the artist Paul Christiaan Bos

Paul Christiaan Bos

Born september 4 1956 in Haarlem
Methods and techniques: oils, acrylics, charcoal, pencil,
watercolour, silverpoint and mixed media
         Paul Christiaan Bos, born in Haarlem in 1956, chose to use five hundred year old techniques in his work, as they are for him the only way to depict, as intensely as possible, the power of a landscape, or the character of a person or animal. He had to find out these nearly forgotten techniques for himself. His choice forces him moreover to make his own paints. From famous reference books, manuscripts from the Renaissance and furthermore contacts with the Restoration Department of the Rijksmuseum, he over the years finally learned to make his materials the right way.

Paul Christiaan Bos puts extreme demands on his work. It is not so much the detailing it is all about, as the colour and the "intrinsic light", that the paint has to have for him. To get that the artist has to work in layers. To bring the paint to life and to make it, as it were, radiate light, a so-called "whitening", made from his special tempera, is put between every layer. PCBos working in his studio, beginning of the eighties of the previous century This tempera is made from rare balsams and the eggs from a certain breed of chicken (a 16th century variety), who for this purpose are fed with a special diet. The pigments Paul Christiaan Bos uses are often made from hand-excavated minerals. Only this way can he achieve his goal, viz. that the "sunlight" comes from within the paint as it were. His works are to be found in private collections all over the world.
Since the spring of 2011 Paul Christiaan Bos has devoted himself fully to his "Owlery Project", an "intense search for echoes of the primeval truth in ourselves". In 2012 he met with a serious car accident, which made it impossible to continue his old, highly intensive way of working. He had to figure out a totally different way of working. It was at this time that his "Owlery Project" proved it could be not only a source of inspiration, but a salvation as well. In addition the artist started to write about the Owls.

With the advice and help of biologists the Owlery Project started with the building of a large, so-called Owlery - a protected natural place where a pair can bring up their young in safety. The two Barn Owls who live there, Coppernickle and Feline, as well as Barn Owls from surrounding villages, that use the Owlery and the excellent hunting grounds round it often as an assembly point, are being carefully and unobtrusively observed by Paul Christiaan Bos from within hide-outs. From the beginning of this project the artist keeps a diary over the owls and takes notes about their behaviour, making beautiful sketches and extraordinary paintings of them.

a page from the book  -Garden of Owls- from artist/writer Paul Christiaan Bos, published by Uitgeverij Noordboek In 2015 the result of all this was the first book, "The Owl Diary", a book wherein the text alternates with the sketches, observations, drawings and paintings from The Owlery Project. Begin November 2016 the second book, "Garden of Owls", appeared.
In both books, published by Uitgeverij Noordboek/Friese Pers Boekerij from the Netherlands, artist and writer Paul Christiaan Bos tries to make the reader experience as much as possible the direct, real moment of being there and seeing, hearing and smelling.