Rob Niezen

The night time is a different time: behaviour changes, perception changes. We can leave the reality of the day behind, reflect on it, or hide from it. The night brings uneasiness, but it also brings possibilities.

My nightscapes show my fascination with this other world; created and accentuated by neon and traffic lights. The compositions in oil on canvas borrow from the randomly scattered light plays I find in cities and small towns: the patterns, the juxtapositions, the blending, the subtle and the bright. The reflections of wet surfaces on rainy nights make the colours explode, emphasizing our theatrical surroundings and our state of mind. This is a world we seek to escape to from the harsh light of reality: real, and at the same time surreal. It engulfs us and leaves us with mysteries.