Arty Grimm

“The eye and mind don’t like chaos.
Beauty only springs to life when all of the pieces seem to fit but the mystery remains.”

Biography

The evocative canvases of Dutch painter Arty Grimm skate close to representation but never quite leave the abstract realm. Like the work of cubists and abstract expressionists who were inspired by prehistoric and ancient art (Picasso, Miro, and Twombly, among others), her paintings seem to reach deep into cultural time, unearthing forms from the collective human consciousness—monoliths, totems, and organic figures suggesting fruits or flowers. Grimm has frequently spoken of art as a method for making beauty out of chaos, a “sieve” that chaos, or randomness, can fall through and end up transformed. Her definition of beauty, however, as shown in her paintings, is not frozen perfection, but rather an embrace of chaos itself—a way to contain the unknown while preserving its wildness.

Helen Frankenthaler, whose amoebic images Grimm’s sometimes resemble, believed that “a really good picture looks as if it's happened at once…one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it.” Grimm would no doubt agree. Her paintings are born in moments of inspiration, the result of often unconventional tools (a tree branch as a brush, for instance) and an almost dance-like private performance of gestural painting. Her recent works contain shapes resembling blocks of stone—hulking yet somehow graceful, they seem to conceal a mystery. And in a sense, they do: the mystery of their making.

Grimm was born in Rotterdam in 1950 and lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Academy of Art in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has exhibited her work throughout the Netherlands as well as in Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Argentina, and the U.S., including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibiza, Spain; the Jan van der Togt Museum in Amstelveen, the Netherlands; and the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Born

1950 Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Education

Academy of Art, Djokjakarta, Indonesia.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2021 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, St. Helena, and Montecito

2019 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012  ML Design Gallery, Garnier, Damme, Belgium.

2010  ML Design Gallery, Knokke-Le Zoute, Belgium.

2009  ML Design Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

2007  Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany.

2006  Museum voor Moderne kunst, Ibiza, Spain.

2002  Museum Danubia, Bratislava, Slovakia.

           Palau Can Gomis, Barcelona, Spain.

           Col. Arquitectos, Santiago de Compostella, Spain.

2001  Museum Danubia, Bratislava, Slovakia.

           Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany.

           Galerie Pieters, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium.

2000  Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Rayuela, Madrid, Spain.

           Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands.

1999  Fundación de arte Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

           Museum de Pon, Leusden, Netherlands.

           Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1997  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1996  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1995  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1994  Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands.

           Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1993  Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1992  Museum Singer, Laren, Netherlands.

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Selected Artworks

Untitled #210218

Untitled #210218

Acrylic on Canvas

63 x 79 inches

210218

Untitled #210217

Untitled #210217

Acrylic on Canvas

63 x 79 inches

210217

Untitled #210215

Untitled #210215

Acrylic on Canvas

61 x 61 inches

210215

Untitled #210213

Untitled #210213

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 67 inches

210213

Untitled 210050

Untitled 210050

Acrylic on Canvas

39 x 39 inches

210050

Untitled 200459

Untitled 200459

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 71 inches

200459

Untitled 200458

Untitled 200458

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 98 inches

200458

Untitled 200455

Untitled 200455

Acrylic on Canvas

63 x 47 inches

200455

Untitled 200452

Untitled 200452

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 39 inches

200452

Untitled 200448

Untitled 200448

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 55 inches

200448

Untitled 200077

Untitled 200077

Acrylic on Canvas

55 x 47 inches

200077

Untitled 200042

Untitled 200042

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 75 inches

200042

Untitled 200033

Untitled 200033

Acrylic on Canvas

39 x 39 inches

200033

Untitled 190301

Untitled 190301

Acrylic on Canvas

65 x 45 inches

190301

Untitled 190195

Untitled 190195

Acrylic on Canvas

55 x 79 inches

190185

Born

1950 Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Education

Academy of Art, Djokjakarta, Indonesia.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2021 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, St. Helena, and Montecito

2019 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012  ML Design Gallery, Garnier, Damme, Belgium.

2010  ML Design Gallery, Knokke-Le Zoute, Belgium.

2009  ML Design Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

2007  Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany.

2006  Museum voor Moderne kunst, Ibiza, Spain.

2002  Museum Danubia, Bratislava, Slovakia.

           Palau Can Gomis, Barcelona, Spain.

           Col. Arquitectos, Santiago de Compostella, Spain.

2001  Museum Danubia, Bratislava, Slovakia.

           Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany.

           Galerie Pieters, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium.

2000  Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Galerie Rayuela, Madrid, Spain.

           Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands.

1999  Fundación de arte Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

           Museum de Pon, Leusden, Netherlands.

           Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1997  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1996  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1995  Delaive Gallery, KunsrRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1994  Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands.

           Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Delaive Gallery, KunstRai, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1993  Delaive Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1992  Museum Singer, Laren, Netherlands.

Biography

The evocative canvases of Dutch painter Arty Grimm skate close to representation but never quite leave the abstract realm. Like the work of cubists and abstract expressionists who were inspired by prehistoric and ancient art (Picasso, Miro, and Twombly, among others), her paintings seem to reach deep into cultural time, unearthing forms from the collective human consciousness—monoliths, totems, and organic figures suggesting fruits or flowers. Grimm has frequently spoken of art as a method for making beauty out of chaos, a “sieve” that chaos, or randomness, can fall through and end up transformed. Her definition of beauty, however, as shown in her paintings, is not frozen perfection, but rather an embrace of chaos itself—a way to contain the unknown while preserving its wildness.

Helen Frankenthaler, whose amoebic images Grimm’s sometimes resemble, believed that “a really good picture looks as if it's happened at once…one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it.” Grimm would no doubt agree. Her paintings are born in moments of inspiration, the result of often unconventional tools (a tree branch as a brush, for instance) and an almost dance-like private performance of gestural painting. Her recent works contain shapes resembling blocks of stone—hulking yet somehow graceful, they seem to conceal a mystery. And in a sense, they do: the mystery of their making.

Grimm was born in Rotterdam in 1950 and lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Academy of Art in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has exhibited her work throughout the Netherlands as well as in Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Argentina, and the U.S., including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibiza, Spain; the Jan van der Togt Museum in Amstelveen, the Netherlands; and the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Arty Grimm

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Arty Grimm

“The eye and mind don’t like chaos.
Beauty only springs to life when all of the pieces seem to fit but the mystery remains.”

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