Playing and working with material and emotion, those are the elements that put André Bikker in motion. His inspiring sources are diverse: the life of Christ, creation, artists like Rembrandt, Escher and Willink.
His roots as a graphic designer connect all these elements. He works in assignment for individuals, companies and churches. His autonomous work are the Jacob’s ladders and his engravings. As fire master he paints by burning into wood. He also enjoys working with people by giving creative training within his own art school.
André puts the children of South Africa in the spotlight in a positive way. By creating penetrating portraits in cheerful ways, he tries to show the surviving power of the street kids of South Africa.
The portraits are engraved by fire on wooden panels that have served as packaging material. The fire master burns exceptionally detailed portraits, while using a technique which is as uncontrollable as painting with fire.
The work is for sale under the motto of 50/50 Art. There is an obvious link with the liberation of children from slavery, which International Justice Mission is committed to. Just as this wood gets a second life as a work of art, the maker also wants to give (street-)children a second chance. For this reason half of the proceeds from the sale of the works ‘Party’ and ‘Strength’ go to the work of IJM in Ghana, where children are saved from forced labor in the fishing industry.