Rik Van Iersel

With fearless brushwork and an explosive palette, Rik van Iersel fuses traditions of expressionism, symbolism and Pop art into paintings of profound psychological depth and visual complexity. Inhabited by unforgettably distinct characters, his canvases are richly developed emotional landscapes that explore the often volatile dynamics of human interaction. Van Iersel’s imagery-a collection of private symbols culled from primitive art, comics and the collective unconscious-combines dark humor with an irrepressible belief in the communicative power of art-making. To view his work is to find ourselves at the center of a vital conversation.

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Biography

Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, in 1961, Rik van Iersel now lives and works in Eindhoven. During the initial stages of his career, van Iersel experimented with cartoon illustration but eventually directed his artistic pursuits to the possibilities of painting, within both a technical and subjective realm. Entirely self taught, van Iersel’s work coincides with Art Brut’s hailing of marginal, outsider artist figures and the COBRA movement’s revival of expressionism. Over the years he has developed a collection of powerful and unadulterated subject matter by weaving his everyday impressions of the outside world with his own internal dialogues.

As a perpetual, obsessive adventure, painting functions as a means to exploring and richly satisfying van Iersel’s curiosity. His primary concerns revolve around the dynamics of human relationships in its many different revelatory forms, and for Rik, painting announces those resolutions. He exalts the communicative power that the actual "process" of painting allows him. The viscosity of the paints, the electrified palette, the furious, determined strokes, wandering sketches and scratched surfaces demonstrate an uninhibited, raw expression through his materials. Furthermore, the elongated anatomy, distorted countenances and skittish lines expose an art laden with idiosyncrasies. Van Iersel reveals an intense psychology coupled with a playful, childlike innocence.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Buro-Beukorkest openings expo
Brakke boeken TAC Eindhoven
Galerie Janssen Eindhoven
Axes-Beuk , Art space Buro-Beukorkest Eindhoven.
Stadens Museum for Kunst Denmark
Miami ART FAIR Caldwell Snyder gallery
The Partaker; Art Space Buro-Beukorkest Eindhoven
2012 KEG Cultural Centre Schijndel
NOBELAER, Cultural Centre; Etten Leur
Xin-Art Gallery, France
Kunsthalle Reutlingen, Germany
van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, part of the René Daniëls
exhibition
Poetry International by Toonzaal Rotterdam
Effenaar Eindhoven; painted posters and artwork for
Beukorkest
Gallery Stills Nijmegen
Gallery Peter Borchardt Hamburg,Germany
Buro-Beukorkest project exhibition during Dutch-Design-
Week Eindhoven
2011 Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
2010 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami
Velada St. Lucia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Nieuwe aanwinsten, Museum Bommel van Dam, Venlo.
Eindwerpen-Anthoven, Fish & Chips Antwerpen - De
Overslag, Eindhoven
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
2009 Vaasotheek, Kruithuis, Den Bosch
Galerie Veronica Kautsch, Michelstadt
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg
SW1 Gallery London - Praxis Hagen, Paintwork Two,
London
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco
Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Beukorkest Grafisch. Masterclass & Expo - De Overslag,
Eindhoven
2006 No Colours Today, Galerie Peter Borchardt, University of
Eindhoven, Essener
Architekturtage, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2005 Transparancy Wolk, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg,
Germany
2004 Scribble for Life, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg,
Germany
Transparancy Wolk, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven,
Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Transparancy Wolk, Museum van Bommel van Dam,
Venlo, Netherlands
2003 Art Cologne, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Kunsthalle Arnstadt,
Arnstadt, Germany
Art Frankfurt, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2002 Art Frankfurt, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
The 27 Points, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück,
Germany
MU Artfoundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands
De Krabbedans, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Selected Artworks

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Buro-Beukorkest openings expo
Brakke boeken TAC Eindhoven
Galerie Janssen Eindhoven
Axes-Beuk , Art space Buro-Beukorkest Eindhoven.
Stadens Museum for Kunst Denmark
Miami ART FAIR Caldwell Snyder gallery
The Partaker; Art Space Buro-Beukorkest Eindhoven
2012 KEG Cultural Centre Schijndel
NOBELAER, Cultural Centre; Etten Leur
Xin-Art Gallery, France
Kunsthalle Reutlingen, Germany
van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, part of the René Daniëls
exhibition
Poetry International by Toonzaal Rotterdam
Effenaar Eindhoven; painted posters and artwork for
Beukorkest
Gallery Stills Nijmegen
Gallery Peter Borchardt Hamburg,Germany
Buro-Beukorkest project exhibition during Dutch-Design-
Week Eindhoven
2011 Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
2010 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami
Velada St. Lucia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Nieuwe aanwinsten, Museum Bommel van Dam, Venlo.
Eindwerpen-Anthoven, Fish & Chips Antwerpen - De
Overslag, Eindhoven
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
2009 Vaasotheek, Kruithuis, Den Bosch
Galerie Veronica Kautsch, Michelstadt
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg
SW1 Gallery London - Praxis Hagen, Paintwork Two,
London
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco
Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Beukorkest Grafisch. Masterclass & Expo - De Overslag,
Eindhoven
2006 No Colours Today, Galerie Peter Borchardt, University of
Eindhoven, Essener
Architekturtage, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2005 Transparancy Wolk, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg,
Germany
2004 Scribble for Life, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg,
Germany
Transparancy Wolk, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven,
Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Transparancy Wolk, Museum van Bommel van Dam,
Venlo, Netherlands
2003 Art Cologne, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Kunsthalle Arnstadt,
Arnstadt, Germany
Art Frankfurt, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2002 Art Frankfurt, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
The 27 Points, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück,
Germany
MU Artfoundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands
De Krabbedans, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Willy Schoots Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Biography

Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, in 1961, Rik van Iersel now lives and works in Eindhoven. During the initial stages of his career, van Iersel experimented with cartoon illustration but eventually directed his artistic pursuits to the possibilities of painting, within both a technical and subjective realm. Entirely self taught, van Iersel’s work coincides with Art Brut’s hailing of marginal, outsider artist figures and the COBRA movement’s revival of expressionism. Over the years he has developed a collection of powerful and unadulterated subject matter by weaving his everyday impressions of the outside world with his own internal dialogues.

As a perpetual, obsessive adventure, painting functions as a means to exploring and richly satisfying van Iersel’s curiosity. His primary concerns revolve around the dynamics of human relationships in its many different revelatory forms, and for Rik, painting announces those resolutions. He exalts the communicative power that the actual "process" of painting allows him. The viscosity of the paints, the electrified palette, the furious, determined strokes, wandering sketches and scratched surfaces demonstrate an uninhibited, raw expression through his materials. Furthermore, the elongated anatomy, distorted countenances and skittish lines expose an art laden with idiosyncrasies. Van Iersel reveals an intense psychology coupled with a playful, childlike innocence.