Casper’s work deals with beauty as well as melancholy. His women are aesthetic archetypes, but are portrayed behind and extra layer of either fog or glass, that creates a distance between the admirer and the subject. Casper technically reinforces this feeling of nostalgia by adding a layer of craquelure: by placing a layer of fast-drying acrylic paint on a layer of slow-drying oil paints, the surface ‘cracks’ and a dark coat of paint further highlights this sense of longevity.
By implementing this technique, Casper refers to the tradition theme of ‘Vanitas’, widely used in 17th-century painting: unlit candles, withered flowers, bubbles, skulls, fallen glasses and other symbols that represent the transience of earthly existence. By working with these traditional artistic subjects and themes, Casper places himself in a long line of painters who have transferred inspiration from one generation to the next