Daan Roukens is a Dutch visual artist, known for his diverse and colourful abstract self-portraits. He portrays what is going on in his head in an abstract way and therewith reflects on daily life. Roukens continuously experiences a restless feeling as a result of the tension between order and chaos. When he experiences too much chaos, he lets his obsessive perfectionism run free and if that structure becomes too dominant, he will add chaos again.
It’s the alternating choice for both, but he never opts for one and experiences the moment of in-between as sublime. Roukens searches for that in-between experience and feels the strong need to take the viewer into this process. By means of patterns, colour and abstraction, he paints the doubt and aims to make that conflict visible and perceptible. The artwork is a translation of his controlled chaos that reflect everyday dilemmas. A mirror, in which the viewer can determine how he sees himself.