Monday, December 29, 2014


...A happy and healthy and creative 2015, everyone!

The First (...or the last?)

Blackbirds are one of my favorite birds, as you might know. Loudmouthed and fierce, announcers of the spring and longer days, etc. Recently I added a Blackbird song ringtone to my cell phone so to be greeted by this as a morning alarm sound in stead of this grouchiness. And today I heard a real blackbird singing further down the street. How early, it's not even 2015 yet and he's already the first!

More blackbirds here and here. Photo via the Weidevogelbescherming website, © by Fons, Leo en Wim Wijering

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wow x Wow

Nice questions in the Wow x Wow interview, the 'online art recourse'. Read it here and/or see the interviews with other New Contemporary Art colleagues.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Release of the book 'The Graphic Art of the Underground' coming up

Here's a book I'm looking forward to read; it's called 'The Graphic Art of the Underground' and it steps into the world of visual art and design of alternative and youth cultures from the 1950s to today.

Former co-editors and publishers of UK alternative arts magazine 'Nude', Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince, brought together the artwork of Hotrod culture, Psychedelia, Comic Art, Lowbrow, Pop Surrealism and other relevant areas to explore it in an academic way. The creations of Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Joe Sorren, Alex Gross, Gary Panter, Jamie Reid, Robert Williams and many more are included (and, yippee! my work is part of it too).

The Graphic Art of the Underground can be pre-ordered in the UK/EU at The book will be released in the US, Australia, India and other territories worldwide in November 2014.

9/17 update ; on the book's website can be found more (order) information.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Warten am Waldrand @ Roq la Rue

August 7th, 2014, Roq la Rue Gallery will exhibit my new serie of original artworks in the shared solo exhibition 'Warten am Waldrand'.

The new works include painted and drawn stories about hypnotic wild boars, addicted ducks and Krampus on a weekday, just to name a few. I'll share the walls with the work of Casey Weldon.

Opening night from 6 to 9 pm. Address: 532 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA, USA.
For more information about the preview or sales please contact Roq la Rue's Kirsten Anderson.

...Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the opening myself. I wish you much enjoyment from here!

A few of the Warten am Waldrand works. For a full preview see Roq la Rue's website.
Top of post; 'L'Heureux Événement', acrylics on book cover

'Der Geber', graphite on paper
'El Dutchie', acrylics on book cover in 'vintage look' frame with bronze inlay
'Pooch Patrol', acrylics on panel in antique hand carved frame (from France, first part 20th century)

'Pooch Patrol', detail

All rights reserved, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014


Just so you know; the page under my name on Facebook was not created by me even though it looks very personal. (When I was a Facebooker it messed with my concentration too much so I decided to step away and until this day did not return).

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Up Next!

Coming up August 7th; 'Warten am Waldrand', my next shared solo exhibition at Seattle's Roq la Rue Gallery. (Above; drawing sneak peek - more pic's closer to the opening date). And Oh la la, I love the new frames for the Waldrand show with their lush bonbon look. For example;

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Portrait

Some weeks ago I went on a little Tour de Portrait through the city with übercool photographer Bettina Neumann to shoot a new portrait.

Bettina has a keen eye for the seemingly unseen, capturing elements like a graphic composition, hinting to her graphic design background. Examples of her still life work and other portraits can be found in her online portfolio. I wanted a new direction in my promo portrait and was looking for a depiction more focused on the person and she fitted this wish perfectly. (Also, her offbeat sense of humour made these sessions a lot of fun!)

The lapis lazuli blue tiles of the Amsterdam apartment complex hallway might be my favorite since blue is (one of) my darling(s), but I also like the Belgium-retro look of the Restaurant Modern with its subdued colouring. Here are a few from the serie;

Friday, May 16, 2014

'Summer Supper' Free Mini Print

From May 16, 2014, free for all print orders* and while stock lasts, the mini print 'Summer Supper'!
Fine art giclée print, signed and numbered, 4.7 x 6.7" (12 x 17 cm), edition of 20.

*THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER VALID. No more prints available.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Timid Cabbage goes Europe!

Though its route was rough I'm very pleased to announce that the Timid Cabbage book has found its way over the ocean to my web shop! It's now available to interestees from The Netherlands and other European countries*.
(If you live outside EU, please order at Amazon / Last Gasp).

I also have a few limited editions of the Timid Cabbage book for sale. This lovely, soft to the touch,  green covered edition with gold foil typography and gilt edges, includes a signed and numbered fine art giclée print and comes in a embossed sleeve. Only 100 pieces of this special edition and the print were made and the book includes signatures of both writer and artist.

Regular edition: €30,- each (with a maximum of 2 copies per order), order here.
 Limited edition: €111,- each (One copy per order, 11/6/2014; temporary out of stock).

Pricing is ex. 6% btw/vat, incl. handling.

Both the regular and the special edition come with a Timid Cabbage page marker.

- Books will be send out in a cardboard sleeve wrap, shipping via package post, track and trace for the Netherlands only. (Read more about shipping here at the FAQ'S, section D.3).
- Orders are unsigned unless requested. If you like me to sign your copy or add a special message please adjoin instructions to your Paypal order.
- Page marker offer only goes for orders made on my website and while stock lasts. 

* Why EU only? You can, of course, order here if you live outside the EU but shipping will probably be more expensive.

The limited edition sleeve.

The limited edition cover.

 The gilt edges.

The limited edition print.

 Artist/writer signature page, detail.

 Hey, it's a Timid Cabbage Page Marker!

Thasos Beetle

It looked like a green-gold metallic marble from the corner of my eye, but it was in fact a Scarab beetle lying legs up on the tarmac of a Thasos road. Back home I discovered its official name is 'Protaetia Affenis', a not very common type of beetle that likes trees with juicy fruits. I need to find a good case for it so its belly and legs, equally dazzling of colour, can be seen.

Thasos was lovely. Great company, not too warm weather, wonderful food. And what a variation of wild plants and flowers this island has. Here are a few;

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Daily Noodles Returns

Noodles is not a very avid hunter but occasionally brings home insects, a small bird or, like the other day, a mouse. Besides my initial shock (1a; her succeeding in catching one and 1b; her tendency to rip them to shreds indoors) I'm also intrigued that I can immediately tell from her call and body language she's got me a 'gift'; creeping walk, straight back, tail up, pealing her special 'I got something!!' meow.

Œuf Surprise Print

This fine art giclée print of my Fabergé and spring inspired piece, 'Œuf Surprise'*, will soon be is now available at London's Atomica gallery! Limited print run, signed and numbered.

*See the original, and the works of many others like Ryan Heshka and Chris Conn at Atomica's 'Vision Quest' group exhibition, which runs to May 18. Atomica Gallery + Shop, 29 Short Gardens, London, UK.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Monsieur Porte Bonheur at Roq's 'Infusion' group show

Above you see a detail of one of my latest works, called 'Monsieur Porte Bonheur'. 

The title means ‘Mister Good Luck‘ in French. The work is a compliment to Hieronymus Bosch’s piece ‘The Wayfarer‘, mixed with a theme from a french Victorian postcard. The postcard, one from my own collection of vintage cards, displays an enumeration of French good luck charms. For example, the number 13 represents longevity, the pig means prosperity, the hands with ‘horn’ gesture stand for fortune, 'paix' (fish) symbolizes peace, 'argent' (magnet) is a symbol for money, etc.

My Mister Good Luck is a peddler that can not be trusted. He’s more of a huntsman, out to catch good luck in order to sell it.

More snapshots below, click on the images to zoom in. For more information please visit the Roq la Rue website.