Richard Van Der Spek My Art
Figurative oil paintings. Portraits, everyday life, themes from music and literature.
Richard Van Der Spek Statement
Richard van der Spek
Richard van der Spek was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1946. He began painting with oils at the age of eight, and continued his art studies at the Royal Academy of Art, graduating with honours in 1968.
His figurative paintings can be divided into three groups: portraits, everyday life/ modern society and musical and literary themes. He has also made numerous murals.
Since his first and very controversial exhibition in 1972, which attracted much attention from the press, Richard van der Spek has exhibited regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. Among the many museums and galleries to feature his solo-exhibitions are the Municipal Museum of The Hague, Pulchri Studio, the Haagse Kunstkring and the Museum of Fine Arts in Oostende (Belgium).
Critics see van der Spek as "an artist who can rely on a remarkable technical ability and a piercing vision". Others have called him "the Heronymus Bosch of our time".
Richard van der Spek's paintings are in the permanent collections of the Municipal Museum of The Hague, the Artotheek and the Museum of Fine Arts (Oostende), and in private collections in the Netherlands, France, Canada, Curaçao and the U.S.A.
Reproductions of his paintings have been published in various books and journals, including "Het Openbaar Kunstbezit".
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