Roland Aalbers’s paintings are about space, light and time. Connected themes that are essential, elusive and mysterious. They are also the basic features of painting for Aalbers. However, perspective is virtually avoided in his abstract paintings.
Spaciousness and time are shaped by differences in paint thickness, which naturally arises from the explorative and therefore richly layered painting process. Color as a luminous element and differences in surface structure further contribute to this.
Aalbers’s musical background as a classically trained pianist may not be immediately visible, but it does play a role. For example, the musical elements of abstraction and time are present in his paintings.