Collection exhibition ReseT, Second prize. Photo: Tussen kunst en kitsch, opname belvedère Heerenveen
I started making portraits after the birth of my son, and after that I focused on children, friends and acquaintances. I still continue to work on commission for a living.
In my work I concentrate on the skin. In my works, special features acquired during life, emerge and are elaborated on. The textures and shades, irregularities, birthmarks, scars and imperfections are all replicated in unabashed detail. I use different materials in my work. It results in a powerful and textured skin. The portraits emerge like scientific, almost minute studies.
The art of portraying has its roots in showing important people, fondling their egos by making them more beautiful than they really are, which is an accepted modus.
Externalities are being shown prettier as they really are.
Historically, portraiture has been subject to working on commission, status and expectations of the portrayed. Independency, which I regard as a prerequisite, will be jeopardized.
I characterize my independent portraits as ‘nameless icons’: the unique strength of the portrayed trying to be him or herself.
1970 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Academie Minerva, the Fine Arts Academy at Hanze University Groningen,
Art and graphic techniques. 1991- 1996
2013 Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen. Collection exhibition ReseT, Second prize
2013 Nomination Wessel Gansfortprize, Groningen
2003 Participation Koninklijke prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst, Amsterdam (2th round)
2005 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London
2006 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2006, National Portrait Gallery, London
2006 Egberts prize 2007, Groningen, first prize
2008 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2008, National Portrait Gallery, London
Medical center, Groningen 2003
Mural Painting 'Fivelingo' Appingedam 2006
Mural Painting, Stichting limor, Veendam 2011
For Infinity: 400 Years of Science 2014