Posts Tagged ‘netherlands’

Artist of the moment…….Nicolaas Warb


Nicolaas Warb, also known as the Dutch artist Sophie Elisabeth Warburg, was an abstract painter and sculptor. Sophie Warburg was born in the year 1906.

The artist attended the Amsterdam Art Academy. She also studied on her own after moving to Paris, France in the late 1920s.

Nicolaas Warb vanished in 1957.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, watercolors,  gouache, and sculpture with prices range from $3,000 to $40,000.

What an interesting story this artist had? Her abstract works remind me of another artist who moved to Paris to live, Shirley Jaffe. Both artists use innovative shapes and their compositions showed wonderful flowing lines.



Artist of the moment…..Anton Pieck


Anton Pieck was a wonderful Dutch graphic artist and illustrator born in Den Helder, Netherlands in the year 1895. Pieck was a highly successful commercial artist appearing in many calendars and greeting cards.

Anton Pieck had a twin brother named Christian who also was an artist and illustrator.

The artist helped to create a theme park that was one of the most successful in Europe.

Anton Pieck passed away in 1987 at the age of 92 years of age.

Price range information: Pieck was a very successful as a printmaker and for painting worked in gouache, watercolor, ink, posters, and oils. Prices range from $500 for a poster or lithograph to $25,000 for an original.

In this great clip many works of Anton Pieck are set to music:

Pieck is similar to American painter Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s paintings were also on many cards, posters, and calendars of the same era.


Artist of the moment…….Klaas Gubbels

Klaas Gubbels was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Gubbels is renowned for his favorite subject, teapots. The artist works in many sizes and even has made wonderful street art  and murals using his signature teapots.

Gubbels is based out of Arnhem, Netherlands.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit the studio of Klaas Gubbels. The interview is in Dutch with English subtitles:

In this clip we visit a show from 2014:

What a great artist! Already the Netherlands have given us Delftware, now we have some wonderfully painted teapots in addition!


Artist of the moment……Theo Van Doesburg

Theo Van Doesburg was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in the year 1883. His father was a photographer  He was a founder of the De Stijl movement. Another noted leader of this movement was Piet Mondrian.

The artist began as a realist painter. He produced quite a large body of realistic paintings. Many examples of these types of works are in the clip.

The artist was born Christian Emil Marie Kupper. He was proud of his stepfather and so he began to use his name and even signed his paintings with his father’s name, Theo Doesburg. He would later add “van” to the signing of his works.

With Piet Mondiran and artists founded the De Stijl magazine in the year 1917. Van Doesburg was a published author and critic.

Van Doesburg was different than Mondrian in that Van Doesburg emplyed diagonal lines.

His first exhibition was in 1908.

Price range information: His works seldom appear on the market. Prices can range from $75,000 to more than $4 million dollars.

In this clip a variety of works by Theo Van Doesburg. Realist paintings are shown at the start and works from his De Stijl era are shown at the 1:53 or so part of the clip:


Artist of the moment……Cornelius Zitman

Cornelius Zitman is an  internationally acclaimed sculptor born on November 9th of the year 1926 in Leiden, The Netherlands. He just celebrated his 87th birthday a few weeks ago! Zitman’s family worked in the construction industry.

As a young man Zitman began lessons at the collegiate level when he was only fifteen years of age. Zitman enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Art located in the Hague. When he was finished with school it was mandatory he serve a few years in his countries military. Zitman disagreed with his countries ideas on what to do in Indonesia and fled Holland for Venezuela.

The artist found work as a draftsman for a construction company. He also found work in his new country as a furniture designer.

Cornelius Zitman also taught at the collegiate level at the Central University of Venezuela.

In this clip we visit a show featuring works of Cornelis Zitman:

During all this time he had continued to paint and began sculpting. Zitman would go on to win a National Award for Sculpture in 1951.

In the late 1950s Zitman decided to leave the rat race and give up business. He decided to just paint and sculpt and moved to the island of Grenada.  Grenada is a great country consisting of around 110,000 people on 133 square miles. Grenada is located in the south of the Caribbean Sea.

