José van GOOL has always been intrigued and impassioned by human nature. The way people move –how they interact, and the way they fit into their own surroundings or into public places. Through her talent José passes on to us the emotions she has captured in her subjects. They can be walking on the beach at sunset, waiting for a train or strutting down the street wearing those long coats … they are walking into our lives… their feelings will be forever impressed on and expressed in our memories!
José van Gool’s paintings are playful, rich, and sometimes mournful gestures of a seductive world. A series of these paintings includes women wearing hats and posing in washes of golden yellow, auburn, and brick red. They appear to look out and confront the world, but in each case the brim of the hat casts a shadow, and the true expression in each woman’s eyes is left in doubt, leaving an impression of coquettishness and mystery.