WHO AM I?
I have been active as a professional artist now for around twenty years. I work in my spacious and well-lit studio in the back garden of my house. You’ll find me there every day. What characterises my work is an open attitude and versatility. That can be seen not only by the scale of techniques that I have mastered (including oil paint, coloured pencil, screen printing, glass appliqué work, pastels), but also in very diverse works: portraits, thematic work, art in public spaces and furniture design(?). Both in my own original work and in the work I do on commission, I am always pushing the boundaries of my ability.
In my search for a personal world view, I refer to the French philosopher Merlau-Ponty (1908-1961): ‘If a work is successful, it has a marvellous capacity to instruct itself (..) The painter has only been able to construct an image. We must wait to see whether this image comes to life for other people.’ I recognise this; atmosphere and image must evoke something, so that the artwork ‘comes to life’. Perhaps for this reason my work has something in common with the surrealists Delvaux and Magritte.
ORIGINAL WORK AND COMMISSIONS
I produce both original work and work on commission.
Link to ORIGINAL WORK and COMMISSIONS
See HOW DO I COMMISSION A WORK? to find out how I consult with a customer to produce an artwork.
WHERE CAN MY WORK BE SEEN?
Various original works and commissioned works are displayed by private individuals, businesses and institutions. This is a small sample: Joure Town Hall in Friesland, South Holland Provincial Head Office, Horažďovice Museum in the Czech Republic, Churches in Woubrugge and Joure, Borsthuis Meditation Centre (a nursing home) in Hengelo.
Exhibitions of my work have been held in the museum in Joure, the local hospital in Amstelveen, at other locations in The Netherlands (Alphen a/d Rijn, Nieuwkoop and recently Laren and Naarden), England (Woodbridge), Germany (Cologne), and Belgium (Kortrijk). I was one of the artists featured in the initiative of the New Place Art Gallery in Den Bosch, where I held a solo exhibition in October and November 2015. I exhibited in the museum in Horažďovice in the Czech Republic in Spring 2017.
Every year I try to organise a three-day long exhibition in my own home and studio. Why an exhibition in my own home and studio? Accessibility! The Home Exhibition is not only an opportunity to sell work, but also it gives me the chance to show what inspires me as an artist. Also it allows me to explain my work personally. So you’re more than welcome to come and take a look! My studio is linked to my house with a party tent, giving me a fine space of 110 sq.m. for these exhibitions.
When you come into the village of Woubrugge look for the sign on the Bateweg pointing to my studio:
Van Eeghenstraat 28.
The entrance is round the back of the house!
A handy idea is to take out a subscription to the newsletter Sjoch! In it you’ll find all sorts of information about new works, sketches, commissions, art in general, and the like. It’s also a simple matter to stop the subscription: www.feikedevries.nl/sjoch
Although I’m usually to be found in my studio, it is still a good idea to phone me before you come:
‘Vredeman de Vries’ art academy, at that time in Leeuwarden.
Graphic design at the LOI Leiderdorp
Member of Pictoright, Amsterdam