Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
On Friday, November the 11th, the Roq will open the doors for the opening reception of my next show 'The Timid Cabbage'. Again I will share the room with the wonderful retro work of fellow artist Ryan Heshka. His sexy futuristic vamps and old school evil doers will unite with my vegetable hero and his graphite gradient sidekicks for a three week art samba. Yes, I'm looking forward to this show! And no, I will not be able to join the opening due to my busy schedule. I will be missing you, Seattle and Seattleites! Have a great opening night (6-9 pm) and I hope to catch you next time.
*All prints are signed and numbered.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Below; The creation of a Chat by Julie at the Pretty in Plastic Headquarters. Photo's below; © Julie B.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Above and below, a few photo's of my visit for you to enjoy.
Extra special thanks go out to Merry and the MKG team, Kirsten, Julie B, Rick, Nathan, Jane and Phill.
No, I don't have many photo's of the opening night! But you can find some more on the MK website. Panorama shots from top to bottom; gallery before the opening and gallery during the opening -my camera goes all Matrix when taking a panorama shot of movement!- my Pretty in Plastic visit (of which I will tell you more about in the future), and two shots of Santa Monica Beach, baby.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The 'Big Thousands...' title is the name of an old Chinese fire work wrapper. 'Big thousands' has a powerful, almost military tone and 'Golden Flowers' a more mythical touch. Awkwardly spelled and somewhat of a contradiction I thought it would fit my work well.
The name is not a theme. These works are individual painted stories and have different angles and concepts. I tell about the remarkable battle between cats and birds and about nocturnal characters with questionable intentions and other creatures of mythical proportions.
A preview of all the works and those of my fellow exhibitors Audrey Kawasaki and Deedee Cheriel will be online soon. I will be checking in after the exhibition with a little opening reception photo journal. So it's the mazzel and so long for now, and I hope to see you soon. Perhaps at the opening night Saturday July 30th in Los Angeles (8-11 pm)? You are most welcome!
Photo above; 'Cat rule #4; sit in an open box or bag if one is placed in your room'. Here's Noodles helping me pack the shipment to LA, earlier this month.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Creator of this little globe guy was the award winning director and (puppet) designer Gerhard Behrendt, who also made the Sandmännchen for the DDR state broadcasting. Between 1964 up to the end of the DDR in 1990, the Messemännchen has been the Leipzig fair mascot, and an army of more than 400.000 'männchen', ranging in size from 6 inches to more than 5 feet, were produced to promote the event.
There is no doubt about the Messemännchen's background. His suit and suitcase and his over-sized globe head tell us he does business all over the planet while the colours blue and yellow stand for his home town Leipzig. Like the (traveling) salesman he is he now found his way to Amsterdam. I only wish mine didn't loose his blue hat somewhere along the way.
Source & photo below: Wikipedia and the DDR museum.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my work did not loose its impact on those huge poster sized reproductions. When in area, do drop by to see for yourself. Above, a small photo impression -click to enlarge- of the introduction at the Kunstuitleen and the walk to the outdoor gallery. Thanks to my friends, family and all other interestee's who showed up! It was great to see you.
Here's a review and some more pic's of the opening and here you can find a short video interview (in dutch only).
The 'Painted Stories' exhibition will be up until September 2011. Photo's by my Mom♥, Leendert and Han van Wel.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
May 27; an update; Below the complete list of all the participants of the Zürich Sale;
The Dutchies; Angelique Houtkamp, José Luis Garcia, Ingrid Bockting, Leendert Masselink, Typex, Pieter M. Dorrenboom, Jeroen Klaver, Erik Kriek, Peter Pontiac, Fotofloor, Borinka, Buzzworks, Lamelos and myself.
The Swissies: Blackyard, Thomas Ott, Märt Infanger, Gefe, Donovan Gregory, Yummy industries, and Michel Casarramona. All artists will be attending the exhibition.
