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

Mr. Poet

Mr. Poet

Mixed Media on Canvas

79 x 59 inches

180601

Featuring 02

Featuring 02

Mixed Media on Canvas

65 x 51 inches

180549

City Walk

City Walk

Mixed Media on Canvas

31 x 47 inches

180547

Woman

Woman

Mixed Media on Canvas

71 x 47 inches

170294

4 Rooms Counts my Heart

4 Rooms Counts my Heart

Mixed Media on Canvas

33 x 39 inches

170293

4 Rooms Has my Heart II

4 Rooms Has my Heart II

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 51 inches

170291

4 Rooms Has my Heart I

4 Rooms Has my Heart I

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 51 inches

170290

Add Instant Life

Add Instant Life

Mixed Media on Canvas

20 x 20 inches

140695

Featuring

Featuring

Mixed Media on Canvas

20 x 20 inches

1240686

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.

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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