Piet Dieleman 1956

Lives in Middelburg. Works in Middelburg.
Represented by:

Willem Baars Projects

We are thrilled to invite you to the exhibition of paintings by Piet Dieleman (1956). Dieleman’s studio practice is in line with the program of our gallery which focuses on exhibiting a style of painting that is unpredictable, energetic and mysterious. We like it when a painting doesn’t give up all its secrets and the artist’s interventions cannot be fathomed by words alone. Piet Dieleman is such an artist. When painting itself is the subject, as is the case with Dieleman, a radical attitude is essential. In order to come to a meaningful production of images, an artist needs to challenge himself to the extreme. Dieleman finds this challenge in strict self-imposed constraints. He has chosen to work with six colors in a fixed order. He himself describes them as ‘fantastic tools’ that enable him to find enough disruption to justify the image. By trial and error Dieleman works towards an image that he finds satisfactory. You clearly feel that the creation of these works is a process of hit and miss, of taking one step forward and one step back. He has recently expanded his research by attaching glass plates to the paint surface, adding a layer which reflects the viewer, making him part of the work and at the same time intensifying the image and making it unassailable. This contradiction in itself is already a disruption. This isn’t abstract art as we know it from the modernist tradition, which strove to strike a balance between form and color. This is a more radical, ruthless form of abstraction that is not an end but only a means. Dieleman also has something of a romantic in him. He erupted onto the scene of the Dutch art world in the early 1980s with oppressive-looking landscapes with a single figure and large dark stable interiors which only derive their tangible aspect from a single ray of light. But here too, it wasn’t the subject but painting itself that was the leading theme. Dieleman first found concrete inspiration in the visible reality of his own immediate surroundings. Now he has succeeded in letting go of that. Dieleman has gradually developed into a painter who, using very limited means, has created an especially rich, attractive and incisive oeuvre.

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BIOGRAFIE 19-02-1956 geboren te Arnemuiden 1972-’75 M.T.S.-fotografie, Den Haag 1975-’80 Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Rotterdam 1981-present werkt en woont in Middelburg als beeldend kunstenaar 1984-present docentschap tekenen en schilderen AVB te Tilburg 2001-2010 lid raad voor toezicht van de SBKM 2009-heden lid raad van bestuur stichting IK GESELECTEERDE TENTOONSTELLINGEN 2018 Summer Exhibition Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2013 VIOLET GEEL ORANJE BLAUW GROEN ROOD, HEDEN, Den Haag 2013 Vleeshal videokabinet D/A/C3 2012 Land of the seven moles 2012 Herfsttij van het modernisme, Vleeshal, Middelburg. 2012 Autumn of Modernism, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany 2012 Co/Lab 2012 Los Angeles, PS project space, Los Angeles. 2011 Europunk the visual culture of-punk in Europe, 1976-80, French Academy Villa de Medici, Rome 2011 Piet Dieleman, Recent Werk, PS Projectspace, Amsterdam. 2010 stichtingIK Oost-Souburg. 2008 Piet Dieleman, Pieter van Evert en Ton Kraayeveld Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag. 1990 Piet Dieleman Schilderijen Tekeningen Sculpturen Gemeentelijk Museum Jan Cunen Centrum ,Oss 1994 Dordrechts Museum Piet Dieleman 1980 Breestraat 73 Middelburg 1982 Van Krimpen, Amsterdam 1982 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam: Prentenkabinet, Rene Daniels/Piet Dieleman. 1982 Galerie Baronian-Lambert, Gent. 1982 Lijnbaancentrum, Rotterdam 1981 Galerie ’t Venster, Rotterdam 1981 Zeeuws Kunstenaarscentrum, Middelburg. 1978 Academie, Rotterdam. GESELECTEERDE PUBLICATIES 2013 Violet Geel Oranje Blauw Groen Rood 2013 publication ABV Tilburg 2012 Secret Postcards 2010 publication stichtingIK 2012 catalogue Autumn of Modernism 2008 publication ABV Tilburg 2008 Cahier A B V Tilburg 1994 publication Dordrechts Museum 1993 publication Schiphol Airport 1989 publication Fotografie Middelburg 1986 De keuze van de kunstenaar gem. Museum den Haag 1985 Museumjournaal 1983 Bulletin Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 1982 publication Spacex Gallery Exeter Devon GB 1982 catalogue Van Reekummuseum Apeldoorn 1982 catalogue Lijnbaancentrum/Rotterdamse Kunststichting 1982 catalogue 2.Internationale Jugendtriennalle der Zeichnung 1982 brochure aanmoedigingsprijs provincie Zeeland 1981 Stipendiaten Rotterdamse Kunststichting 1981 catalogue Breestraat 73 Nevenactiviteiten o.a. gastdocentschappen, rijksgecommitteerde bij div. academies, Adviescommissie Raad voor de Kunst, Den Haag,Adviserend lid kunstonderwijs, HBO herstructurering, Utrecht PRIJZEN 1983 Aanmoedigingsprijs jong Zeeuws talent. Provincie Zeeland. 1983 Internationale Jugendtriënnale + Meister der Zeichnung, Neurenberg, Duitsland. 1984 “Van Bommel-van Dam prijs”, Venlo. STIPENDIA 1980-1983 Startstipendium Gemeente Rotterdam. 2003 Werkbeurs Fonds BKVB. 2006 Basisstipendium Fonds BKVB 2009 Basisstipendium Fonds BKVB