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ON EXHIBITION

Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019
In Situ Art Fair, Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2019
Artfem. 2nd International Biennial of Macao, 2020

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ABOUT ME

My abstract paintings are an expression of my fascination of symbols, contemporary street art and modern life. By using a mixed technique that combines acrylic, oil, gauche, tempera, to the praxis of collage, I give life to artworks with dreamlike and vibrant scenarios that imprison on the canvas tracks of the real and of metaphorical evocations. I work with abstract for its lack of representation and total freedom. Rhythm, pattern and balance is important in the paintings that I make. I start each painting with a sketch and then building up layers of collage materials that consist of old and contemporary newspaper clippings and photos, old text notes and sheet music. These collage pieces are then cut and mounted on to the canvas or board in a specific way to form the underlying pattern for the painting. Like the memory, the paper and image clips are fragmented across the canvas.
This helps lay the foundation for the initial imagery and paves the way for the following applications of an impasto layers of paint. Texture, surface treatments and colour are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and compelling presence.
The goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art that engages the viewer, is endlessly absorbing and promotes a meaningful dialogue. Where the images can be seen as decorative, but also give an interest to move closer to see more details.
The paintings may appear to refer to a typically Dadaist aesthetics, but at the same time they’re purged of the Dada polemic force and iconoclastic fury. In fact, the paintings colour, cut-outs, symbols of a mysterious past, like of the present, slowly emerge on the surface in a continuum of summons and recovery, composing and compressing themselves into new formal structures capable of returning the memory of reasons and feelings, and emotionally closer to the Rauschenberg’s memory to aim for a particular text and image to have an underlying meaning.

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BIOGRAPHY

Robert van Bolderick is of both Swedish and Dutch descent, born in Stockholm, 1968.
Lives and works between France and Sweden.
Grew up in Stockholm and from age eleven in Las Palmas de Grand Canarias, Spain. Growing up in the pulse of a cosmopolitan city like Las Palmas and its mix of nationalities gave him an early interest in the various countries language and symbols that he uses in his art today.

He works as an artist mostly in mixed media that combines acrylic, oil, tempera, to the praxis of collage, it gives life to the artworks with a dreamlike and vibrant scenario. Rhythm, pattern and balance are important in his paintings. Images and text fragments stick out, but don’t give the viewer all information, just like dreams and memories are fragmented and fuzzy, just give a glimpse of what has happened.

Robert will often create an image in which the meanings of the adjacent symbols change, using hieroglyphs and cave paintings along with the modern symbols, old family pictures, notes, recent events, or historical extracts in text and images. This well-known imagery loses its inherent symbolic value and becomes part of a new image.

TECHNIQUE

My abstract paintings are an expression of my fascination of symbols, contemporary street art and modern life. By using a mixed technique that combines acrylic, oil, gauche, tempera, to the praxis of collage, I give life to artworks with dreamlike and vibrant scenarios that imprison on the canvas tracks of the real and of metaphorical evocations. Rhythm, pattern and balance is important in the paintings that I make. I start each painting with a sketch and then building up layers of collage materials that consist of old and contemporary newspaper clippings and photos, old text notes and sheet music. These collage pieces are then cut and mounted on to the canvas or board in a specific way to form the underlying pattern for the painting. Like the memory, the paper and image clips are fragmented across the canvas.
This helps lay the foundation for the initial imagery and paves the way for the following applications of an impasto layers of paint. Texture, surface treatments and colour are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and compelling presence.
The goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art that engages the viewer, is endlessly absorbing and promotes a meaningful dialogue. Where the images can be seen as decorative, but also give an interest to move closer to see more details.
The paintings may appear to refer to a typically Dadaist aesthetics, but at the same time they’re purged of the Dada polemic force and iconoclastic fury. In fact, the paintings colour, cut-outs, symbols of a mysterious past, like of the present, slowly emerge on the surface in a continuum of summons and recovery, composing and compressing themselves into new formal structures capable of returning the memory of reasons and feelings, and emotionally closer to the Rauschenberg’s memory to aim for a particular text and image to have an underlying meaning.

 

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EXPERTISE

Expertise:

“When you first meet Robert van Boldericks paintings one feels an irresistible urge to start twisting and turning on them. Of course you do not do it, but instead try to move closer to not miss any important detail. Photographs, sheet music, newspaper articles, and much other stuff listed, flanked by small primitive figures and symbols.”
Petra Holm, Örebro Courier

“Creativity, style and choice of color, minimal but very strong.”
Melissa Colangelo, Artmeet Gallery

“Conveys a sense of authenticity, documenting the lives and our footprint through time. This has happened, mixed with a dreamy, ethereal world. It is an art that concern.”
Irene, Gallery Studio Four Seasons

“Magazine clippings looming up over the impasto paint layers. The images are aesthetic appealing. Painting both superficially and deep.”
Annika Forstorp, Allehanda

