Rob VanHoek

Rob VanHoek

Den Haag, Netherlands

About Rob VanHoek

Rob van Hoek September 2012

Born 1957
Autodidact
Professional artist since 1993
Numerous exhibitions in leading Dutch galleries, as well as in galleries in the United Kingdom (London ,Oxford, Newcastle), Denmark and France (St.Malo).
My paintings have been shown at International art fairs (The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, France).

Artist Statement

Subject
During all my years of painting I have been inspired by the landscape, especially the cultivated landscape. Wild, rough and virginal landscapes are beautiful too, but no subject of my paintings.

The patterns, lines, rhythms and shapes of (harvested) fields, a line of trees along a road, a solitaire tree in a field, the houses which liven up the countryside; these are a few items that make the cultivated landscape so inspiring to me. And of course the sky above, adding space and atmosphere.

Perspective is used in a playful way; sometimes flat, sometimes with depth, often both, and together with an emphasis on figurative details, it gives the paintings a more or less naive character.

Painting Technique
On the canvas I put at least 5 or 6 layers of white, gesso-like paint. The brush strokes of these layers give a nice structure. Because I use transparent oil paint in several very thin layers, the structure remains visible, adding much atmosphere to the painting.

Instead of adding the paint precisely with a brush, I work the other way around; I put on a lot of paint and then I carefully remove some of it, while "drawing" in the wet paint with a brush, the backside of a brush, a cloth, a tissue, a Q-tip or whatever is suitable for making the lines, the forms, the dots etc.


The Titles
All the titles I use are lines (or parts of lines) from song lyrics. Mostly from pop music, sometimes a title of a jazz song. There are so many references to the landscape to be found, (and the sky, the weather, the time of day, the time of year, and so on), which I thankfully use.
Usually I give the title to the painting when it is finished, browsing through my collection of songlines and selecting the most appropriate one. But sometimes I make a painting with a particular songline in mind.
Working from this concept is inspired the novel "The Songlines", by Bruce Chatwin.

Exhibitions

2020 Seoul Art Show December.
2020 Biscuit Factory Newcastle November
2020. Greenstage gallery Group Winter
2020 AAF London Battersea March
2019 AAF Amsterdam.
2019 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle Winter
2019 AAF Battersea, Hampstead, Bristol, Fresh Art Fair
2018 Art Fair Edinburgh November
2018 . Doorway gallery Dublin
2018 . AAF Battersea London Oktober
2018 Greenstage gallery Group
2018 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle Autumn
2018 De Hollandse Maagd Gouda groep
2018 A-Quadraat Vorden groep
2018 Moeejendaag Tegelen Solo
2017 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle Group
2017 AAF Battersea London Art Fair
2017 Greenstage gallery solo
2017 Galerie Hans Persoon Group
2016 Dom Galerie Wiener Neustadt (Austria) Solo
2016 Imagine Gallery Suffolk (UK) Solo
2016 Annex:art Berlin group
2016 Galerie Année Haarlem group
2016 Affordable Art Fair London (Battersea) Art Fair
2016 Brugman Voorburg Solo
2016 Moeejendaag Tegelen Solo
2015 De Hollandse Maagd Gouda Solo
2015 De Oude School Stroe Solo
2015 Greenstage Gallery Worchester (UK) group
2015 Laerken Hazerswoude/Nykobing group
2015 Greenstage Gallery Worchester (UK) group
2015 Marketplace gallery Olney (UK) Solo
2015 Stark Gallery Canterbury (UK) group
2015 Affordable Art Fair London (Battersea) Art Fair
2015 Affordable Art Fair Brussel Art Fair
2015 Imagine Gallery Suffolk (UK) Group
2014 Hans Persoon Veldhoven Group
2014 Stockholm AAF Stockholm Art Fair
2014 Cambridge Art Fair Cambridge Art Fair
2014 Bistol AAF Bristol Art Fair
2014 Kunstbeurs Westeinderplassen Aalsmeer Art Fair
2014 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle solo
2014 Celia Lendis Galleries The Cotswolds group
2014 Galerie Audrey Marty St Malo solo
2014 Galerie Hofstede /lijn 3 Geersdijk solo
2014 Affordable Art Fair (AAF) Londen (Hampstead) Art fair
2014 Chelsea Art Fair London Art Fair
2014 Storestreet Gallery Londen Duo
2014 Affordable Art Fair (AAF) Londen (Battersea) Art fair
2014 Marketplace Gallery Olney, Buckinghamshire group
2014 Galerie Holland aan zee Alkmaar group
2013 Art Assen (2-3 november) Assen Art fair
2013 Kunstprijs Groene hart Nieuwkoop group
2013 Galerie Meander Zevenaar group
2013 Galerie Sous-Terre Aalsmeer Art fair
2013 Galerie Sous-Terre Lithoijen Solo
2013 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle group
2013 Galerie Audrey Marty St Malo group
2013 Hans Persoon Veldhoven group
2013 Galerie Audrey Marty St. Malo Solo
2013 Anton ter Braak Diepenheim Atelier route
2012 Sous terre 2x Aalsmeer en Nijverdal Art fair
2012 Sous Terre Aalsmeer Duo
2012 Galerie Audrey Marty St Malo group
2012 Hans Persoon Veldhoven solo
2012 De hofstede - lijn 3 Geersdijk group
2012 In de oude school Stroe solo
2012 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle solo
2012 Het Reghthuys Nieuwkoop solo
2012 la Petite Galerie/ Audrey Marty St. Malo solo
2011 Laerken Nykobing/Hazerswoude group
2011 Kunstschouw /Galerie lijn3 Haamstede group/kunstroute
2011 Fort aan de Drecht Uithoorn group
2011 The Biscuit Factory Newcastle solo
2010 Smelik en Stokking Den haag, Amsterdam group
2010 Belled Langbroek solo
2010 Het Oude Raadhuis Warmond solo
2010 Laerken Hazerswoude solo
2010 Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford group
2009 Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford group
2009 Laerken Galerie & Museum Nykobing, Danmark group
2009 Fresco Art Noordwijk solo
2009 Smelik en Stokking Den haag, Amsterdam group
2008 Laerken Galerie & Museum Nykobing, Danmark solo
2008 AAF Parijs Art Fair
2008 Belled Langbroek solo
2008 Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford group
2008 Smelik en Sokking Amsterdam solo
2007 Affordable Art Fair London Art Fair