Pierre van Dijk (Artist)
About the Artist
Pierre van Dijk was born on 5 June 1950 in ’s-Hertogenbosch. At the age of only 4 Pierre wants to draw and paint in all quiet. On his tenth birthday he is given his first ‘real’ set of oil paint, palette and canvas.
In 1954 he and his family move to The Hague. This is where he studies at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts (NL)(1967 – 1972). From 1972 to 1974 he pursues his studies at the Free Academy (NL) guided personally by Livinus van der Bunt, rector of the academy as well as artist. A great number of exhibitions – both in the Netherlands as well as abroad – follow from 1974 onwards.
In 1977 Pierre moves to Gorinchem and becomes a member of ‘Pictura’ in Dordrecht. After a number of modern art projects such as ‘Les Enfants Terrible’ and ‘Monument Affaire’ he returns to his native city ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1984.
Pierre then withdraws in himself to contemplate his art, meanwhile developing his painting techniques. Apart from traditional techniques he also masters paintbrush techniques. Due to the increase in quality in his work applications for exhibitions come pouring in.
The authoritative magazine ‘Kunstbeeld’ requests him to exhibit in New York. In 1989 Pierre even moves to the US for a number of months where he exhibits in various galleries; in Gallery 54 in New York among others. In this period he also teaches at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
In the course of the eighties Pierre became more and more internally driven to capture the phenomena of light and color in all their splendor. Pierre developed a unique palette, style and vision. This vision, the typical use of colors and his handling of light have become famous and trademark Pierre’s impressionist paintings. His vision can be described as vitalist optimism; he paints the beauty of life. His use of colors can be called contradictory. Through the use of a refined combination of a limited number of base colors he achieves an inimitable wealth of colors. His use of light is more than just lighting; it does not fall externally on the object or scene; it is mostly a light from within. Pierre van Dijk colors life and exposes a world of light.
In 1998 Pierre decided to open a gallery in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, together with his partner Arieke (died 2003) and his brother Christiaan. The dream to set up another gallery in France came true when the two brothers opened a gallery in the medieval town of Beynac, origin of impressionism. The gallery is surrounded by historic monuments and the overwhelming nature of Dordogne.
Since 2010 Pierre is represented on the important international art and antique fair PAN Amsterdam in Holland by the art dealer Pieter Overduin. In 2009 Pierre has been invited by the International Scientific Committee to exhibit his paintings at the Biennale of Firenze (Florence) Italy.
Artist Pierre van Dijk’s Website
Article by James Day
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