“Robert van Bolderick is an artist of Dutch and Swedish origin. By using a mixed technique that combines acrylic, oil, gauche, to the praxis of collage, Van Bolderick gives life to artworks with dreamlike and vibrant scenarios that imprison on the canvas tracks of the real and of metaphorical evocations. Newspaper clippings, fragments of images, emerge with difficulty from the complex circuit of transversal meanings, blocked and trapped by the intense and enveloping chromatics that confers restless sonorities. The paintings on display may appear to refer to a typically Dadaist aesthetics of the case, but at the same time they’re purged of the Dada polemic force and iconoclastic fury. In fact, in the artist’s paintings colour, cut-outs, symbols of a mysterious past, like of the present, slowly emerge on the surface in a continuum of summons and recovery, composing and compressing themselves into new formal structures capable of returning the memory of reasons and feelings, and emotionally closer to the Rauschenberg’s memory palimpsest.”
Virginia Bazzechi Ganucci Cancellieri, Art critic

AWARDS
PAST EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions

In Situ Art Fair, Draw the Line, Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2018
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018

Caelum Gallery, New York, USA, 2017
Art Nou Mil·lenni Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Act Aberdeen, Mixed Bag, Group exhibition, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2017
Hartexpo, Espacio120, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, Hyperspace, The Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2017
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017

BIAF, Barcelona International Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain, 2016
Gallery 360 Contemporary Art, Florens, Italy 2016
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, To The Stars, Torino Esposizione, Torino, Italy, 2016
Flyer Art Gallery, Rom, Italy 2016
Paratissima Skopje, International Contemporary Art Fair, Transformation, The Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2016
Deeloop Art Fair, Luftkastellet, Limhamn, Sweden, 2016
Art Monaco, Monaco, 2016
DAAC gallery, Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Blurring the edges, Iowa, USA, 2016
USEUM Exhibition, World Child Cancer Charity at Le Dame Art Gallery, London, England, 2016
Le Dame Art Gallery, USEUM, London, England, 2016
Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6x6x, Rochester, USA, 2016

Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
Modern Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015

Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014
Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

Art from Sweden, EU, European Economic and Social Committee, Bryssel, Belgium, 2013
Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013
Gallery Artmeet, Milano, Italy, 2013

Art from Sweden, EU, European Economic and Social Committee, Bryssel, Belgium, 2012
Dutch Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012

Art from Sweden, EU, European Economic and Social Committee, Bryssel, Belgium, 2011

Art from Sweden, EU, European Economic and Social Committee, Bryssel, Belgium, 2010

Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden 2007
Gallery Loyd, Oslo, Norway, 2007

Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden 2006
Gallery Artlab, Stockholm, Sweden 2006

Dutch Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden 2005

Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 1998

Kitchen & a Bar Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997
Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997

Midsommargården Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996
Stockholm Food Factory Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996
AMS Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996
KPMG Bohlins Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996
Tegen Service Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996

Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995
Grand Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden 1995
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995

Gallery Lilla, Östersund, Sweden, 1994
Gallery Ludvig, Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
Galleri Zero, Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
IF Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
Wella Art Association, Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
Skolförvaltningen Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 1994

Gallery Manolo Rivero, Merida, Mexico, 1993
Gallery Malle, Örebro, Sweden, 1993
Grand Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Gallery Art Center, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Erik Löwenadler Art, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Luftfartsverket Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Art Gallery Sky City, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Securitas Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
Gallery Java, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993

Atlas Copco Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Gallery Off Side, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
54 Gallery, New York, USA, 1992
Polish Club, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Trygg Hansa Art Association Gallery, 1992
Hotel Continental, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Botkyrka Art Gallery, Botkyrka, Sweden, 1992
Gallery Java, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
AMS Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
LRF Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Kommunalarbetarförbundet, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Ericssons Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Electrolux Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Kabi Pharmacia Upjohn Art Association Gallery, Uppsala, Sweden, 1992
Hermans Hermitage, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992
Skanska Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992

Gallery Off Side, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991
Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991
Gallery Dombron, Uppsala, Sweden, 1991
Folksam Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991
Folkens Museum Etnografiska/Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991
Sveriges Riksdag/Swedish Parliament, Stockholm, Sweden, Sweden, 1991
Artist Space, New York, US, 1991
SPP Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991
Arla Foods Art, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991

Gallery Off Side, Stockholm, Sweden, 1990
Skolförvaltingen Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1990
FOA Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1990
Jakobsberg Art Gallery, Stockholm Sweden, 1990
Kommunalarbetarförbundet Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1990
Folksam Art Association Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1990

Gallery Mundial, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1989
SIAB Art Association, Stockholm, Sweden, 1989

Jakobsberg Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1988
Götabanken Art Association, Stockholm, Sweden, 1988

Scandinavian Club, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 1985

Museum

USEUM, Interactive Fine Art Gallery & Museum, London, England, 2016
Museum of Ethnography/Folkens Museum Etnografiska, Stockholm, Sweden, 1991

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