Hans van Hoek

Hans van Hoek 1947

Lives in Deurne. Works in Deurne.
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"Op verzoek van de kunstenaar is van een begeleidende tekst afgezien / It is the wish of the artist not to have a text published." In Edy de Wilde's legendary farewell exhibition La Grande Parade in the Stedelijk Museum in 1984, three paintings by Hans van Hoek are shown. All three are portrayed in the catalogue, neatly positioned in alphabetical order between Philip Guston and Jasper Johns and with the above-mentioned text as the only caption. That was then. It is now almost 35 years later and unperturbed the artist has continued to work on his oeuvre in respectively Deurne, Barrydale South Africa and for a few years now back in the village of his birth in Brabant. His most striking painting in La Grande Parade is undeniably 'Rode Kimono' from 1975. At the time - and still today - Van Hoek is here showcasing his admiration for and fascination with the great masters from the past such as Michelangelo, Cezanne and El Greco. In 'Rode Kimono' a direct reference to El Greco’s imposing 'El Espolio' can be seen. When I looked up the artist in his studio earlier this year after a lengthy absence, I was struck by a series of six formidable paintings, with Kimono as the subject in each. This reunion with the artist along with the confrontation with these six recent Kimono paintings - all created between 2014 and 2018 - proves to be the prelude for the current presentation and publication. While talking with Hans van Hoek it becomes apparent that the 'Kimono' theme has a deeper significance for him. Not only is it a beautifully decorated ceremonial coat in Japanese culture - however much Van Hoek admires this culture - but he portrays the kimono as a 'cosmic body' for earth, sun and stars, as a metaphor for the cycle of life, in the paintings - and the frames! - treated and enriched with earthly and cosmic symbols. The originally Christian connotation in Hans van Hoek's early work has now given way to a universal spirituality, which is found in particular in the texts and quotes painted on the canvas or chiselled into the monumental frames he carves himself. This spirituality is expressed not only in his choice of subject, but also in his attitude as an artist and the method he uses. While Van Hoek essentially sees the painting of a picture as predominantly a mental activity, the extremely labour-intensive and traditional skills of constructing the frame follow as physical work. It should come as no surprise that with regard to quantity Hans van Hoek's oeuvre cannot be large. Since the ‘Rode Kimono’ from 1975 he has only produced around 200 paintings. The series of six recent 'Kimono' paintings forms a special group (of a total of ten paintings with this theme) here, which starts with the first 'Rode Kimono' from Edy de Wilde’s La Grande Parade. Far removed from grandiloquent or airy statements about his art, Hans van Hoek still remains the down-to-earth - although well-read - artist, son of the Brabant countryside: I want nothing more than to make a painting that lives, that looks you in the eye and talks to you.

