of affairs, 2012
2012 the WAW has been published. This new magazine contains amongst
others an interview with me, written by Harper T. Jensen, pictures
of my paintings recently made in Ålvik, Norway, photographs
of the Norwegian landscape, my Norwegian friends and other artists
in residence. The Australian poet Ross Donlon wrote a poem inspired
by one of my paintings.
2012 I will work again as an artist in residence in the little village
Ålvik in Hardanger. In September 2012 Wim van den Toorn and
I will exhibit our Norwegian paintings in Gallery Harding Puls,
Norheimsund, I am looking forward to our collaboration. Summer 2011
I worked for the first time in this beautiful area in Kunsthuset
Messen for a period of three months. I had a magnificent view at
the Hardangerfjord. Nothing is going on there, so I am almost completely
isolated, which is a marvelous condition to concentrate on my painting.
2011 I have had several shows of my paintings in the Netherlands.
I also did an artist talk to explain my motives, developments and
opinions about art. I also had a presentation of my work in Ålvik
and participated in a groupexhibition in Norheimsund.
Interviews and articles about my work have been published in 2011
in several papers and magazines, like Bergen Magazine, Villa d'Arte,
Straatjournaal and Atelier. The famous Willem Kuipers from Galery
Memling tried to analyse my paintings in an article published on
I also had several radio interviews.
a Belgian book published November 2011, I wrote an article about
being both an artist and an entrepreneur. My contribution has also
been translated into French. I also wrote an article about art and
reality for a book about art and science, published by Leiden University
reach a broader audience I started to make high quality digital
prints from a selection of my paintings. These so-called gicleeprints
are made by an experienced printer and personally signed and numbered
2010 I started with a weblog (in Dutch). See
I am also on facebook where I show my daily activities as an artist.
For my friends on facebook I sometimes have special offers.
2010 our book 'Alt det som er' (all there is) has been launched.
The first printing run (2500 books) has been sold out already in
the autumn. A second impression has been published in October 2010.
In the book there is a novel written by the Norwegian writer Bjørn
and 49 paintings in full color, made by me. Bjørn wrote his
text after he had looked closely to my paintings, and after he finished
it, I made some paintings based on his silent and poetic story.
So there was a real co-operation between the two of us. Our book
has been published by Aschehoug Forlag (Oslo), with support of the
Norwegian Cultural Board (Norsk Kulturråd). The Cultural Department
has bought 1500 copies of the book to spread it all over Norway,
in particular into all the libraries.
Dutch publishing house 'Nieuw Amsterdam' used again one of my paintings
on a bookcover. Now it is a detail of 'Panoramic view' that was
used for 'Lastmens', the new book written by Elke Geurts. In 2007
they published 'Het besluit van Dola Korstjens' (the decision of
Dola Korstjens), also written by Elke. On that bookcover a detail
of my painting 'Glow' has been used.
2010 I celebrated my 25th anniversary being an artist with a jubilee-exhibition
in an old weaving-house in Zaandijk, the Netherlands. Lots of people
dropped in to look at my new paintings and have been part of the
festivities. For instance my friend the composer and guitarplayer
Ezequiel Menalled gave a performance with folkmuziek from Argentine.
of the paintings I showed at the exhibition were completely new.
I have made them in Bergen, Norway, where I was offered a second
residency as an artist at USF. I have been in Norway from October
until December 2009 and I had an extreme productive period in a
that year I had several exhibitions in Norway and the Netherlands.
The city of Diemen bought one of my paintings after I exhibited
them in their cityhall. In June 2009 I have had a solo-exhibition
in Arendal in the South of Norway.
Actually I am frequently working and exhibiting in Norway, since
I have been invited in 2006 for the first time as an artist in residence
by the Kulturhuset USF. In 2007 I have exhibited in Galleri Voss
and in the Oslo Museum, which also purchased one of my paintings.
Generally spoken the reception of my work in Norway is quite good.
The Norwegian people seem to like the way I transform their natural
environment into the pictural scenery of my paintings. Several papers
have paid attention to my work.
my first visit to Norway, landscape has become more and more a prominent
theme in my work. Concerning content I am touched by the silence
and grandiosity of the landscape; the mountains, the sea and the
clouds as they are in and for themselves. Using nature in this way
has challenged me to present it in my own formal-figurative style
instead of copying it. My new paintings are also based upon drawings
and photo's which I have made in January 2008 during a trip from
Bergen to the North Cape, the most Northern point of Europe, and
even a bit further to Kirkenes, quite close to the Russian border.
On the invitation of a Dutch art collector who lives in Norway,
I have made that wonderful sea voyage with the shipping company
Hurtigruten along the coast of Norway. The landscape was of an enchanting
In a special spring-edition about landscape and art the Dutch Magazine
kM has paid attention to my Norwegian landscapes. I have been interviewed
by the famous Dutch journalist Anton Staartjes. I am glad that five
pictures of my paintings were printed to illustrate my own particular
view on landscape and art.
was also happy with the co-operation with the artist Jac Bisschops
in two exhibitions about the theme 'Abstract Art versus Figurative
Art'. Even though there is a significant difference in the external
appearence, we have a same sort of approach of our profession.?There
are definite similarities in the way we use our pictorial means,
like use of colour and composition.
2009 I finished eleven paintings that I have made on commission.
Put together in one steel frame, they form one shiny composition.
still get enthusiastic comments in regard to my painting 'Somewhere
else', which, in May 2006, had been elected as the third best Dutch
work of art in the past fifty years.
Dutch public was able to vote for one of fifty prominent works of
art, which meant to represent the development of visual arts of
the last half century in Holland. The representative artwork was
meticulously chosen by a panel of twenty-six well-known art experts,
a group of museum directors, art collectors and art lovers.