Bob Eikelboom 1991

Lives in Den Haag (NL). Works in Den Haag (NL).
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Barbara Seiler

Initially, Bob Eikelboom was predominantly interested in the meaning of artistry and painting and all its possibilities and limitations. This formed the basis for a series of monochromes that quickly developed into the so-called 'magnet works'. These paintings consist of a steel plate on which magnetic figures have been applied. As a result, the painting invites you to play with the composition, which can continue to change indefinitely. With this, Eikelboom undermines the position of the artist as a creator. He is mainly concerned with the power of art that lies in creating a reality that exists parallel to reality. Where does the viewer position himself in relation to these two worlds? Thanks to the imaginary, existing images and the relationships between artwork, spectator and artist are called into question. Although painting never completely disappeared into the background, the role of artistry gradually became more important during his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. Eikelboom’s questioning of the role of artistry has recently shifted in the direction of self-criticism that seems to transcend artistry, but which Eikelboom holds to be its foundation. In short, you could say that he first wondered 'where is the artist'? ', whereas he is now wondering 'where am I?' Critically reassessing foregone conclusions is a common thread in his work. While this initially concerned painting, it now concerns more worldly phenomena in which self-criticism forms an important element, and painting still forms an anchor point in his thinking.

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BOB EIKELBOOM Born 1991 in Den Haag, NL Lives and works in London, UK and Den Haag, NL EDUCATION 2015-2017 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK 2008-2012 Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, NL AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES 2015 Hendrik Muller Fonds, Scholarship Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Scholarship 2014 Koninklijke prijs voor vrije schilderkunst, Amsterdam 2012 Startstipendium Mondriaan Fonds Shortlisted for Koninklijke prijs voor vrije schilderkunst. Amsterdam SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 T.G.W.M.Q.F.A.S, Sunday Art Fair London, with Barbara Seiler, UK Liberal Picture Service, RCA Graduation show 2017, UK 2015 The Eternal Temptation of Creating a Masterpiece, Barbara Seiler, Zurich, CH 2014 Moonshine, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam, NL 2013 Discoler, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2018 (upcoming) 3 man show at Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, NL 2016 The Fortune Teller, Garage Rotterdam, NL 2015 Making Monsters for my Friends, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL 2015 Collection Presentation, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL Not A Painting, The Hole Gallery, New York, USA Urbi et Orbi, Durst Britt and Mayhew, Den Haag, NL 2014 Disaster Date, Gastatelier Leo XIII, Tilburg, NL Koninklijke prijs voor vrije schilderkunst, Amsterdam, NL Dull as Ditchwater, duo with Martin Kippenberger, Le Plafond, Amsterdam, NL Beating around the bush, Het Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL Bob Eikelboom and Martin Kippenberger, Le Plafond, Amsterdam, NL Gran Turism0, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam, NL 2013 Slow is Smooth is Fast, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam, NL Now or Never, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL