An Eye for Art: Rinaldo Klas, ‘Goudkoorts III’

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed a new, informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This time he discusses the painting ‘Goudkoorts III’ [Gold fever III], acrylics on canvas, 187 cm wide x 144 cm high, 2012, by Rinaldo Klas.

Rinaldo Klas, 'Goudkoorts III’ [Gold fever III], acrylics on canvas, 187 cm wide x 144 cm high, 2012 | PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2012
Rinaldo Klas, ‘Goudkoorts III’ [Gold fever III], acrylics on canvas, 187 cm wide x 144 cm high, 2012 | PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2012
Rinaldo Klas (Moengo, 1954) has once said that he has a responsibility as an artist.  He feels the need to make the viewer aware of the fact that he can’t do without nature, and should thus treat nature with respect. In ‘Goudkoorts III’ from 2012 he portrays that  commitment. He refers to the feverish urge to search for gold in order to make money, at any cost. That in doing so a part of Suriname’s interior is consciously destroyed and its population exposed to mercury poisoning, is apparently less important.

Rinaldo Klas might have a clear message,  but he knows from his yearlong experience that the visual translation thereof is of great importance to the ultimate effect. Several years ago he defended to me, the foundation of a museum for contemporary art in Paramaribo. He said that is was essential for students and artists to become familiar with international artistic expressions. As a source of information, as a frame of reference, but also to see how they measure up. With ‘Goudkoorts III’ he sets the right example. In this work he has chosen for simple, clear imagery. No unnecessary details, no unnecessary nuances, the symbolism is reduced to a minimum. Omission as a means to stimulate the fantasy of the viewer. The emotion is hidden within the loose brush strokes and the colors. With this style he shows affinity with colleagues such as  Koen Vermeule and Robert Zandvliet, but also with international artists such as the Americans Henry Taylor and Bob Thompson and the Belgian Luc Tuymans. In the latter he will also recognize the engagement. By allowing and processing these international influences, he (once again) succeeds in further developing his own artistry.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Brooklyn, January 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

For more information about Rinaldo Klas please visit the website

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on February 12, 2014 and was published in Cultuur Enzo in de Ware Tijd on February 12, 2014.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website:


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