Introduction to the work
very early I felt the urge to be creative. During a visit to
the special retrospective exhibition of the work of Kees van
Dongen at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam I noticed
that the visual arts provided good means to express that creativity.
Since that time I got especially interested in the 'secrets'
of abstract art. The more I got to know about it, especially
when I began drawing and painting by myself, the clearer it
became to me that it did not have much to do with secrets, but
rather with dealing with the visual means in the art which exists
on its own. The abstract art provided me with the 'instruments'
with which I could 'build'. Gradually I found my own style.
am very much interested in images which I perceive and observe
in the real world in various forms and shapes and which are
therefore timeless in a way. I mean the forms like the circle,
the square, the parabola, etc. My art expresses the origin of
the meaning of these images because they are inextricably bound
up with what they represent.
inspiration to create abstract work can originate from virtually
anything. Most often I start with what I am busy with at a certain
moment. The images which come up at that moment serve as a starting
point. When I start working, the lines arise from the previous
lines. The image (the source of inspiration) which I started
with floats during the creative process somewhere in my subconscious.
By trying to release this original image, I try to put most
emphasis on creating as strong an image as possible (as an image
in itself). My background as a sculptor plays an important role
in this case. Only later, when I come to the conclusion that
the work has achieved its definite form, I can say more about
the meaning of the final image in relation to the image of the
source of inspiration. By keeping the distance towards the source
I create for myself a maximum possibility to allow new forms.
The final image shows me as a creator new points of view on
the source, which inspire me to create new work. Therefore I
often work on a series of images.
general I prefer quick media which allow me to concentrate on
exploring my themes. Drawing is therefore my favourite medium.
My artistic work is strongly directed at presenting my ideas.
These ideas are also abstract and they concern the form, the
line and space as autonomous visual elements. The main issue
is how they relate to each other. The material is the means
to express these ideas and this relationship.
of my pastel drawings in
the Arti-Gallery in Amsterdam, 2013
in Amsterdam, 2012
to Heidelberg with Werner Schaub, Klaus Staeck,
myself and Hans-Joachim Schröter, 2011
(Photo: Hans-Joachim Schröter)
at Museum De Buitenplaats, Eelde, 2011
Art Salon in Arti & Amicitiae in Amsterdam, 2009
(Photo: Hans-Joachim Schröter)
pastels in a former church in Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, 2008
lithos in Genootschap Kunstliefde, Utrecht, 2004
my etchings in Genootschap Kunstliefde, Utrecht, 2003
graduation sculpture at
the Utrecht School of Arts, 1997
on a clay sculpture on a course
in Artibus in Utrecht (NL), 1992
Willem G. Wevers, one of my teachers at Artibus, 1992