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welcome to the artspace of ernst kruijff

I am a Dutch artist creating contemporary art. For 30 years, I have been exploring various creative areas. In the mid eighties, I started painting, taking lessons from the well-known Dutch artist Jan de Kok. He introduced me to painting with tempera to create numerous vibrant paintings. Simultaneously, I entered the art of illustration, designing infographics for educational software ... in the age where every pixel still counted.

In the first half of the nineties, I studied art history and aided in the creation of corporate identities that included everything from paper material to art objects and clothing. At the same time, I did art reproduction and some occasional documentary photography. Furthermore, my work was showcased in a several exhibitions in the Netherlands.

Over the years, I have altered and refined my style. Sources of inspiration can particularly be recognized in my paintings. Bauhaus artists such as Lyonel Feininger have greatly impressed me. This was certainly promoted by to the several years I spent working at Bauhaus in Weimar, where I worked at the Faculty of Architecture and was daily infused with a healthy dose of art and architecture.

Nowadays, I blend the usage of acrylic paint with paint markers (and other media) to contrast the fluidity and vibrancy of painting with the clarity of drawing, often enhancing the structure and dynamicity of compositions. Thereby I not only take up inspiration of Bauhaus artists, but also from modern structures (architecture and city layout), and patterns and pictorial elements from modern illustrative art and design objects, in particular those from Japan and the Nordic countries.

If you are interested in my creative endeavors, feel free to browse through the website. I have been fortunate to regularly sell my artworks. Meanwhile, my artwork can be found in Europe, USA and Canada in private collections and corporate buildings. Hence, as you will see, the website is always in progress, with new content gradually appearing. I also take commissions, so I'd be more than happy if you contact me!

Ernst Kruijff

Sankt Augustin, Germany


I always welcome commissions or interest in my existing work! Feel free to contact me if you are interested. Below you find a showcase of recent clients.


American Airlines

Commission, Gagnaire Art for Corgan architects / American Airlines, USA, corporate building, modified reproduction, 2015.



Commission, Mike Hammer, Denmark, modified reproductions, 2015.


Hotel Viking

Commission, Saatchi for Hotel Viking Rhode Island luxury hotel, USA, modified reproduction, 2019.


Dancing Swallows

Commission, Dancing Swallows, Ontario, Canada, reproduction of artwork for wine label, 2019. 

Online galleries

If you are interested in purchasing an artwork, feel free to browse the following online galleries, or contact me directly.


Saatchi art

Saatchi Art is an online art gallery and artist network, based in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest galleries for artists in the world. 



Based in London and Miami, Artfinder is another large online gallery serving fine art. 


Fine Art America

An online gallery that predominantly serves the North American market, also through additional art products such as canvas prints and textiles.  



An online art gallery that has a focus on European contemporary artists.

Exhibitions and Editor's picks

A selection of exhibitions and editors' picks of online galleries


Het Labyrint exhibitions (1996-1998)

Multiple exhibitions by my former mentor Jan de Kok in Culemborg, the Netherlands
(Image: Jan de Kok)


Artfinder Editors' Picks (2020)

Editors' Pick by Julia Alvarez, founder and director of BEARSPACE Gallery London, on


Design Art Concepts Exhibition (2020)

An Overwhelming Experience: The Human - Earth Relationship, an online  exhibition, organised by DAC in Miami. This virtual group exhibition features work made in a wide variety of mediums from just over 60 artists. These pieces of art- ranging from taxidermy to abstract paintings and digital prints to collages- were birthed from the creative minds of artists from all over the world who boldly expressed their opinions for viewers to ponder over and consider their own individual relationship with nature. This two-way street is multifaceted and complex as everyone experiences and engages with nature in their own way according to their own needs, wants, and values.


For over 30 years, I have been creating contemporary art, nowadays with acrylics and art markers. In my works of art, I always try to create interesting, dynamic and compositions, using vibrant colors and multiple layers of geometric and non-geometric forms and strong linework and edgy shapes to create depth and versatile structures. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

ernst kruijff
Am Schiedsberg 10
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany


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Ernst Kruijff
Am Schiedsberg 10
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

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