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.
In my paintings, I experiment with and mix different media. Nowadays, I blend the usage of
sumi-e ink, acrylic paint and acrylic paint markers (as well as, occasionally other media like threading) 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!
Commission, Mike Hammer, Denmark, modified reproductions, 2015.
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.
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