2021, Art The Hague

 

Art The Hague is an annual contemporary art fair in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Pieter’s work is on show at the booth of OODE gallery, Amsterdam.

For this exhibition Pieter has revisited the Dark Space Dark Matter series, combining existing concepts with new themes such as repetition and shadow, matter and anti-matter.

opening: September 29th, 2021        18:00-22:00
 

Art The Hague
Binckhorstlaan 249, 2516 BB The Hague
september 29 – october 3, 2021

2021

Currently Pieter is working on a number of large scale paintings, and towards another exhibition with paintings and furniture.

The paintings are an extension of the Draped Spaces series. The scale of the work allows for an exploration of the body-gesture as a mechanism of draping and thereby creating space.

The furniture is a structural exploration into the lightness of Aluminum.

Here is a detail of one of the works in progress:

 

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Dutch Colorists

 

In September 2019 the Draped Spaces series was exhibited at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery as part of the Dutch Colorists show that Pieter conceptualized and co-curated together with Ben Shattuck.

 

 

Dutch Colorists is a group show, in 2019 it included the work of Barbara Rink (whose work is shown in the invitation above), Daniel Mullen, Pieter de Bruyn Kops, Rob Bouwman, Willem van der Weide, and Neil Fortune. These artists, all living and working in the Netherlands, represent an exciting new artistic movement; though they are not consciously a group nor work in the same medium, their work revolves almost entirely around color.

“Abstract Colorism is a celebration of light, of creativity, of painting.
Color helps us define new forms of spatiality.”

The show captures a bright phenomenon and highlights another stage in Dutch painting: the spatial, playful, and abundant use of color.

Draped Spaces

Pink & Blue
80 x 61 cm, oil on panel, 2017-2019

a Little Humanity
61 x 40 cm, oil on panel, 2018-2019

Draped Spaces expands on Pieter’s previous ideas of figure-ground painting with the addition of more specific textures, colours, and a border condition that is not only generated by the figure touching and interacting with the ground, but takes on its own dimension and calligraphic character. By doing so the border begins to mediate and dictate the interaction between figure and ground. The figure is also more expressive than in past series.

This series draws very literal, initial inspiration from drapery and begins to examine the curtain as an element that separates spaces of different qualities, and the quality that it lends to the space.

All of these paintings were initially generated by drawing the bottoms of the curtains that Pieter found in and around his past studio spaces that today no longer exist. By drawing this phenomenon in a circular manner a figure is formed that is framed and isolated within a ground space.

Blue Red & Yellow
61 x 80 cm, oil on panel, 2018-2019

an Idea of Spring
61 x 40 cm, oil on panel, 2018-2019

White Flag #1
80 x 61 cm, oil on panel, 2017-2019

With these works Pieter returns to using oil paint and has chosen to work on panel. Draped Spaces also marks an end to the use of the limited, dark palatte of the former series Dark Space Dark Matter, and the Slugs. Draped Spaces is very much an examination and celebration of painting, and of color.

White Flag #2
122 x 61 cm, oil on panel, 2017-2019

2019, an exhibition of recent works

2 Dark Bodies in Space #4
guache on canvas, 40×50 cm, 2019
private collection

Dark Space Dark Matter

opening: March 21, 2019       17:30-20:30

 

an Approximation of a Navajo Chief’s Blanket
60 x 80 cm, guache on canvas, 2019
private collection

 

OODE
Singel 159 a, Amsterdam
thurs/fri/sat/sun 12:00-18:00

Slugs

Bullet Boot

Slug #1
60 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
private collection

This series is a continuation of a fascination with the projectile that started with the Bouncy Balls. In this case the series focuses on the bullet or Slug.

The identity of the projectile is derived from the fleeting moment in which it is put to use, and by definition into motion. In the Slug series, the individual bullets are displayed as iconic monoliths, thereby achieving a certain monumentality. The dark, black-based palette is a continuation of the Dark Space Dark Matter series and fits the loaded subject well. As with all of Pieter’s recent paintings, ambiguity is achieved by controlling the way in which the object is portrayed. It is literally a bullet, but can and is more often seen as something different.

