cm

Old Hands Detailshot

Old Hands - Oil on panel - 27 x 40 cm

De Distel Paint Box Detailshot

De Distel Paint Box - Oil on panel - 50 x 65 cm

Evening Light Detailshot

Evening Light - Oil on canvas - 70 x 50 cm

Damjan Detailshot

Damjan - Oil on canvas - 70 x 50 cm

Copy after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Detailshot

Copy after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
Oil on canvas - 70 x 40 cm

Self Portrait

Self Portrait - Oil on canvas – 30 x 20 cm