Joram Roukes was awarded a 'startstipendium' by Dutch arts fund BKVB in 2008. This enabled him to pay for an artist residency in Brooklyn, New York where he worked for 4 months, initiating his current line and body of work.
Joram Roukes' large oil paintings are build-ups or collages of inner-city figures
and characters. Blending multiple stylistic elements and references to
subcultural groups or popular culture intricately in comprehensive and colorful
compositions, the resulting figures try to put across a shaky view of todays
western society. Their messages are easily misunderstood or misinterpreted by
the viewer, leaving them with a little bit to contemplate over, putting the pieces
together. Ultimately, this enables the viewer to project his or her own points of
view onto the paintings, further dialoging with it and perhaps even re-establish
their position in current themes in society.