Opening night: Friday, June 3rd, 2011; from 6 pm to midnight. Saturday, June 4; from 2 to 4 pm followed by a concert later that night of Ophelia's Iron Vest at 10 pm. Sunday, June 5; from 2 to 10 pm. (Entrance free except for the Saturday night concert; Chf 15,-)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
* MAY 12 to 22, 2011; A few of my fine art giclée prints are part of the brand new Prints & The Revolution exhibition. Drop by at the opening at the Rokin 75, Amsterdam on Thursday 12th, 5 p.m. to see the works of Super A, Martine Johanna, Johan Kleinjan, and many more. More info; P&TR.nl
*MAY 13th; the opening of 'Een Week' ('A Week'), a collaboration exhibition with artist Raymond Lemstra. Raymond wil lock himself up at the GO Gallery (Amsterdam) and invite a different art pal every day of the week. Co-artists are Daan Botlek, Job Wouters, Jeroen Erosie, Merijn Hos, Stefan Glerum, Wayne Horse and myself. The result will be shown on Friday, May 13, 5 p.m. at the GO Gallery. More info; Go Gallery
* MAY 14, 2011; The opening of my very first public space exhibition 'Verhalen in Verf' ('Painted Stories) at the Keizer Karel Gallery, in Amstelveen. Twelve larger than life poster reproductions of my work in outdoor showcases! Opening Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 15.30 hours. Introduction by Els Ottenhof of the Cobra Museum. More info; K2G.nl or click on the image above.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
In order to get the work finished that I've planned for my upcoming show(s), I'm taking a break from online distractions like Facebook and my blog. Focus is important at this point, people! If I can spare a moment I'll post sneak peeks and previews to let you in on the progress. In the meanwhile, here's a little sneak peek detail of one of the new works.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
*The first issue was published last year. The Postal Service can also be a pain in the butt.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Photo: 'Turdus merula Photo © Biopix: IN Nielsen', Biopix.com
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I loved it for its detailed craftsmanship, the gloomy colours and its creepy/fantastic feel. Meet Adrienne Antonson, a Seattle based artist who makes objects out of human hair and glue. She created a serie of insects that look quite amazing.
Adrienne; 'As an artist with a deep interest in sustainable and self-supporting systems, human hair seems the most immediate and true material. I find the historical implications and various uses of human hair fascinating. I am also intrigued with the attraction/repulsion response the material evokes. It is sentimental, challenging and honest'.
See her website for more butterflies, bugs and moths.
Source: 1800Receycling, photo: © Adrienne Antonson
Sunday, January 2, 2011
(First cover, above) A portrait of Captain Matthew Webb, the first recorded person to cross the English Channel in 1875; in 22 hours he swam from Dover to Calais. After that Webb continued doing (other) stunts, became a professional swimmer, licensed his name for merchandising, wrote a book called 'The Art Of Swimming' and had a brand of matches named after him. He died in 1883 attempting to swim through the whirlpool rapids below Niagara Falls.
This funny vehicle is an old-fashioned Dutch 'shop on wheels' (a dairy car, in this case) of the SRV, which stands for 'Samen Rationeel Verkopen' that can be translated into something like 'selling smart together'. Later the SRV claimed their name wasn't based on a merger between two enterprises but that it stood for the word 'service' -if you took the first three consonants of the word, that is. The SRV called it quits in 1995, but shops on wheels can still be found in places where supermarkets are not around the corner.
I remember when these drove around in my neighbourhood when I was a kid (granny Femke sez). I also recall the silly tune of the SRV commercial, sung by the Cocktail Trio, which went something like 'Long live the man of the S-R-V, hip hip hip hooray' but than, of course, in Dutch. An example of the TV commercial can be found right here.
Some ladies give 'Ploc' detergent a thumbs up...
...while others prefer to spend their money on 'Plic'. (The artist of the 'Ploc' cover gave the woman in the illustration a flat head; I keep reading that red rectangle behind her as an odd shaped hat).
Above and below; Croatian(?) covers with birds in a 'nature meets atomic graphics' setting. We're looking at a Golden Oriole, above, and a Great Tit, below. Just so you know.
Some great American covers.