The creative process, the choice of materials and the pictorial strategy – understood as modus operandi – play a fundamental role and are initially positioned as essential substrates for each new creation. Van Lith considers the canvas on which a painting is made as important as the material with which he paints it; and aspects such as materiality, the originality of the act, the relationship between gestural time and timelessness of the work, and the luminosity granted to the physicality of the painting, unquestionably cover all his work.
In this series of paintings, Van Lith explores the first painting gesture. Inspired by the cave paintings of "Cueva de las Manos" in Argentina 9000-13000 years ago, where man painted and imprinted stenciled contours of hands on the walls of caves. Van Lith plays with foreground and background and with positive and negative image. But above all this work is an homage to the first figurative painting.