Wouter van der Laan

Wouter van der Laan (1993)

Woont in Groningen (NL). Werkt in Groningen (NL).

Wouter van der Laan strives for expression through a removed and calculated viewpoint. Removed and calculated in the process since he has eliminated the painterly touch in his work. For example, the transferred images are often created or edited digitally in Photoshop. His work is expressive through the act of editing, selecting, organizing and combining diverse elements, with both digital and physical tools. More recently Van der Laan’s work has moved beyond the frame of the painting to the elements surrounding it. In this approach the focus shifts from the combination of different techniques and motives within the frame to what happens around it, such as the site-specific context. Collecting these motives in his “bank of materials” – e.g. residues and pictures of older work, prints, books, cloths - the artist aspires to let motives live, morph and connect throughout his oeuvre. In his process of creating, all artworks become provisional structures that generate new elements for future work.

Wouter van der Laan
Wouter van der Laan
Wouter van der Laan

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Wouter van der Laan studied at HKU, Utrecht and Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen. He was nominated for the Royal Painting Prize in 2017.

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Wouter van der Laan Huizen, 1993 Education 2018 Residency, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine 2015-2017 FMI Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen (NL) | MA Fine Art, Painting 2011-2015 HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht (NL) | BA Fine Art, with Honours Exhibitions 2018 Group Exhibition, ‘MindFrames’, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam 2018 Solo Exhibition, Nest, Studio Omstand, Arnhem 2017 Group Exhibition, Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2017, Amsterdam 2017 Solo Exhibition, Nest, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam 2017 Group Exhibition, Graduation show 2017, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen 2017 Group Exhibition, Nieuwe Streken & KADD Award, Museum Hilversum 2017 Group Exhibition, Art Rotterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam 2016 Group Exhibition, Positions Berlin Art Fair, Galerie Bart, Berlin 2016 Solo Exhibition, Art Rotterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam 2015 Solo Exhibition, 'Happy Days', Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam 2015 Group Exhibition, 'Nictophylia', Walls Gallery, Amsterdam 2015 Group Exhibition, 'Seeing Bright Things', All Together Now, Rotterdam 2015 Group Exhibition, 'Best of Graduates 2015', Ron Mandos, Amsterdam 2015 Graduation Show HKU 2015, TWG, Utrecht 2015 Group Exhibition, 'Stille Kracht', ArtDeli, Amsterdam 2015 Kunstpodium T, Apprentice/Master Project, Willem II Fabriek, Den Bosch 2015 Exhibition ‘Stillevenwedstrijd’, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht Prizes & Nominations 2017 Won, The George Verberg Grant 2017 2016 Nominated, Buning Brongers Prijs 2016 2016 Nominated, Kunst aan de Dijk Prijs voor Jong Talent in de Schilderkunst 2015 Won, Hollands Nieuwe 2015, 'Nieuwe Oogst 2015', Galerie Bart Amsterdam 2015 Nominated, Jan Zumbrink Graduation Award 2015 Won, jury prize AVROTROS ‘Stillevenwedstrijd’ Publications 2016 Positions Berlin 2016 Catalogue 2016 ArtRotterdam 2016 Catalogue 2015 HKU FA TWG Graduation Catalogue 2015 2015 Kunstbeeld, Winnaar AVROTROS ‘Stillevenwedstrijd’, February/March (#2- 2015)