SLUG 2

Slug #2
60 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
private collection

Slug #3,
60 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
private collection

SLUG 4

Slug #4
60 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2017
private collection

Slug #5
60 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2017
private collection

Dark Space Dark Matter

Red Ball in Space

Blackstar
40 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015-2016
private collection

 

This series of works focuses on the fundamental relationship in painting between the figure and the ground. By using a limited palette of red-black & blue-black a certain value can be assigned to each, and the focus is placed further on the distinction between the two. Pieter continued to use this palette in the Slug series.

In Dark Space Dark Matter inspiration is found in the astrophysical macro scale of the cosmos as well as in the micro scale of microbial biology. In this series Pieter uses the medium of painting to greatly limit variables so that the relationship between an object and its background can be isolated and in so doing, better seen.

Rod in Space

Rod in Space
20 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
 

Blue Body in Red Space
70 x 90 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
 

200x90 BB

Dark Space Dark Matter #1
200 x 90 cm, oil on canvas, 2016
 

figures-in-space

Dark Space Dark Matter #2
90 x 60 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
private collection

 

Bouncy Balls

Bouncy Ball # 1_small

Red Bouncy Ball
40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014
private collection

A fascination for the Bouncy Ball and more generally the projectile begins when the Red Bouncy Ball comes to rest at his feet. Upon picking it up he is struck with the urge to document this thing in paint. What follows is an intention to render these balls flat, iconic, and scaleless thereby allowing the viewer to focus on the individual surface compositions of the balls while leaving room for interpretation and meaning.big-blue-bouncy-ball

Big Blue Bouncy Ball
80×100 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
private collection

The identity of a projectile is derived from the fleeting moment in which it is put to use, and by definition into motion. In the Bouncy Ball series, the individual balls are displayed as isolated circles of colours, thus achieving a focused, monolithic state. The palette, based largely on primaries, is a faithful reproduction of the colours given to these rubber balls at the time of their manufacturing and fit the playful subject well. As with all of Pieter’s recent paintings, ambiguity is achieved by controlling the way in which the object is portrayed. It is literally a bouncy ball, but can be seen as something else.

The fascination for the projectile is continued most directly in the Slug series.

white-bouncy-ball

White Bouncy Ball
40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
private collection

This series marks Pieter’s return to painting

yellow-green-ball-with-ground

Yellow-Green Bouncy Ball with Ground
55×95 cm, guache on canvas, 2016

bouncyball3

Checkered Bouncy Ball
40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
private collection

Bouncy Ball 2 small

Pink and Blue Bouncy Ball
40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014
private collection

Imaginary Landscapes

Fantastic Landscape

Imaginary Landscape
160 x 100 cm, guache on canvas, 2014-2016

 

Building on fire

a Building on Fire
90 x 150 cm, guache on canvas, 2014-2016

 

primate enclosure

Abandoned Primate Enclosure
65 x 40 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
private collection

 

Ice moon

White Moon
40 x 65 cm, guache on canvas, 2016

ELIO chair

Elio Chair, Pieter de Bruyn Kops

ELIO is a smart, minimalistic steelframe chair accented with pearwood armrests and a leather sitting. As a composition, the chair has an exceptionally small profile allowing for a harmony with light and the space it inhabits. During the act of sitting, Elio flexes into position around the weight of the body affording a beautiful and solid seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photography: Dietmar Gunne

 

FOR SALE

ELA table lamp

 

ELA the table lamp is a contemporary composite furniture piece centered around the inviting and fundamental inter-relationship between a copper lamp and a round, stone table top. Its manufacturing is partially outsourced to professional tradesmen, and is made-to-order.

FOR SALE

VESTA Lampshade

 

VESTA is a hand-rolled copper lampshade that has a genuine, open and warm quality.  Being handmade, each lampshade is subtly unique, while the materiality of the copper adds a healthy warmth to the modern light fixture and by extention to any contemporary interior.  With its open overlap in the cone, Vesta differentiates itself from other copper lampshades by emitting a warm, atmospheric line of light while referencing a primitive and artisanal nature.

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