Theo Overgaauw

Theo Overgaauw

Sellingen, Groningen, Netherlands

About Theo Overgaauw

In my work I am trying to find a middle ground or mix between abstract and figurative with a bit of a twist. Like a curveball, something unbalancing.
I start with a blank canvas, no preliminary studies, and just take off. I find that when I make preliminary studies I tend to get uptight having to follow the study, scared of colouring outside the lines and thus killing the fun in painting and the work itself.
I don’t know where its going, just one step after another and will see were the painting takes me. At some point there will be conscious decisions, certainly when stepping back and finding that somewhere I have taken a wrong turn. But even that can be exciting, getting it back on track. Its just not only the final result, I am also in it for the ride.
It has to be impulsive and funnily enough because of letting go I feel more in charge. If there are any rules or boundaries then they are mine.
I lean on painters and their works that have preceded me and thanks to the Internet/Instagram also those that are around. I borrow what they have done and use it, mold it, so that I can channel it and make it work for my benefit.


Attended the Vrije Academie and attended a workshop of a week by Jörg Immendorff (Rijks Academie).





2002 Galerie de Lange

2015 Salon des Refusés
2011 EM galerie 'Hommage aan de Collectioneur Klaas en Alie Brandsma'
2008 Hanzehofmuseum Zutphen
2007 Galerie Nijehove
2004 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange
2004 Galerie de Lange
2003 Galerie de Lange
2003 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange