Categories

Painting, Figuratieve, Contemporary, Abstract, Mural, Drawing, Performance art, Site-specific

Floor van Keulen

(1951, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Biography

Floor van Keulen is a Dutch artist that creates contemporary paintings, drawings, and murals.

 

Human figures and cartoons are the only motifs in the repertoire of drawings created by Floor van Keulen since 1980. They appear to be randomly spread across the surface, components of a well-balanced composition without any specific meaning. Shapes effortlessly melt into one another, debate with each other; emotions occasionally flare up, only to harmoniously merge together afterward.

 

Floor van Keulen appears to shirk from the formal experiment, the abstract art experiment, in which realistic and figurative art that set the tone for hundreds of years is brushed aside as a truly relevant form. Van Keulen does not allow himself to be drawn into movements or trends within contemporary art. He has developed his own unique vision and confrontational visual language in which figurative depictions are interwoven with abstract shapes. His art originates in his imagination and reality. He uses the ‘vocabulary’ he has put together through the years to formulate a vision of the world around him. The viewer encounters the virtuosity of the image and gets carried away in the painter’s exuberant gesture.

Education & Residencies

1971 – 1973 | De Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem

Awards

Laureaat Schilderkunst – Jeanne Oosting Stichting

Exhibitions

2018 | ‘Floor van Keulen & Stefan Yordanov’ at Kersgallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018 | ‘Vorm in Herhaling’ at Jansen & Kooy in Warnsveld, Netherlands

2016 | ‘Crossing Lines’ at De Vishal in Haarlem, Netherlands

2015 | Solo at Kersgallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014 | ‘Disaster of War’ at Kersgallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013 | ‘Stop Making Sense’ at Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands

2013 | ‘Vier Richtingen’ at ARTTRA Galerie in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012 | ‘Guerrilla Drawing at Retort Ateliers in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011 | ‘De Proloog’ at Galerie Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven, Netherlands

Collections

Stedelijk Museum,  Amsterdam

Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden

Achmea Kunstcollectie, Leiden

Kunstcollectie KPN, Den Haag

TNT Post Kunstcollectie, Den Haag

Kunstcollectie VNO-NCW, Den Haag

Publications

Book | Lost Paintings

Artforum

2011 | Mister Motley

1996 | NRC