The paint strokes that Bas Lobik puts on the canvas come to life according to the laws of gravity. The surfaces are stacked on top of each other, first as wide as the support, then with increasingly smaller boundaries. What remains in the middle is a narrow residual space, like a passage or an opening. The final image seems to be forced to emerge, but the deeper experience of the painter lurks in the time-consuming creation process. We may also regard this image as the curtain of a theatre. While time is ticking, and the paint is dripping, there behind the layers of paint, a drama could be performed.
Lobik himself also regards his architectural construction as an archetypal space, such as a roof, house or cathedral: boundaries that offer lasting protection. He follows the line of his thoughts or the thought follows the lines. It is a continuous meditative process. A daily presence in his studio with enduring reflections on the progress guarantees that everything will be fine. His surrender to this routine work also takes care of the harmony in the painting.
The paintings with the stripes they are called in short. With lines that are mainly painted vertically and have a somewhat formal appearance, but which are also very sensitive at the same time. If you have looked closely at Bas Lobik's work, you will find that the series of layers of paint remains on the retina for a long time. Perhaps even to an unfathomable eternity.