‘De Grijper der Vlaggen’ (Painting 48)

The grand reveal has been done, thus the grand reveal on my website can now commence as well, but first…a bit of backstory.

This friend of mine, a former colleague, is building a new house which is nearing completion. In the early stages of the construction we had one night decided to get together and catch up. Then at some point he, thinking back probably meant as a joke, said he ‘naturally’ expected a painting for the house – both him and his wife (sitting next to him) know I’m somewhat of an enthusiast painter. I gave it a few seconds thought and went into it with sheer determination. Oh yes, not only was I going to create that painting, they would have no say in what it would be, or what colours I would use, and demanded that it would have be framed and placed in the living room (the latter part was mostly for laughs, I wouldn’t really go that far).

There was a combination of excitement and dread in both their eyes, which was quite enjoyable.

I made a few concepts shortly afterwards, but couldn’t make up my mind and was struggling. The realisation came months later when it finally dawned on me what it should represent. In theory, I could create ‘anything’, the sky is the limit when it comes to painting, but I wanted something personal. Something that would be interesting to look at but also symbolise our friendship…and that’s when it hit me.

He had this phrase when we were colleagues, ‘go get the flag‘, which he would utter regularly after any conversation and related context that revolved around completing something. In that time it was mostly work related, but the phrase is based off old FPS capture the flag games we both used to play as kids (and to some degree as adults), such as Unreal Tournament and Quake, where two teams fought each other and tried to capture the other team’s flag as many times as possible before the timer runs out.

So that is how it came to be, ‘De Grijper der Vlaggen‘ (translated, The Grabber of Flags), using the colours of his town’s flag, my 48th painting: