Introduction to the work of Paul Dikker
Paul Dikker (1959) is an independent, internationally oriented visual artist. He finished his art studies in 1984 at the State Academy of Fine Arts (Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten) and graduated with distinction from his studies in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam in 1985. Since 1997 Paul Dikker has been travelling frequently through Spain and Portugal, where he also worked and lived for a while. Since 2006 he has been painting in Norway for at least three months a year. In 2007 the Oslo Museum organized a solo exhibition with his paintings. In 2010 the publishing house Aschehoug Forlag (Oslo) released the book 'Alt det som er' (Everything there is), for which Paul Dikker worked together with the Norwegian writer Bjørn Sortland.
Very few artists in the Netherlands are able to make a living from their art. Paul Dikker is one of them. He has been supporting himself as an artist without any state subsidy. His formal figurative paintings are unique and personal, they cannot easily be reduced to one particular artistic style. Landscape has become more and more the central theme in his paintings. It is the silence and grandiosity that appeal to him: the mountains, the sea and the clouds as they are by themselves. His cautious, silent paintings can be considered a mirror of indifferent, capitalist modernity.
Dikker creates about twenty paintings a year. The paintings are carefully
produced using the finest materials. The colour fields are of brilliant
intensity, due to the use of many thin layers of oil or acrylic paint.
In May 2006 his painting ‘Somewhere else’ has been chosen as the third best Dutch work of art of the past 50 years.
A troupe of 26 well-known experts, empanelled of museum directors, art collectors en art lovers, has selected 50 prominent works of art which, are according to them representative for the development of the visual arts in the past 50 years. The Dutch population was asked afterwards to vote for the best one. Paul Dikkers work of art was the first painting on the short list and it belongs to the Shell art collection.
Paul Dikker has done numerous projects on commission. Once a year he disseminates a newsletter, the so-called WAW-message. He organizes meetings and writes articles about art, culture and related issues. His paintings can be found in the collections of the Province North-Holland, the University of Amsterdam, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, City of Diemen, ING-bank, Shell, Oslo Museum (Norway) and many other companies and private persons in Belgium, Curacao, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and the United States.