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  1. 1. Willem van Veldhuizen Artist Profile Willem van Veldhuizen (1954) STUDIO Schonebergerweg 45 'It might sound strange, but the first time I experienced a tremendous shock of recogni- 3023 ZG Rotterdam tion, I was at a commemoration exhibition of Mark Rothko (1903 - 1970). T 0031 10 4777257 Even-though my work did not develop in the direction of this kind of abstract expressio- nism, still it was Rothko's work that gave me the impulse to go my own way. I saw that it M 0031 6 41012630 was possible to decide on my own manner in the art of painting'. What struck Willem van Veldhuizen in Rothko's work was the search for balance on a flat surface, the appeal of a large colored area as well as the vibration of colors on such a large canvas. In his paintings, this fascination is translated in large floor areas of museum interiors. Museums provide Willem with the right kind of rooms: they are prestigious and attentive to architecture while at the same time subservient to accommodate art. It is not that he literally copies the rooms, but by choosing a different composition he creates fictional spaces and alters the view to complement and intensify the image. By visiting various modern museums, he is offered the motive for a new painting. 'When I'm standing in such a room, I'm impressed by the atmosphere, the peace, the coolness of it all, it strikes me emotionally. I put out my feelers as I wonder how I can shape these emotions. As it takes form in my head, the process of translating an emotional concept into a rational solution begins. The attraction towards the subject is purely emotional. The translation into a painting however is a rational process.' Technique In general Van Veldhuizen's paintings are composed according to an established pattern. The upper, narrow part of the canvas shows the back-wall or a glass wall through which a garden is visible. A large floor area holds a prominent place. The reality of the building or the world outside is reflected in the floors. The back part is painted with great precisi- on; this is also the first part to be completed. Then the artist builds up the floor area according to a special technique which he has made his own. After the undercoat has been applied and the shadows have been put in, he 'splats' the paint against the canvas: color over color, layer on top of layer - making subtle distinctions in light and dark against the back-wall. (Parts that should not be splut, are covered with tape.) Van Veldhuizen uses this technique in such a way that the paint splats onto the canvas in elliptical drops. This is highly important to create the perspecti- ve effect. (During the final strokes, the tiles become visible). Finally the artist applies approximately 40 layers of glaze onto the floor area to create this typical glossy three dimensional effect.
  2. 2. Willem van Veldhuizen Discipline and great technical skills are required for the kind of paintings that Van Veldhui- zen makes. Because of this method, it takes up to 3 or 4 months to finish a painting. Van Veldhuizen mastered this technique by self-tuition. Furthermore he (made a close study of) submitted the paintings of Peter Blake, one of England's best-known pop art artists, to a profound study. According to Van Veldhuizen, Peter Blake displays a fabulous tech- nique. STUDIO Schonebergerweg 45 Influences of classical- and classic-modern masters (beside Rothko) can be recognized in his work in various ways. He relates to Saenredam with his preference for sacred 3023 ZG Rotterdam rooms, tranquility and colors in harmonizing tones. In his museum interiors, Van Veldhui- T 0031 10 4777257 zen quotes with pleasure his favorites in art, among others Michelangelo, Picasso, Man M 0031 6 41012630 Ray, Newman, Rietveld and Le Corbusier. In his early work, the colors are kept restraint by putting various light tones in delicate distinctions in order to achieve a balance in beauty and tranquility. His recent work is characterized by a more expressive use of color although the color is still subsidiary to the form. Also the interior itself contains less details. Still the balance between the inside and outside world holds the key to Van Veldhuizen's paintings.
