Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Poney Preview


Above, my new piece for the Lush Life exhibition at Roq la Rue, called 'Le Poney Club'. Acrylic and colour pencil on book, © 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Enjoy The Opening Night


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.

New Print: El Gigante

I'm happy to announce that 'El Gigante', 'el más fuerte del mundo'*, has been captured on a fine art giclée print and is now available at my web shop! Below some enlargements of the image. For print sizes, edition info and order details visit my website. (Order now to avoid postal delays this holidays).

*All prints are signed and numbered.



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ready Steady Ship!

The Timid Cabbage serie, ready to be shipped to the Roq.

Below; a sneak peek of some of the drawings.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Hi Fructose Ad

This is the ad for my upcoming exhibition at Roq la Rue Gallery, next month. Together with Ryan Heshka's painted work I will show a serie of black & white drawings (which are almost finished and very close to be sneak peeked). The opening night will be at the 11th of the 11th of 2011. Great number for a wedding as well. Save the date!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Just So You Know


Just a quick note to let you know that I've updated my website. There are new paintings in the work section (including some detailed pic's) and I took out a chapter to make the website more lean. Have a look!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Le Chat Prototype Sneak Peek

Say Bonjour to 'Le Chat'. This vinyl version of my painting 'Le Chat Domestique' is handsomely sculpted by Julie B and will be produced by Cherry Vinyl, a new collaborative brand of Lulubell Toys and Pretty in Plastic. You will hear more about this catty cutie soon!

Below; The creation of a Chat by Julie at the Pretty in Plastic Headquarters. Photo's below; © Julie B.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

La La Land

Los Angeles, July 30, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the opening night of my last exhibition 'Big Thousands of Golden Flowers'; Merry's team working hard and concentrated to organize the last things before the doors open. I arrived a little later to the opening party than calculated -not used to the widespreadness of LA- and I quickly wolf down a Snickers bar. Soon the room is filled with people and my hasty meal, jet-leg and work mode mind set are fading to the background and the enthusiasm of all who I meet pick me up and waltz me through the evening. Hours pass in a roaring rush and after the wave of visitors have left -and I happily munched on a pizza slice- I can look back on a wonderful opening night. So to everybody who came to see the show -visitor's, collector's, fellow artists- a big THANKS!

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

Big Thousands of Golden Flowers

The finish line is in sight. In less than two weeks my exhibition 'Big Thousands of Golden Flowers', a serie of brand new works, will open at the Merry Karnowsky gallery in Los Angeles.

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

Painted Panel in Progress

Working on 'The Stalker' (working title), acrylics and colour pencil on antique panel, sable brush #3. Audio book in the CD player, aged black tea in my teacup and almost autumn like wet weather outside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Another Sneak Peek

The first stages of a new painting. Still working in black and white and pencil. (By the way; the pencil is attached to a very handy pencil apparatus; ideal for pencils that are to short to hold properly).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Messemännchen

I found this corporate character, pictured above, on a flea market in Zürich last weekend. He looked smart in his felt suit and suitcase, but it was the pipe that did it for me. I just have a thing for smoking characters. Back home Google master and Zürich pal José discovered this was the mascot of the Leipzig fair back in the DDR days and was practically named the 'Leipziger Messemännchen' which can be translated into 'the little man of the (Leipzig) fair'.

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

Back To Work

Amsterdam. Sunny, windy, not very warm, Tim Knol's 'Days' and Eddie Vedder's 'Ukulele Songs' on Itunes, and working on the upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles. Above, a quick sneak peek of one of my new works.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Zürich Sale, The Photo's

Here's a snapshot impression of Zürich's first Garage Sale group show, that took place last weekend. The work, the visitors, the Sale colleagues, the city and the lovely weather contributed to what I experienced as an excellent weekend d'art. Thanks everybody! (And extra special thanks to Michel Casarramona and Donovan Gregory for the invitation and organisation). Above; installing the exhibition. Below; the opening and some Swiss weird- and cuteness.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Painted Stories Photo's

Weather: sunny yet breezy. Artwork size: huge. Location and time: Amstelveen, the weekend of week 19, 2011. What: the opening of my poster exhibition at the public space gallery Keizer Karel Galerie.
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

Zürich Garage Sale -Post Updated!-

The Amsterdam Garage Sale goes abroad! The first weekend of June Dutch artists Erik Kriek, Typex, Ingrid Bockting, Leendert Masselink, Pieter Dorreboom, myself and many more will join up with Swiss artists Mart Infanger, Andreas Gefe, Michel Casarramona and many more at the Walcheturm art space in Zürich, Switserland. Drop by for art + prints + merch & good times. The exhibition is curated by Michel Casarramona.

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 stands for 'More Art, Yeah!'

Alert; busy art month ahead! Here's a quick overview of a few local exhibitions that I'll be joining in. Don't miss the boat, Amsterdam peeps. (And non locals are very welcome too, of course). Hope to see you there.

* 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

See You Later

Hello everybody,
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

Sasquatch

Yesterday was a good post day. I found my Photoshop pencils on the doormat and got a nice package from Australia as well; it contained the first issue of Sasquatch, a wonderful pocket-sized publication featuring a variety of visual arts and related cultures. This issue* also featured some work by and words about me. I think Sasquatch creator Paul Nolan did a great job making a lovely embellishment to go with my Death of a Ghost piece!

*The first issue was published last year. The Postal Service can also be a pain in the butt.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The First of 2011

Last year's first Blackbird was an early bird. This year's Blackbird was sleeping in. But there was no mistaking; between the sound of a car alarm and construction workers building a scaffold I could clearly hear his song this morning. Bring it on, spring!

Photo: 'Turdus merula Photo © Biopix: IN Nielsen', Biopix.com

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Fine Art Giclée Print; L'Hirondelle

For more information and ordering details, click here!



From Me To You

Above, a lil' giveaway for all new orders. The card is a reproduction of the 'Footpad Felids' graphite drawing and the image on the sticker a detail of the 'Malocchio' piece. Both with a glossy top-layer. I'm quite pleased with the outcome.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Human Hair Insects

Some time ago I wrote a post on a human hair flower bouquet.
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

Matchbox Scrapbook #4

Here's another Matchbox post, dear readers. This time I will focus on the most remarkable covers of book #4. It's not the best example of my collection though. It holds a number of series that are not that interesting to share, like a selection of flags or traffic signs or (really) badly drawn illustrations of supermarket bargains. It's a rather empty book as well, this one. It looks unfinished and could be one of the last books the original owner's put together. But not to worry, there's still a lot of Matchbox cover greatness to share for the future.

(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.