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1947 Born in Deurne, The Netherlands 1971-1973 London Ontario, Canada 1973-1977 Montreal, Canada 1977-1982 Neerkant 1982-1996 Liessel 1996-2008 Barrydale, South Africa 2008 Returns to The Netherlands 2008-present Deurne Prices and special projects: - Goethe-Stiftung price - 2001 Singerprice 2000 - 2008 April-June working at the European Ceramics Centre, ’s-Hertogenbosch Solo exhibitions: 2019 'Kimono's', Het Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch 2019 'Crossing Dark Waters', BorzoGallery, Amsterdam 2018 'The Kimono paintings', BorzoGallery, PAN, Amsterdam 2015 Van Abbehuis, Eindhoven 2014 Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag 2013 Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag 2012 Toonkamer, 's-Hertogenbosch 2011 Anniversary presentation, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo 2010 Veldhoven, De Verdieping, recent ceramic objects and drawings 2007 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven 2007 Borzo modern & contemporary art, Amsterdam 2006 Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo 2006 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlijn 2002 Borzo, ’s-Hertogenbosch 2001 Singermuseum Winner Singerprice 2000, 2001 Borzo, ’s-Hertogenbosch 1998 – 2001 Galerie Collection d’Art (multiple exhibitions), Amsterdam 1997 Museum Hannema-De Stuers Fundatie, Heino 1996 Museum Jan Cunen, Oss 1995 Waddington Galleries, Londen 1990 – 1995 Galerie Collection d’Art (multiple exhibitions), Amsterdam 1989 Waddington Galleries (cat.), Londen 1989 Galerie Collection d’Art, Amsterdam 1987 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 1984 Waddington Galleries Drawings 1981-1983, Londen 1981 Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf 1977 Stedelijk Museum, Schilderijen 1974-1976, Amsterdam 1973 Galerie Véhicule (with Jan Andriesse), Montreal Group exhibitions: 2017 'RONDOM | AROUND', Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag 2016 'Nothing, if not beautiful. Aanwinsten, bruiklenen en schenkingen 1971 - 2016', Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo 2016 'Perusing The Planks: Shelf Life', Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag 2015 'NI 55 JAAR | NI 55 YEARS', Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag 2015 Galerie Nouvelles Images, PAN, Amsterdam 2015 'Paradijs', Buitenplaats Beeckestijn, Velsen-Zuid (curator: Tanya Rumpff) 2014 Galerie Nouvelles Images, PAN, Amsterdam 2013 'Coup de Chapeau: een keuze uit een bedrijfscollectie van Vescom', Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond 2013 'Nieuw, nieuwer, nieuwst [1] - Aanwinsten en schenkingen 2010-2013', Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo 2013 Ned.Kunst 1948-2012 - Collectie de Heus-Zomer - Singer Museum Laren 2013 Nieuw Nieuwer Nieuwst - Aanwinsten en Schenkingen - Museum v.Bommel v. Dam Venlo 2013 Galerie Nouvelles Images Den Haag - tekeningen en keramiek 2013 Verwacht: Stop Making Sense - Ned.Schilderkunst uit de jaren '80 - Dordrechts Museum, 12 oktober t/m 19 januari 2014 2011 Jubileum-presentatie, het museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo 2009 Warum ich kein conservatiever bin - Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig 2009 Museum de Wieger, Zij kwamen uit Deurne, Deurne 2008 Art Fair Köln, (Galerie Michaël Haas), Keulen 2008 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven 2008 PAM Galerie Willy Schoots, Amsterdam 2008 Borzo modern & contemporary art, Amsterdam 2005 FIAC, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Parijs 2005 TEFAF, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Maastricht 2004 TEFAF, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Maastricht 2002 FIAC, Borzo modern & conteporary art, Parijs 2000 Stedelijk Museum, De Voorstelling: Nederlandse Kunst in het Stedelijk Paleis, Amsterdam 1994 Museum Catherijneconvent/Museum De Wieger, Jezus is boos, Utrecht/Deurne 1992 Museum Lakenhal, Uit tijd geplukt, bloemen in kunst en poëzie, Leiden 1989 Kunstverein Landschaftsbilder, Hamburg 1987 Museum Overholland, Hollands landschap, Amsterdam, 1986 Art Galery of New South Wales, Biennale of Sydney , Sydney 1984 Gillespie/Laage Salomon, Parijs 1984 Museum of Modern At, An international survey of recent paintings and sculptures, New York 1984 Stedelijk Museum, Becht Collection, Amsterdam 1984 - 1985 Van Goghmuseum, De Nederlandse identiteit in de kunst na 1945, Amsterdam 1984 - 1985 Stedelijk Museum La Grande Parade, Amsterdam 1983 National Galery Alexander Soutzos, Modern Dutch Painting, Athene 1983 – 1984 Stedelijk Museum, Modern Dutch Painting , Amsterdam 1982 Documenta 7, Kassel 1982 Stedelijk Museum, 60-80 Attitudes/concepts/images, Amsterdam 1980 Biennale, Art in the Seventies, Venetië 1975 Musee National dÁrt Moderne, 9e Biennale de Jeunes, Parijs, 1975 Vleeshal tentoonstelling van oud-deelnemers ateliers ‘63, Haarlem, 1973 Stedelijk Museum, 11 schilders, Amsterdam 1972 Expositiecentrum De Ruimte, Eersel, Selected public collections: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam ABN-AMRO kunststichting , Amsterdam Régie Nationale des Usines Renault, Recherches Art et Industrie, Boulogne Sint Willibrordus Kerk, Deurne Museum de Wieger, Deurne Vescom, Deurne, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Museum Hannema-De Stuers Fundatie, Heino Stedelijke Kunstcollectie, Helmond Noord-Brabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch SMS Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch F. van Lanschot Bankiers, ’s-Hertogenbosch Becht Collection, Naarden Museum Jan Cunen, Oss Museum de Pont, Tilburg Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo