Created exclusively for Casa Cook Ibiza, “Sunset Essential (Cap Negret)” explores the interplay between realism and abstraction. Van Puyvelde spent a week exploring some of Ibiza’s secreted nooks and sourcing inspiration for his design. The final artwork is based on a photograph taken at sundown in the rugged outcrops of Cap Negret. Crafted using raw linen canvas and oil colours, Van Puyvelde wanted to create something dimensional. From a distance, you see a sunset, but as you get closer, you see 135 rectangles, each painted in unique oil colours – one for each room at Casa Cook Ibiza. The artwork took almost one month to complete and its raw, natural form echoes the Casa Cook design ethos, encouraging you to see beauty in the imperfections.
Remo Masala, Group Creative Director of Thomas Cook, said: "Art is essential in making a hotel unique. Tom's passion for his art is deep-rooted and mirrors the love and commitment we put into creating each of our hotels. It's about seeing beauty in the imperfections."
Tom Van Puyvelde is a Belgian artist with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Fine Arts. He spent the early years of his career experimenting with different styles and techniques, developing an authentic
artist vision of his own. Under the mentorship of international curator and museum director Jan Debbaut, Van Puyvelde developed a series of monochrome over-painted photo prints, representing a study of colour and the symbiosis between painting and photography. Today, he divides his time working on a multitude of different art installations and integrations. The core theme in Van Puyvelde’s work is colour – he relishes the nonlinear process of mixing and creating new colours. Using photographs as inspiration, each colour is utterly unique, crafted to be as close to nature as possible.