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.

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.

Born

1961  Maastricht, Netherlands


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

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

2018  LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            BMB Galerie, Amsterdam

            Kunstsalon Assen, De Nieuwe Kolk Assen

            Art Amsterdam Galerie Kers

            Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg

            Fort Asperen, Vazen Lijn 66

            Galerie Schichtwechsel, Hamburg

            Buro Beukorkest TAC Eindhoven, Art Music production

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

            Art Amsterdam Galerie Kers

2016  Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg

            Buro Beukorkest TAC, Eindhoven

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

2015  Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg ( Ger )

2014 Galerie Jansen, Eindhoven

            Galerie BMB, Amsterdam

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            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

2012 KEG Cultural Centre Schijndel

            NOBELAER, Cultural Centre; Etten Leur

            Xin-Art Gallery, France

            Kunsthalle Reutlingen, Germany

            van Abbe Museum Eindhoven

            Poetry International by Toonzaal Rotterdam

            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.

            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, London

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

            Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2006 No Colours Today, Galerie Peter Borchardt, University of Eindhoven, Essener

            Architekturtage, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2005 Transparancy Wolk, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2004 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

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Selected Artworks

The Old Blue House with Staircases

The Old Blue House with Staircases

Oil on Canvas

31 x 26 inches

210771

Window View

Window View

Oil on Canvas

31 x 24 inches

210770

Robert Frank Street

Robert Frank Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210769

Sonia Delaunay Street

Sonia Delaunay Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210768

Sun Ra Street

Sun Ra Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210767

Patti Smith Street

Patti Smith Street

Oil on Canvas

20 x 26 inches

210766

Nina Simone Street

Nina Simone Street

Oil on Canvas

20 x 26 inches

210765

More House for Poetry

More House for Poetry

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210764

Lucebert Street

Lucebert Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210762

Le Corbusier Street

Le Corbusier Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210761

Kim Gordon Street

Kim Gordon Street

Oil on Canvas

20 x 26 inches

210760

Jon Hassell Street

Jon Hassell Street

Oil on Canvas

28 x 35 inches

210759

Johnny Dowd Street

Johnny Dowd Street

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

210758

House for More Poetry

House for More Poetry

Oil on Canvas

47 x 39 inches

210757

Harbor

Harbor

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 inches

210756

Room to Live

Room to Live

Oil on Canvas

51 x 39 inches

210755

Ikue Mori Street

Ikue Mori Street

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 inches

210754

Dieter Roth Street l SOLD

Dieter Roth Street l SOLD

Oil on Canvas

39 x 51 inches

210753

Mr. Poet

Mr. Poet

Mixed Media on Canvas

79 x 59 inches

180601

Born

1961  Maastricht, Netherlands


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

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

2018  LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            BMB Galerie, Amsterdam

            Kunstsalon Assen, De Nieuwe Kolk Assen

            Art Amsterdam Galerie Kers

            Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg

            Fort Asperen, Vazen Lijn 66

            Galerie Schichtwechsel, Hamburg

            Buro Beukorkest TAC Eindhoven, Art Music production

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

            Art Amsterdam Galerie Kers

2016  Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg

            Buro Beukorkest TAC, Eindhoven

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

2015  Galerie Ralf Lake, Oldenburg ( Ger )

2014 Galerie Jansen, Eindhoven

            Galerie BMB, Amsterdam

            Galerie Kers, Amsterdam

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            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

2012 KEG Cultural Centre Schijndel

            NOBELAER, Cultural Centre; Etten Leur

            Xin-Art Gallery, France

            Kunsthalle Reutlingen, Germany

            van Abbe Museum Eindhoven

            Poetry International by Toonzaal Rotterdam

            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.

            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, London

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

            Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2006 No Colours Today, Galerie Peter Borchardt, University of Eindhoven, Essener

            Architekturtage, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2005 Transparancy Wolk, Peter Borchardt Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2004 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

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.

Rik Van Iersel

Press

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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