The Nature of Painting

Martijn Schuppers

In 2003, my friends Francis Boeske and Hans Gieles of the Amsterdam gallery VOUS ETES ICI (French for “You are here”) invited me to design their series of small catalogues. Each was to be a monograph dedicated to one of their artists. As most of the booklets only had around 40 pages, I proposed to add volume by using sturdy cardboard as front and back covers, with the title silkscreened in one colour. The spines were covered with black canvas. I chose a different typeface for each cover, each somehow referring to the artist’s work; the same type family became the secondary face of the interior typography.

Painter Martijn Schuppers’s catalogue was the third catalogue in the series. It was the second book on his work that I was involved in. A few years before, I started on a more substantial catalogue of his work, the first (and last) in a truncated series titled Early Monographs. As I was too busy to continue the book’s design and production, I passed it on to my friend and colleague Wim Westerveld.

Headlines: FF Cocon by Evert Boemsma
Body text face: LF Corpid by Lucas de Groot