In “Gilded Luminescence,” André Romijn takes us on a mesmerizing journey through the realm of classic portraiture, infused with a touch of modernity. As a master of evoking emotion through the delicate play of brushstrokes and colour palettes, Romijn has once again proven his artistic prowess in this stunning piece.

Gilded Luminescence by Andre Romijn

The first element that captivates the viewer’s attention is the luxurious application of gold leaf. Romijn, channelling techniques reminiscent of the Byzantine era and its religious iconography, envelops the subject in an ethereal glow. The gold serves not merely as a backdrop but as a halo of reverence, casting the portrait’s subject into a realm of divinity. This choice is a testament to Romijn’s understanding of art history and his ability to weave historical influences into contemporary pieces.

An Enigma

The subject herself, with her refined features and contemplative gaze, becomes an enigma. Romijn’s exquisite attention to detail, particularly in the nuanced shading of her complexion and the meticulous rendering of her expressive eyes, evokes a deep sense of introspection. Her subtle yet impactful expression speaks of resilience, wisdom, and perhaps a touch of melancholy. One wonders what thoughts linger behind those eyes, what tales she could share.

Gilded Luminiscence

What is particularly captivating is the duality presented within the piece. The use of gold leaf bestows an almost divine aura upon the subject, yet her expression, poised between contemplation and melancholy, grounds her in reality. This balance between the celestial and the earthly creates a poignant tension within the piece, urging viewers to reflect on the nature of beauty, divinity, and the human experience.


The texture differences between the velvety smoothness of the skin and the almost tactile roughness of the gold leaf create a sensory depth that invites viewers to not only observe but to immerse themselves fully in the experience. Romijn’s understanding of the interplay between texture and emotion is palpable here.

Gilded Luminescence

In essence, “Gilded Luminescence” stands as a testament to André Romijn’s commitment to pushing boundaries in portraiture. While rooted in classical techniques and inspired by historical art movements, the painting is undeniably fresh and contemporary in its approach. It serves as a reminder of the timeless beauty of the human spirit and the artist’s unending quest to capture its essence on canvas.


  • Size (h w): 26 x 21 cm
  • Framed Size (h w): 49 x 40 x 4.5 cm

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This is one of three paintings by André Romijn as part of UNSEEN REALITY, an international contemporary art exhibition, which will take place 16 November – 3 December at Museo de Villa Paolina – Viareggio (LU), Italy.