  3. 3. Willem van Veldhuizen Chronology 1954 Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1972-1977 The academy of fine Arts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1977 Solo exhibition, Gallery Delta, Rotterdam, The Netherlands STUDIO Group exhibition: Dutch Art Fair, Amsterdam; Pulchri Studio, Den Haag; Fiac, Paris. Schonebergerweg 45 1978 3023 ZG Rotterdam Bronze medal European prize for the Art of painting- Karel Klinkenbergprize for Art of T 0031 10 4777257 drawing - Royal Subsidy for painting M 0031 6 41012630 1979 Stipendium Rotterdamse Kunststichting - Travels to the United States. 1980 Portret Edo de Waart for the Rotterdamse Doelen i.o.v. RKS and the Rotterdams Phil- harmonisch Orchestra. Renaissance-travel to Italy. 1984 Travels to Ireland. 1985 Exhibition Gallery Delta, Rotterdam. 1989-1991 Publication of the book 'Willem van Veldhuizen; tekeningen & schilderijen'. Travels to Spain. A series of paintings, inspired by the Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe. 1992-1995 Exhibitions; European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam New series of graphic work Starts drawing after model Exhibition 'het Model' in the Illusie, Rotterdam. Starts working on ceramics. Travels to France and starts series of paintings inspired by museums in Nimes and Saint- Paul de Vence. Publication of the book 'het Model' 1996 Exhibitions; European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam
  4. 4. Willem van Veldhuizen 1997 Exhibitions; European Fine Arts Fair, Maas- tricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam Travels to United States and starts series of paintings inspired by museums in New York and Los Angeles Exhibition 'Hier et Nu' model drawings in Gallery Honingen, Rotterdam. Makes Lithographs, commissioned by Royal Nederland. STUDIO 1998 Schonebergerweg 45 Exhibitions; European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. 3023 ZG Rotterdam Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam T 0031 10 4777257 Travels to Senegal, foundation of 'I BORY' M 0031 6 41012630 'Ibory' is a group of artists; Anton Vrede, Jos Looise and Willem van Veldhuizen. They make travels and work together Group exhibition 'I BORY' in gallery Honingen, Rotterdam. 1999 Exhibitions; European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam Travels to New York with 'I BORY' group Group exhibition 'Weekend Euphoria' , gallery Holland Tunnel, New York. 2000 Travels to; Zwitserland, Japan, India en starts series of paintings inspired by 'Foundation Beyeler', Basel. 2001 Exhibitions, European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam Exhibition 'Realism in The Netherlands after 1950' in the Kunsthal, Rottedam Publication of the book: 'Willem van Veldhuizen 10 jaar bij kunsthandel Drs.Loek Brons' 2002 Exhibitions, European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam. Exhibition 'Les filles d'atelier' in the Kunsthal, Rottedam Travels to Qatar. 2003 Exhibitions, European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Drs. Loek Brons, Amsterdam Exhibition 'Donderdag exposeert....' in gallery Pakhuis 6, Rottedam Travels to Qatar. 2004 Exhibitions, European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, PAN, Amsterdam. Publication of the book: 'Klaar'
  5. 5. Willem van Veldhuizen 2005 Paintersweek Domburg Exhibition 'Donderdag exposeert....' at gallery Pakhuis 6, Rottedam Drawing at 'The day of the Park', Schiedam happening met de Donderdagroep Donderdagroep at Gallery Goda, Amsterdam Exhibition at the PAN Amsterdam, Collection Harms Rolde Travels to Egypt 2006 STUDIO Exhibition at 'Realisme 06', Collection Harms Rolde Schonebergerweg 45 Exhibition, Magische Grafiek at gallery Pakhuis 6, Rotterdam Exhibition solo at Gallery Goda, Amsterdam 3023 ZG Rotterdam Paintersweek at Domburg T 0031 10 4777257 Exhibition at Gallery Les Sagnes, France M 0031 6 41012630 Travels to Caracas, Venezuela Exhibition Gubbels and Students, Rotterdam Drawing at 'The Night of the Light', Schiedam, happening with the Donderdagroep Exhibition at the PAN Amsterdam, Collection Harms Rolde 2007 Exhibition 'Van Classicisme tot Realisme' at Wijermars Antiquairs in collaboration with Collection Harms Rolde Exhibition at 'Realisme 07' Collection Harms Rolde Exhibition group 'Een andere werkelijkheid' Zwijgershoek, st Niklaas, Belgium Travels to Sao Paulo, Brasil Exhibition at the PAN Amsterdam, Collection Harms Rolde 2008 Exhibition at 'Realisme 08' Collection Harms Rolde Travels to Qatar Exhibition at Open Art Fair Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Collection Harms Rolde Donderdagroep op Drift, Schiedam drawing in public Travels to New York Exhibition at the PAN Amsterdam, Collection Harms Rolde 2009 Exhibition at 'Realisme 09' Collection Harms Rolde Exhibition Donderdagroep at gallery Van Capellen Travels to Qatar Painters on the Loire, France with Old Holland Factory 2010 Dutch Art Now, New York 3rd till 14th of march 2010 Willem van Veldhuizen exhibits new works on fair. Taking place as part of The Armory Show, one of the worlds greatest international fairs for modern art. Dutch Art Now will be held in 'The Tilden Mansion, National Arts Club, 34ste street 15, Gramercy Park South, New York City.
  6. 6. Willem van Veldhuizen Rewards STUDIO Bronze medal “Europeprize voor Painting Schonebergerweg 45 Karelklinkenberg prize for the Art of Drawing 3023 ZG Rotterdam Royal Subsidy for Painting T 0031 10 4777257 Stipendium Rotterdam Art Council M 0031 6 41012630 Gold Medal of Honour as a member of the advisoryboard of the Al Thani Award for Photography