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About the artist
Ingrid Baars graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art in Rotterdam and worked as an independent illustrator and photographer, showing her work in Galleries from the year 2000 onwards.
In 2010 she halted all commercial activities and devoted herself to her artistic development.
She was nominated multiple times and published in international design and art magazines since 2005.
Her work is characterised by a photographic collage style that she kept developing throughout her career (already won her the Illustration Year Award in 1997) and became very apparent in her solo shows e.g. about Face, Inside/Outside, Artist Lovers, etc.
In 2011 Ingrid started her African series ‘Afrique’ drawn to the aesthetics of black women and classical African sculptures.
Twelve years ago, Ingrid embarked on a series of works inspired by classical African art and black women. There was no political or social agenda driving her at the time, her motivation was solely rooted in a profound fascination for the aesthetics of both.
African art, with its boundless artistic freedom in portraying the human form, served as a wellspring of inspiration for me. Additionally, the sculptural and distinctly pronounced features of black women have a profound artistic charm, which I find alluring.
As time progressed, a social element gradually interwove itself into my work when Ingrid began to receive positive and often emotionally charged responses from black men and women.
Ingrid realized her work could have an impact, that through her art she could contribute something by emphasizing the beauty of black women especially in her series of Black Madonna’s.*
This series is harking back to the tradition of the Madonna/Virgin Mary, a central figure in religious and artistic traditions for centuries.
She represents motherhood, divine grace, compassion, sacrifice and offers solace and support to those who identify with her image.
Ingrid depicts her often with tears, tears as a means of underscoring the notion that vulnerability and the expression of emotions are not indicative of weakness but rather emblematic of strength, resilience and the determination to overcome challenges.
Her process is experimental, intuitive. She does not have a preconceived notion of what the outcome will be; molding, folding, building, combining, applying streaks and blobs of color… She’s curious to discover what will happen.
“When I’m at work I become a part of it. I’m stepping into my work. I’m not fully aware of what I’m doing. I don’t have rules, nor methods. I’m observing and studying, I’m pushing myself to find an alchemy between me and my subject until I am my subject, until my soul melts into my art.”
Ingrid Baars paintings have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Criticaletteraria, Zaniah, Four Magazine, Shot Magazine, Upscale Living, Image, Huffington Post, Talk, Life and Artstyle Magazine, and, Villa d’Arte, Bleaq, L’Afrique, VanderLinden, Madamoiselle, Another Africa, Art and Culture, Valentine Plisnier, The Economist, The Word, ASVOF, New York Beacon, Cutting Edge, MAGMA Brand design Germany, New Industry Arts, Illusive 3, 200 Best Illustrators World Wide, All Alure, Eneco Energy Co.