Billy Foley is my favourite abstract painter.
It was on Saturday, June 12, 1999 that I for the
first time saw a painting by him, and that painting took me by surprise, and
I still consider it as my favourite.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2004, I went to a
"Qua art - qua science" meeting held at the faculty club of the University of
Twente, where Billy Foley was one of the speakers. Because of the 25th
anniversary of art gallery "Beeld en Aambeeld", the owners of the gallery,
Karel Betman en Martha Haveman, asked fifty artists to make a piece of art
in relation to a person or organisation they admire. Billy Foley was on of
these artists and the person he admired was the Nobel prize winner
who got the prize because of his work on elemental particles, like quarks.
On Saturday, July 6, 2013, I went to see works by
him in gallery WVIII. There were four large painting and seven smaller paintings.
The smaller paintings are recent works made in the past year, with very light
strokes in bright colours. The four larger works resemble works he made a long
time ago, using mostly black paint with some red accents.
On Saturday, July 20, 2013, I went there again.
Kunst in het Volkspark
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, I saw some of his works
in the tent of Beeld en Aambeeld at the open air art show Kunst in