Justin van den Berg
Justin van den Berg is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. He creates realistic still life paintings inspired by his surroundings and everyday experiences using oil colours.
“My work is to convey the simple joys available to us all in our surroundings. We should take a moment to stop and look for them.”
About Justin van den Berg
Justin van den Berg is a still life painter based in Sydney, Australia. He paints realistic still life paintings of his home and endeavours to capture the spontaneous image of the objects as they first caught his eye on his canvas.
Justin works from his kitchen studio in Sydney and draws inspiration from his home and surroundings. He paints different subjects with bold colours and compositions to portray his ability to find delight in everyday life.
Justin initially started with water colours and then switched to acrylics. He later decided he wanted to try to work with oil colours, but soon found out he was allergic to the solvents you have to use with oil paints.
He then came across our line of Cobra oil colours: water-mixable oil colours so he could work with his beloved oil paints, without having to use harmful solvents. He likes using oil colours over other types of paint since the colours stay true to their original form and the integrity of the brush strokes remain.
“The greatest success in my career would actually be when I realize that someone has seen my painting, that they have smiled and I have made them happy. That for me is the best response that I can ever have to my work. That is the success I am looking for.”
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"Something I cannot live without in my studio would be the colour Prussian Blue. It is something that is used all the time in my artwork because the name delights me and the colour itself does as well, so it is something I could not live without."