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De Mensjes

Oil paintings on canvas of faces. They are painted decoratively in different attractive colour combinations. As the small paintings are ďŹ nished on all sides, there is no need for a frame. The idea is to hang groups of ‘Little People’ together as desired. You can hang them in a long row or form a rectangle, depending on where you want to display them. They come in groups of 2 to ... pieces and some are also for sale individually. By bringing them together you create an audience that watches you from the living room, kitchen or any other place. They are little men and women, whom you can pair up as you wish.


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LEGAL TRADE IN HUMAN BEINGS THROUGH THE INTERNET As from now, you can admire a large number of unique works of art at the ‘De Mensjes’ web shop and order them online. If you want to see the complete range of oil paintings, just visit www.demensjes.be. There you will find images, useful information, prices and the various possibilities of having the paintings promptly delivered at home. Sabine Van Paemel studied art at Hogeschool Sint-Lucas in Ghent. She has been running an art and antiques shop in Leke (Diksmuide, Belgium) for many years. Since 2003 she has also been active as a painter. To date, she has produced an ever increasing collection of oil paintings, all in the same clearly recognizable style, which she gave the appropriate name ‘De Mensjes’ (the Little People). Contrary to gestures, the meaning of which may vary in different cultures, people all over the world can accurately identify six basic emotions by means of facial expression: anger, joy, sadness, fear, disgust and surprise. However, there are many more other feelings that cannot

be gathered solely from facial expressions, such as envy, satisfaction, uncertainty, guilt, regret, suspicion, disappointment and distrust. With the ‘Little People’ the artist succeeds wonderfully well in expressing more than just basic emotions. Background, colour tone, headwear and a glimpse of clothing each give additional information on the depicted character. And what seemed a simple painting at first, suddenly becomes a true mystery. The wide range of unique oil paintings in various primary colours makes it possible to display the works of art as a diptych, triptych, tetraptych or polyptych. This way the decorative aspect is intensified and the spectator perceives an additional emotional dimension.

Remark for the editors: for more information you can contact Sabine Van Paemel, Lekedorpstraat 13, 8600 Leke-Diksmuide, phone: +32 (0) 51 50 50 65 ; info@sabinevanpaemel.be


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De Mensjes


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De Mensjes


De Mensjes


De Mensjes


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behind

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De Mensjes De Mensjes

(‘Little People’)

For a short time now, artist Sabine Van Paemel has been selling her paintings entitled ‘De Mensjes’ (‘Little People’) online through her web shop. At the website www.demensjes.be you will find the complete range of her unique oil paintings. If you take a quick glance at her website, you will notice at once that she only paints faces, one stranger than the next. Sabine Van Paemel is passionate about painting and talks fervently about her ‘Little People’. “Drawing and painting are just in my blood. As a toddler I was already fascinated by faces. I remember how I got hold of a red pencil in my bed once and spontaneously I began to scribble funny little figures all over the walls of my room. I think that the ‘Little People’ were already born then. During my childhood years I was also constantly doing creative things: drawing, handicrafts, painting… A day was never long enough for me. As a fourteen-yearold girl I even sold some paintings. Unfortunately, drawing was pushed into the background after my art education. I was on the threshold of real life and since it is not easy for a starting artist to make ends meet, little or no time remained for my greatest passion.”

head is completely empty before I start painting a face. Every time again I am curious myself what the new ‘Little person’ will look like. In the painting process the figures gradually start to resemble human beings. Every ‘Little person’ has a typical facial expression, is dressed festively or just emanates simplicity. This way, I give all of them their own personality. Thanks to the wide variety in my work, everyone can find something to his/her liking. It makes me feel so good when I see how much my ‘Little People’ cheer some people up. This is why I do it, after all.” “It used to be that when I was going to sleep and closed my eyes, I would not count sheep, but I would always see faces. Since I am actually painting them, I fall asleep without seeing faces, as if my mind wanted to make it clear to me what to do… Time and again, the diversity of mankind in itself gives me the possibility to paint another face. The millions of different faces on our globe are my source of inspiration. I really cannot imagine life without painting. I long for my brush every day. ‘Little People’ are my joie de vivre.”

‘De Mensjes’ are my ‘joie de vivre’

“I had always said I would take up painting again when I would be retired, but my husband did not think that was a good idea. According to him there was a possibility that I would tremble so much by then that even holding a brush would be difficult. He gave me an introduction pack ‘Oilpainting for Beginners’ for my fortieth birthday, a quiet hint… During a trip to Zeeland in 2003 I developed an itch for painting again, although the painting bug had never really left me. Ever since I have been painting every day. I still get such a blissful feeling when I can express myself creatively. While I am painting, I lose myself in the canvas and the world around me fades away.” “Faces hold great attraction for me. They are in my subconscious and simply flow onto the canvas with a few simple lines. The less I reflect on it, the better it goes. My

Author: Tone Vannieuwkerke Visit the web shop at www.demensjes.be For more information, please contact: Sabine Van Paemel Lekedorpstraat 13 - 8600 Leke-Diksmuide phone: +32 (0)51.50.50.65 info@sabinevanpaemel.be


My small people in a realisation off Pieter Porter


My small people in a realisation off Pieter Porter


My small people at www.bistropakhuis.be


Sabine Van Paemel Diksmuide 1964 Studies Decoration at the Maricolen institute in Bruges Publicity and photography at Hogeschool Sint-Lucas in Ghent Profession I own an antiques and interior decoration shop specialised in patined furniture and antique English small furniture and decoration Autodidact On 23 August 2003 I started painting faces in oil paint on canvas which I called ‘De Mensjes’ (the Little People). Web shop I set up a web shop to sell my paintings.


Sabine Van Paemel Lekedorpstraat 13 B-8600 Leke-Diksmuide E: info@demensjes.be T:+32(0)51 50 50 65 www.demensjes.be

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