Gijs Frieling. Vernacular Painting

Book coverGijs Frieling. Vernacular Painting
Book coverGijs Frieling. Vernacular Painting
Book coverGijs Frieling. Vernacular Painting
Book coverGijs Frieling. Vernacular Painting

What struck the panel first about this book is the printing process: the printing has been done with a Risograph, a kind of stencil duplicator that needs special ink. This, in combination with the paper, produces a velvety effect and a unique visual and tangible feel that is perfect for Frieling’s art.

The book was published on the occasion of an exhibition in the Cobra Museum and Frieling’s award of the Cobra Kunstprijs Amstelveen. In Amstelveen Frieling created a large installation, a painted room in the museum, as he has elsewhere. His work evokes an exotic world full of animals and plants and colourful paradisiacal scenes with elements of vernacular painting and other iconographic sources. In a way that is as effective as it is unpretentious the book offers us a window into this world full of ornaments and decorations, helped by Job Wouters with his hand-painted and hand-drawn lettering.

The result does handsome justice to the layeredness and tactility of Frieling’s work. In its design and execution the book underlines the casual and ephemeral nature of Frieling’s murals. At no point does it become top-heavy – despite being an overview of his oeuvre – and at every point the sense of the manual labour that went into the work is made tangible.

Edition: 2009
Language: English
Publisher / commissioner: Valiz, Amsterdam
Designer: Job Wouters
Lithographer: Knust/Nijmeegse Universele, Nijmegen
Printer: Extrapool, Nijmegen, Knust/Nijmeegse Universele, Nijmegen
Binder: Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen
Dimensions: 210 x 296 x 10
Amount of pages: 80 p.
Number of copies: 1,100
Price: € 25
ISBN: 978 90 78088 37 0
Font and foundry: Humanist, brush-painted and gouache letters by Job Wouters aka Letman
Binding style: sewn soft cover, cold glued
Material: 100gsm Munken Print Cream 1.5 (interior), 240gsm Officio, cream (cover)