(1951, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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.
1971 – 1973 | De Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem
Laureaat Schilderkunst – Jeanne Oosting Stichting
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
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden
Achmea Kunstcollectie, Leiden
Kunstcollectie KPN, Den Haag
TNT Post Kunstcollectie, Den Haag
Kunstcollectie VNO-NCW, Den Haag