Niek Hendrix (1985, The Netherlands)
Oil and pencil on panel, 28,5×38 cm.
Niek Hendrix is an artist based in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He studied at the Sint Joost Academy in Breda and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. On his website, Lost Painters, Niek shares his personal journey through the art world. He was nominated for the Prix de Rome in 2013 and awarded with the Dutch Royal Award for Painting in 2017.
Niek decided to paint a bat out of sheer fascination. Although rarely visible to the naked eye, the bat has many unfortunate associations. In his own words: “it is a creature we know exists: we link it to many stories of vampires, we occasionally see it flash past in the dusk, but we rarely truly see it. In this sense the bat represents something much bigger than just the animal itself.” Today, the animal has an entirely new association, as the supposed origin of the COVID-19 virus. The work reminds us that whatever happens in the world, bats are part of it, as are mosquitos, earthquakes, and any kind of natural disaster. Yet, can they be blamed?
Courtesy Christine de Baan.