Joost Verhagen

Joost Verhagen

Eindhoven, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

About Joost Verhagen

Joost Verhagen (1975) was continually drawing from a very young age. This was no surprise with art teachers and designers in the family who encouraged him. His grandparents lived in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The large harbour impressed the young boy – the skyline, ships, refineries and terminals. On A3-sheets of paper, with pencil, he drew cityscapes and skylines of large, fictitious metropoles. Art school in Rotterdam was the obvious next step, but the course was not really what he was hoping for and a career in real estate followed.

A yearning remained. After backpacking in Australia in earlier life Joost Verhagen decided to emigrate there and work for several years as a labourer in infrastructure in the Outback. The rough landscapes stayed with him when he returned to Europe. Once again, he picked up pencil and paper. Also brushes. He studied classic painting at the art academy of Antwerp (Belgium) and graduated in 2019. Joost Verhagen is now a full-time painter, based in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and his modern landscapes are sold worldwide. His art has been exhibited in The Netherlands, Belgium and India. He was chosen ‘Artist of the Month’ by Online Gallery in April 2021.

The artist translates the modern landscape, an ongoing quest. With his i-Phone camera he searches for images that can be transformed from photo to canvas. His starting point is realism. With simple tools, only brush, palette knife and usually acrylic paint on linen he aims to transform the image into something fascinating, surreal or alienating. The representation comes first: the Golden Ratio is of course important, but according to Joost Verhagen this should not be the only way to achieve the end result.
The artist will get to the edge of exaggeration, between realism and the abstract. In terms of colour anything goes, from light to dark. The subject matter may seem grim, but it is not without hope. Images and shapes must be genuine, not artificial. Joost Verhagen often finds this in desolate locations. ‘My starting point at first sight could be seen as still, boring or even without inspiration. But it is not hopeless - things are happening. Dynamics and progress are possible.’ He prefers working on linen larger than 1 x 1 metre, pinned to the wall. Only after he stretches the linen on a frame. This gives freedom to review the dimensions. Other themes are small landscape studies and portraits. These art works too transform realism into abstraction.

Joost Verhagen’s aim is to be freed from the definitive. The artist is inspired by modern landscapes painters such as Carla Klein, Jan Ros, Koen van de Broek and Erin McSavaney. Also by the American photography of Gregory Crewdson. ‘They are experts in alienating an everyday image to create great work.’ His own work has been called Modern Edward Hopper.

Education

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts - KASKA
Classical Painting Techniques
Antwerp, Belgium
(2014 - 2019)

Exhibitions

November 24 to December 23, 2018
Best of Portfolio Dagen - Galerie Nasty Alice
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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June 15 to June 23, 2018
Martin van Blerk Galerie
Antwerp, Belgium
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June 10 and 11, 2017
Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Antwerp, Belgium
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March 3th. to April 10th. 2017
Meet the Creators Expo
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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December 27th. to 30th. 2016
IBCAN Expo - van Abbe Museum
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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October 1st. to 31st. 2016
Meet the Creators Expo
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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July 9th. and 10th. 2016
Kunst Expo Eindhoven Klokgebouw Strijp-S
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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June 6th. to June 19th. 2016
AVISKAR 9th. International Art Expo 
Kolkata, India
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March 6th. to August 31st. 2016
Meet the Creators Expo
Eindhoven, the Netherlands 
SOLO exhibition
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November 14th. and 15th. 2015
NOW Art Fair Ahoy
Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
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October 30th. to December 12th. 2015
Gallery In De Ruimte
Geldrop, the Netherlands
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September 26th. and 27th. 2015 
ADAF International Dutch Art Fair
Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
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August 8th. and 9th. 2015
TAC Kunst Expo
Eindhoven, the Netherlands 
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July 18th. 2015
Kunstweekend Kasteeltuinen
Arcen, the Netherlands