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‘One can only be truly happy by being a painter’

(Joaquín Sorolla, Spanish painter)

For me, painting always happens through Light and Love. With the invention of tube paints in the 19th century Impressionist painters could at last take their paraphernalia out into the open air and drown in the Light. This continued well into the 20th century in the West, but since then the style has by and large been bled dry by quasi intellectual and conceptual –isms. In contrast in Eastern Europe, to this day, plein-air painting is taught in art academies and universities, and its quality remains unrivalled. Interestingly enough this is the case in the US as well, but no more in Europe.

After completing my studies at the Royal Academy for Art and Design (painting/graphics) in Den Bosch, I was granted a bursary to study for one year at the Universitée des Polytechnique & des Arts in Athens. During that year I painted exclusively outdoors, mainly on the island of Naxos. This laid the basis for my plein-air style and it remains ingrained to this day. I learned to observe, perceive, capture on canvas … and carry on. No faffing or wasting time, but seizing the essence and being able to progress with the fluctuating light, always open to change, letting go, and trusting that at a certain point the painting will direct itself, and I will follow. This happens at every Live Event Paint – letting go and let it grow – take a look and see what I mean.

Education:

Bachelor Building Engineering’79-‘83
Royal Academy of Art and Design, Painting’86-‘90
University of Athens, Painting ’90-‘91
University of Utrecht, Theology’93-‘94
Acad. Architect. & Urbandesign, master in architect.’04-’08

 

 

Catalogue of Exhibitions since 2011

2018
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Katwijk En Plein Air, invitationalKatwijk
Galerie Ton Piepers & Jan MennenRoggel
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
2017
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
AmsterdamMaassluis
2016
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Katwijk En Plein Air, invitationalKatwijk
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
Gallery RitsArtMaassluis
Art 10Days BergenBergen
2015
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Katwijk En Plein Air, invitationalKatwijk
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
Gallery RitsArtMaassluis
Paintingfestival ‘Huize Glory’Bergen aan Zee
Art 10 Days BergenBergen
2104
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
‘Green noise 14’ Russia-Netherlands,Russia
Plyos, invitationnal
Museum for landscape, PlyosRussia
Parliament AustriaVienna
Katwijk En Plein Air, invitationalKatwijk
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
Gallery RitsArtMaassluis
Paintingfestival ‘Huize Glory’Bergen aan Zee
2013
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
Galerie MolenhofWeert
Galerie Art Issues’s-Hertogenbosch
Groupexhibition Pulchri with XXL ArtMontenegro
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASSAmsterdam
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerMaassluis
Paintingfestival ‘HuizeGlory’Bergen aan Zee
Paintingfestival NoordwiijkNoordwijk
1e Burgerland Malerfestival (AU)Illmnitz, Austria
Gallery Fahrradbüro (D)Berlin
Oude UrsulakerkWarmenhuizen
Galerie AAGroningen
Galerie Vis (werk in stock)Harlingen
2012
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
Galerie MolenhofWeert
Galerie Art IssuesWeert
Groupexhibition Pulchri with XXL ArtThe Hague
Permanent exhibition Atelier JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Gallery KunstenhuiskamerAmsterdam
Paintingfestival ‘Huize Glory’Bergen aan Zee
Paintingfestival Usedom (D)Usedom (D)
Paintingfestival NoordwijkNoordwijk
Gallery Rose (D)Hamburg
Communalgalerie Berlin (D)Berlijn
Art 10 Days BergenBergen
2011
Gallery JASS’s-Hertogenbosch
Paintingfestival ’s-Hertogenbosch’s-Hertogenbosch
‘Deutsch-Niederlandsche Freundschaft’Amsterdam
Gallery KunstenhuisAmsterdam
Expo aan Zee, Ned.H. KerkNoordwijk
Paintingfestival NoordwiijkNoordwijk
XXL Artcoastline Netherlands
Art 10 Days BergenBergen
Gallery TerbeekBeetsterzwaag
Gallery PR2Amsterdam
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