- brief history of the wavelets -
Bart Drost introduced the 'wavelets' in his artworks during his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam. It was not the most relaxing time of his life. He had never thought of becoming an artist and during his childhood art was not a living thing in his family. Yes, operettas were played and every now and then an alcoholic painter came into the house to paint portraits of the family members. As payment, father Drost gave the painter paint and other materials.
Life at art school was tough! Drost struggled with emotions, unfulfilled desires, impossible infatuation, sexual identity, and so on. It was a very lonely time in a busy city where everyone seemed to live their lives lightly. Drost was drowning and desperate for a safe haven.
Boat at sea turned out to be a nice metaphor.
And naturally there were the 'wavelets' ...
The 'waveletss' will from then on show up again and again in Drost's art work. He gradually comes to call them 'winklings'. Predominantly blue they cover walls and canvases. Often as part of an installation, of a total work of art.