In many works Zitman uses the human female figure for a basic idea, then will transform it so it is more of a mythological creature. Many of these myths or creatures directly from the culture of Venezuela.

Zitman has been awarded many international awards in his home country and abroad.

Corenlius Zitman was given the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Its the highest award a non military person can receive in his home country of Holland.

Price range information: The artist has done works in graphite and ink starting around $3,000 up to larger sized bronzes which can reach as much as $700,000.

I love his interpretation of the female figure. Very expressive!


Artist of the moment…..Amsterdam Street Artist Fake

Fake is a street artist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands born in 1980. Fake works in prints and stencil work on walls. The artist has been using street art to bring humor to people’s lifes. He grew up in Lelystad,  the Netherlands.

Started to tag at age fourteen.

Fake is a self taught artist.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Has been in art shows in Europe, Iran, and the United States.

Here we view a time lapse of FAKE working on a stencil titled “Doggystye.”

A link to the website of the street artist FAKE:

In this clip we view another great stencil by FAKE. What a funny street artist!


Artist of the moment……Street artist Max Zorn

Max Zorn is street artist from Amsterdam, Netherlands  that uses packaging tape to make his incredible art. If you are visiting Amsterdam you may see some works of Zorn in the Dampkring and other well visited locales. The artist began to use tape as a friend of his was in the field of designing cars, this was done quickly and effectively by using tape to make a general outline of their idea.

price range information: Sorry none available.

The brilliance of the light as it shines thru his work is tempered by how many layers of tape the artist includes. Zorn thought the lights of Amsterdam with their golden hue would be perfect for his tape art.

In this clip we view the Max Zorn at work via time lapse photography:

In this clip a detailed interview with Max Zorn talking about his artwork:

A link to the website of Max Zorn:

What a great use of tape!


Art World News….A new Vincent Van Gogh painting is revealed


This painting is titled “Summer at Montmajor.” Van Gogh painted the work in 1888.  The museum told the owners that it wasn’t a van gogh when asked in 1991. Further analysis of paint pigment and how it aged made them change their mind. Van Gogh painted this work around the same time he painted the ” sunflowers” picture.

The work will be shown at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Having been there two times if you only have one day in Amsterdam, visit the Van Gogh Museum!

A brief clip on the find and an unveiling of the painting:


Artist of the moment……Parra

Parra was born in 1976. . His work is best described as a modern Warhol style that includes bright colors and an acrylic palette. The artist is known for  working as a graphics designer but when it comes to lettering he prefers to draw his own letters freehand.

Has done works with the KidRobot company. This place is very unique retail store, art is everywhere but at a huge cost. For instance a piece done of Charley Brown can easily set you back $7,000. An example of this sculpture made out of vinyl is in the gallery.

The artist uses a variety of mediums and produces drawings and animation, paintings, and sculpture.

Here is a t-shirt design by the artist and apparel company Stussy.

Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Founder of clothing company Rockwell.

Price range information: Acrylics originals range $4,000 to $10,000.

A link to Parra’s website here:

A great story about Amsterdam is that young children scour the streets to find and tear down posters made by the artist!

Parra is quite a commercial artist success story. He now only takes selective jobs but prefers to work on smaller assignments such as posters for local groups.

Parra is also part of an electronic band named “LeLe.”

Here is a link to wonderful article with a journalist that visited the Amsterdam studio of Parra. You can catch a glimpse of his workign style and his use of typography.

In this clip we visit the artist taking his dog for a walk! The piece reminded me of the dvd out on Rex Ray. Its fun to hang out with artists  and just experience them as people.

Its great to see Parra in his Amsterdam studio and the viewer can see many ink pen drawings and also the clutter of a person always thinking.

Parra should give anyone inspiration that wants to be successful as an artist. He is a great business person up there with the likes of Warhol for all of his different ventures. From art, to clothing, to his own musical band Parra keeps us all in suspense of what he will tackle next!