"Look at the stories they tell. My stories. And make them your own..."
Théo Schildkamp, in the words of the artist:
"A painter makes paintings. That is all that matters. To me, asking an artist to explain his work makes as much sense as asking a poet to explain his words.
"A painting stands alone. I ask you to simply observe what you see. Looking at my paintings, you see women in quiet areas, scenes from apparent everyday life. Situations that are possible, but not probable. My paintings represent a strange view on normal life. I create a different reality than the world in which we eat and drink.
"My paintings are symbolic—sometimes ironic, a bit absurd, and melancholic; oftentimes strange and dreamy; but always aesthetic.
'The female figures in my paintings are personifications of abstract concepts, such as love, loneliness, decay, impermanence, fate, and beauty. In visual arts, these concepts are traditionally depicted as women.
"Well, now I am doing that which I did not want—explaining my artwork!
"Just look at them. Look at the stories they tell. My stories. And make them your own stories."