Koen Vermeule

Koen Vermeule 1965

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.
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BorzoGallery

'In 1992 I completed my study at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Since then I have been working on an oeuvre that consists of paintings and works on paper. I debuted with an exhibition at Art & Project Gallery (Amsterdam) after which I was asked to exhibit at various museums and galleries in the Netherlands and abroad. I paint landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. The first two big, wide and empty, the urban landscape zooming in on small, concentrated scenes with people who seem to have put their actions and movements on hold. My work is characterised by silence and a theatrical impact. My paintings are not narrative. I see the world with a photographic eye. I 'catch' everyday, fleeting reality and hold her for a moment. I want the mystery out of the mundane and try to uncover the trivial. My works are reflections on the present day, the rapid technological developments and the related social behaviour'.

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Kunsthal Rotterdam
Koen Vermeule paints landscapes in great contrasts. Empty, typically Dutch landscapes. He also depicts people, sometimes together, but usually alone. Countersunk in a mobile or lying on the ground, a modern kind of loneliness speaks from these individuals, who are quietly captured in an indefinable, but usually recognizable environment. Vermeule prefers special weather conditions, for example when the sun is at its highest and most intense, or just before it sets, when the shadow is at its longest. Also the moment when the rain has just stopped, the streets are wet and people are repacking again. He thus seems able to stop the time for the viewer. His work requires reflection and calls for contemplation.
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education: 1983-1988 TeHaTex, Tilburg 1990-1992 Rijksakademie, Amsterdam Since 1992 Koen Vermeule works on an oeuvre that consists of paintings and works on paper. He debuted with an exhibition at Art & Project Gallery (Amsterdam) after which he was asked to exhibit at various museums and galleries in the Netherlands and abroad. Vermeule paints landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. The first two big, wide and empty, the urban landscapes zooming in on small, concentrated scenes with people who seem to have put their actions and movements on hold. His work is characterized by silence and a theatrical impact. The paintings are not narrative. Koen Vermeule sees the world with a photographic eye. He 'catches' every day, fleeting reality and holds it for a moment. He wants the mystery out of the mundane and tries to uncover the trivial. His works are reflections on the present day, the rapid technological developments and the related social behavior. Selection of expositions (last 5 years) - LAC Narbonne Sigean, ‘Peripherique’, June 24 until September 17, 2018 (duo) - - De Kunsthal Rotterdam, ‘Koen Vermeule - Wanderlust’, August 26 until November 19, 2017 (solo) - - BorzoGallery, Amsterdam, ‘Koen Vermeule - Soul Shades’, November 25 until December 24, 2016 (solo) - - BOZAR Brussel, ‘The Power of the Avant-Garde, now and then’, September 29, 2016 until January 22, 2017 (group) - - Van Goghhuis Zundert, ‘Yume No Uchi / In een Droom – Joris Geurts & Koen Vermeule’, October 16 – December 31, 2016 (duo) - - Galerie Wittenbrink München, ‘Koen Vermeule – Wanderlust’, March 20 until May 30, 2015 - - Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, ‘Koen Vermeule – High Above Ground’, June 9 - September 30, 2012 (solo) Selection of collections - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar - Albertinum Dresden - Centraal Museum Utrecht - AKZO Nobel Art Foundation