After a heavy car accident Peter van Oostzanen lost his connection to time and space for a while. He saw the strangest visions. This period is the starting point for his surreal and magical realistic paintings. He combines casual images with deep emotions and plain fun. The title of this painting translates into “done flying”, but also into “flew out”. It shows two birds unable to fly – they’re dead – and a young woman vulnerable and without the direct protection of her parental home. The feathers of the pigeon symbolise femininity and the spirit of life.
Peter van Oostzanen is both a gifted painter and storyteller. There is always much more to his paintings than what you see at first glance. His techniques are the same as those from many Dutch masters. After the initial painter follow a lot of layers to create depth and liveliness.