Ronald Zuurmond

Ronald Zuurmond 1964

Lives in Tilburg. Works in Tilburg.
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Ronald Zuurmond's style is the search for the image. The things he paints already exist. He just needs to see them, nonchalantly, out of the corner of his eye. They provide a spark, an opening. The rest is hard work and contemplation. This way of painting could be compared to the work of the poet. The first line of a poem is a free gift, the rest is laborious. Trial and error. The poet comparison also applies in another sense. Just as the poet chooses a form, Zuurmond chooses the painting. A choice such as this provides a restriction within which the possibilities unfold. The freedom you experience through restriction is the paradox of the form. For the poet, it is the sonnet; for him, it is the painting. Ronald Zuurmond is a painter who each time has to work out from scratch how he is going to do it. Each canvas is a step towards the next, the paintings fit together in a way. “When you hit a wall, you have to go back and do it again. Only then do you know for sure. And as soon as you think you are sure about something, it's gone again.” One word that keeps coming up when talking to Ronald Zuurmond, is space. Technically he creates this space by painting layer upon layer, often over earlier unsuccessful paintings, and here and there scraping the paint off again. As if drawing a curtain. This is done with some speed, which is important in order to maintain the necessary distance from the painting. For him the space in the painting extends from the front to the back, much more than from left to right. The things he paints have to move in this space, both in the flat surface and in the depth. “You have to have a vista and at the same time feel a resistance that the eye collides with. For me the space is both physical and psychological. As a viewer you must be able to get through this space, you must be able to move with it. You must be able to enter into the space of the painting step by step. It is never about a perspective space with me, I don't want the painting to suggest anything other than it physically is.”

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Documentary Ronald Zuurmond, Hollandse Meesters

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Awards: 2003 Jeanne Oosting Award For Oil painting 2001 Philip Morris Finest Selection For Art 2000 Finalist Wim Izaks Award


Opleiding | Education: 1984-1990 Sociology, Catholic University Brabant 1990-1991 Art Academy Tilburg Solotentoonstellingen | Solo exhibitions: 2019 Art Rotterdam (Rotterdam), BorzoGallery, Amsterdam 2017 BorzoGallery, Amsterdam: Reality Imagined 2014 BorzoGallery, Amsterdam: Paintings and collages Studio van Dusseldorp, Tilburg: Unwrapped 2011 De Nederlansche Bank: Bijzaken Gallery Metis-nl, Amsterdam: De stand van zaken 2010 Gallery van der Mieden, Antwerp (Belgium), Mumbo Jumbo Zonca e Zonca, Milan (Italy): it’s already darkening 2008 Gallery Metis-nl, Amsterdam: Bittersweet (publication) 2007 Gallery van der Mieden, Antwerp (Belgium): Schemerschijn 2003 Fries Museum, Leeuwarden: All About Nothing Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen: Jeanne Oosting Award For Oil Painting 2001 Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam: Bonsai (coming to the point) Cobra Museum, Amstelveen: Philip Morris Award For Art (publication) 2000 Museum Jan Cunen, Oss: Curtain (publication) 1999 Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam: Still lifes 1998 Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht: The Flat Land (publication) 1997 De Verschijning, Tilburg: Ruis Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam: The Flat Land 1995 Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam: Ruis Groepstentoonstellingen | Group Exhibitions (selected): 2019 Art on Paper (Amsterdam), BorzoGallery, Amsterdam 2015 De Ketelfactory, Schiedam: Buitengaats Huub Hannen Gallery, Maastricht: The Blue Hour 2014 Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort: Vensters RAW Art Fair (Rotterdam), BorzoGallery, Amsterdam Studio van Dusseldorp, Tilburg: Winterexpo 2013 PAK, Gistel (Belgium): Birth De Pont, Tilburg: 99 Vazen We Like Art, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam Collection de Heus-Zomer, Singer Museum, Laren Studio van Dusseldorp, Tilburg: Wind And Water 2012 Schunck, Heerlen: For Ever Yours Gallery Espace Enny in collaboration with Tricot Winterwijk: Het Ongerijmde Gallery Zand, Eindhoven: Six Painters And A Poet Rabobank Utrecht, Me You We 2011 Huub Hannen Gallery, Maastricht: The Moonlihgt Garden 2010 Art Rotterdam, Gallery Metis-nl, Amsterdam 2009 Studio van Dusseldorp, Tilburg: In Miniature Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen Gallery van der Mieden, Antwerp (Belgium): Eden 2007 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids (U.S.): A Faithful Eye (publication) Gallery van Kranendonk, The Hague: Kunstplanten ‘WATER’, Museum Waterland, Purmerend Art Brussels, Belgium, Gallery van der Mieden, Antwerp, Belgium 2006 De Pont, Tilburg: Noah’s Arc Armando Museum, Amersfoort: Painters Pur Sang Artissima Torino, Italy, Gallery Metis-nl, Amsterdam 2005 Institute Collection Netherlands, Ministry of OCW The Hague: in tijdelijk gebruik De Nederlandsche Bnak, Amsterdam: Noah’s Arc Liste Berlin, Gallery van Kranendonk: The Tilburg School Art Fair Bologna, Italy, Gallery Metis-nl, Amsterdam Gallery van de Mieden, Antwerpen (Belgium), Noah’s Arc 2004 Slot Zeist, Zeist: Never ending landscapes Monastry Wittem, Wittem: Pelgrimage -The Tilburg School- 2003 Faxx: platform for contemporary art, Tilburg: TheTilburg School (publication) Cobra Museum, Amstelveen: The Tilburg School Kunstverein Salzgitter -Museum Schloss Salder, Salzgitter: The Tilburg School 2002 European Central Bank, Frankfurt: Contemporary Art From The Netherlands (publication) Delta Lloyd, Amsterdam: The Tilburg School (publication) 2001 Gallery Daniel Hoffman, Paris (France) 2000 Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Wim Izaks Award Arco Madrid, Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam 1999 Fries Museum, Leeuwarden: The Other Land Gallery Barbara Farber/Rob Jurka, Amsterdam: Sculls 1998 Art Brussels, Gallery de Praktijk, Amsterdam