Mike Dings (‘s-Hertogenbosch) finds inspiration for his paintings in the classic genre of the Western, in particular Spaghetti Westerns. These Italian films appropriate the style of the Hollywood fantasy of the wild west. Mike plays a similar game in his series of paintings in which he depicts the typical iconography of Western movies. Similar to the movie makers of Spaghetti Westerns, Mike asks how much information do we need in an image to sketch a whole scene? Similarly to the process of movie making, his paintings are made in series and sequences where he transfers the monumentality of the filmic close up onto his canvasses. It is as if the artist is in dialogue with the moviemaker, explaining that he needs even less details to unfold the monumentality and iconography that triggers the fantasy of the cinematic version of the Wild West.

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