Consisting of Gijs Frieling — an artist known for creating large-scale murals that forge together decorative painting, folk art traditions, and religious iconography — and Job Wouters (a.k.a. Letman) — a practitioner of the lost art of psychedelic and delirious penmanship, known for his unbridled alphabetic experimentation — Freeling Waters operates between illustration, painting, graphic design and furniture design to achieve an aesthetic that transcends vernacular nostalgia.
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Pulling from the whimsical imagination of Frieling and technicolor, chirographic inclinations of Wouters, Freeling Waters’s contemplative take on up-cycling offers a palette of meticulously diced, vibrant, geometric patterns and organic decorations that seem to jump off the surface. Rooted in several painted furniture traditions, in which no surface is left exposed, antique cupboards and cabinets are stripped, renovated, and emblazoned inside and out with paint the artists made from pigments and casein glue — a fast-drying medium derived from milk protein that has been used to color everything from Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans to some of the earliest known paintings on canvas, from Tibet to ancient Egypt. The technique, which has been used for thousands of years, guarantees unrivaled color intensity and durability. Due to the paint’s fast-drying nature, there is no room for mistakes or retouches, no trial and error. “Painting is to surrender to the movements of your hands,” say the artists.