Frits Dang was born in 1953 in Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
and grew up in Rotterdam. He started drawing (a skill that was
self-developed) at a young age. Drawing was not enough for him,
so he started painting, first in watercolours sometimes in combination
with pen and ink, which was quickly followed by oil painting.
He was inspired to surrealism after seeing works of Salvador
Dali, Karel Willink and Wim Schumacher.
Frits Dang also does realistic works, mostly on order for clients.
His love of animals can be seen throughout most of his realistic
work. At the bottom of this page you can find some examples
of his realistic works.
His passion will always be for surrealism.
Both his surrealistic and realistic works have been bought
by private collectors.
Originality and own style and technique" are of vital
importance in his work.
I work with acrylic on MDF paint panel.
My work has to be done properly and as professionally as possible
in order to produce a painting that will be durable.
I paint layer on layer in a glacis technique that eventually produces
the desired unity of representation and surface.
Transparency and three dimensionality, a shimmer filtering through
and accentuation, contours formed and flat surfaces filled in, all
become one totality within the framework.
The under painting and final finishing are time consuming.
Each painting is made on a bearer, thus giving a strong, stable and
durable surface, where the paint can be put on.
I have chosen MDF paint panel because it is the stiffest material
that one can get, disadvantage is, it is quite heavy.
The bearer continually changes somewhat in form and size.
To make the bearer suitable for painting I prepare it with gesso which
forms a buffer between the bearer and the paint.
The gesso is put on in a few crosswise layers, on the front, back
and sides of the bearer.
According to the end result that I want to achieve, determines whether
ground colour will well/or not be used.
The undercoat colour is predetermined with the tonality of the subject
and gives uniformity to the painting by shining through the next coats
Then the drawing is printed on the prepared bearer with the help of
The drawing is then with paint elaborated and placed on the painting.
In the under painting the volumes are modelled.
The places where the light falls are determined with the exception
of the high light and the deepest shadow also height and depth these
are done later.
The under painting comprises of very little colour and is finished
with a medium mat and a little white.
Now follows a layer of paint wherein careful colour (transparent or
half transparent) and some details are added.
Followed by few coats of medium paint to protect the colours.
The painting is completed with a few final coats of varnish.