Myths & Adventures
Studio – Teaching – Engagement – Publications
Art is also the bearer of a theme. I looked for classical themes, religious ones in the series ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ and mythological ones in ‘The Lusts of Zeus’.
The 7 Deadly Sins
‘The Lusts of Zeus’
Io & Argus -/- Leda & the swan
Danae & the golden rain -/- Europa & the bull
And art can connect nature with imagination,
Landscapes in Shangluo
Visits to China led to Chinese themes, depicted in landscape.
East and West continue to search for each other.
In 2010, I start the ‘Classical Academy of Sculpture’ in another location. This also goes well and they move to a larger accommodation, where there is also room for a graphics workshop and a drawing room.
Drawing -/- Graphics room
But after 5 years, it becomes the prey of conflicts and battles of interests between teachers – students drop out and the programme is phased out in the next two years.
Similar problems arise – at the same time as the celebration of the 10th anniversary in 2015 – at the Academy of Painting Art, these are initially resolved, but after I stepped down from the management in 2018 it flares up again. In 2019 I have had enough and leave the academy.
In 2012 I start the manifestation ‘The Renaissance in the North’ with exhibitions in 5 northern museums.
In 2013 I am awarded ‘Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau’ (Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau) and celebrate my 70th birthday with a retrospective exhibition in ‘Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura in Groningen.
In 2015, I am the initiator of the academy’s anniversary event titled ‘The Classical Salon’ with exhibitions in Northern Netherlands and Northern Germany, with mural commissions, etc..
Also in 2015 I am a panelist in ‘The Representational Art Conference’ TRAC-2015 in Ventura, California. It is an intiative of the California Lutheran University and attracts participants from all over the world.
It gives me the idea to bring this conference to the Netherlands: in 2018, ‘TRAC-2018’ will take place in Leeuwarden, then Cultural Capital of Europe, again with participants from all continents.
trac 2018, Leeuwarden -/- Exhibition Classical Art
Parallel to this is the exhibition, Classical Art, sponsored by Achmea. The organisation is in the hands of the ‘De Klassieke Salon’ foundation and during the conference, the ‘International League of Fine Art Schools’ ILFAS is presented.
That same year, I became involved in the 5th Silk Road International Art Festival in Xi’an, China, as an exhibitor and as a representative and made agreements for ILFAS concerning cultural exchange.
trac 2019, Ventura, USA -/- China in Netherlands -/- Netherlands in China
In 2019, on behalf of ILFAS, I will make contact with the Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuelle in Marrakesh, Morocco, I will participate in the (last) ‘TRAC-2019’ in Ventura and I will organise the ‘Dutch Silk Road Art Exhibition’ with 9 Chinese artists at 5 locations in Leeuwarden, Kampen, The Hague and Groningen. Conversely, the transport to China of works by 11 Dutch artists, for a special presentation in the ‘6th Silk Road International Art Festival’ in Xi’an. Participate in the installation on the spot and open the exhibition in the Shaanxi Province Museum on behalf of all foreign artists.
Opening Silk Road Art Festival -/- The Shaanxi Province Museum -/- Visit to Moscow
In Moscow, I then consult with the ‘Moscow State Academic Art Institute, named after V.I. Surikov of the Russian Academy of Arts’ and the ‘Moscow Art Lyceum’ about future exchanges. Finally, I participate in the Figure This Conference in London.
Catalogues for the manifestations “The Renaissance in the North” “The Classical Salon” (publisher Art Revisited) and the program booklet “TRAC2018” (publisher De Klassieke Salon).
Various catalogues about the China exchange: ‘Dutch Silk Road Art Exhibition’ and “The Silk Road International Art festival’ in Xi’an, China
‘Memorandum China’; Memorandum Russia; (publication st. ILFAS/Classical Salon)
Click here to open PDF: Lessons in levity (Lesson 1)
Click here to open PDF: Memorandum China’18;
Click here to open PDF: Memorandum China’19
Click here to open PDF: Memorandum Russia’19
Video: Dutch Silk Road Art Exhibition
Video: Opening Xi’an Silk Road Art Festival