Pieter Pander (1962) graduate work at the Minerva Academy in Groningen in the figurative tradition, but his touch is unlike many of his colleagues smooth and sketchy. Only parts are detailed in the presentation, making them come forward emphatically. Often, these are the eyes of humans and animals. The surface of the painting is prepared scrim, which is gray, so he can work from both the light and the dark side. With a wet sponge he then brings a base of acrylic. Lately he makes a irregular surface by the use of a burner with which it dries the wet paint quickly, but also so that parts peel off. When he started painting, he had an idea, which he puts on the canvas with a paintbrush. Then he paints preferably wet in wet, so he can continue working as long as he was inspired. Pander paints quickly and easily. He uses a limited palette of colors: mostly brown, blues, grays and whites. These are the colors that suit him and which he can convey intimacy and feeling. The personal use of color, but also the strong light dark force typifies Panders work and betrays the influence of his teacher Matthijs Roling. The contrast between the coarse and fine detailed parts on the canvas creates a interesting tense experience, so that the work viewed from afar and as well as a close up remains worth the effort.
The themes that Pander paints vary greatly depending on where his interest at that time lies. These may be images on tv, the rural landscape, the farm of his brother or his dog, who gets hurt. He does not himself have to focus on one specific topic. His animal studies have been known to a wide audience. Like his people he treats animals with respect and seeks to share that feeling with us. They are the animals of our culture, in our environment, but no less valuable. He imagines their vulnerability, their fear of perky or their faith in humanity. By choosing an unusual point of view without the prospect to do violence, he creates a certain alienation, so we suddenly see the animal from a new perspective. "Every animal has its own" portrait ", his own way of seeing and doing," he says. In his respect for animals and the way he imagines them, Pander shows his admiration for the painter Jan Mankes.