When it comes to hunting for great and eccentric works of art, the Netherlands is a big market with numerous art dealers and galleries bringing in wonderful pieces by the talented local artists. The one famous art dealer in the country per se is Collectie Harms Rolde located at Hof van Saksen in the small village of Nooitgedacht.
They have been a professional art dealer for more than fifteen years, specializing in contemporary figurative art. For them, quality always comes first while choosing the art pieces. Therefore, all the artists are carefully selected for their ability to not only depict reality but also move beyond it with the help of their excellent technical skills and imagination. Collectie Harms Rolde has been an active participant at PAN Amsterdam for many years, showcasing the best of their collection. 2018 will be no exception for them and right now they’re happy to offer an exclusive preview of some of their most exclusive pieces below.
“We hope that these enticing snippets will be reason enough to visit us at PAN Amsterdam from November 18 to 25 at stand 68,” said the team of Collectie Harms Rolde.
Henk Helmantel: A Modern Master
A humble wooden table shows a careful arrangement of ordinary boxes. You will find that not a single object is placed by coincidence. Every single box has a purpose and a defined place. Artist Henk Helmantel (1945) has manipulated composition, colours, depth and light to create a true masterpiece like this. The edge of the table and the many boxes create strong horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. The colors are reminiscent of the Dutch artist Mondrian: Blue, yellow and red are combined in a clear, simplistic arrangement. A soft light shines on the paper boxes, giving them a lifelike structure and texture. Henk Helmantel (1945) is a true master of fine arts and is generally seen as one of the most important figures in the context of “Contemporary Realism Movement”. Helmantel’s oeuvre has been shown in several leading museums all over the world. This year will be an exciting year for connoisseurs of Helmantel’s oeuvre as he will be the first European contemporary artist with an exhibition at the prestigious Chimei Museum in Taiwan.
Eja Siepman van den Berg: Extreme Realism
The human body has always been the focal point for sculptor Eja Siepman van den Berg (1943). Having found a model, she immediately starts to trim it down; how much of it can be removed without losing sight of the essence of humanity? In this process the artist tends to be ruthless as more and more body parts disappear like arms, legs, fingertips and personality traits and small imperfections. In the end, all that remains is symmetry, serene reflections in bronze and a near abstract beauty. All that is left to be seen is a human being stripped from context and references. Thus, Siepman van den Berg’s oeuvre hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2017 the artist went on to receive the ‘Wilhelminaring’, the most prestigious oeuvre price awarded to any sculptor in the Netherlands.
Sam Drukker: Portraits with a Soul
Smiling, the lady in the crinoline dress looks at us. Or perhaps she’s gazing just past us. This large portrait by Sam Drukker (1957) is filled with contrasts and contradictions such as the contrast between the dynamic folds of the skirt and the naked, fragile torso or the contrast in the treatment of the paint. On her shoulders the paint is no more than a whisper, almost translucent in its thinness. Yet in the folds of her skirt the paint is applied heavily in an expressive brushstroke. And then there’s the contradiction within the model; with her arms crossed in front of her body she seems vulnerable. But at the same time her attitude and facial expression speak of great confidence. Sam Drukker paints portraits with a soul, and this large artwork is a spectacular example. It is, therefore, no surprise that Drukker was named “Artist of the Year” in 2011. These past decennia his oeuvre has been part of many private and museum collections all over the world.
Ton Dubbeldam: A Master of Color
Richly dressed ladies and gentlemen walk across this painting with a definite air of grandeur. At first glance they seem to be placed at will, but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that artist Ton Dubbeldam (1957) has used color to bring both movement and order to this painting. The scene shows a tremendous richness of color from sky blue and cool violet to a soft pink and a deep red. But the artist deftly uses the color orange to bring structure to the dynamic scene, leading from the woman in the bottom left to the figure all the way in the back to the right. Dubbeldam is a master of color and he proves it once and for all with this masterpiece. Dubbeldam was raised in an artistic family and graduated at the age of 21 at Academie Minerva in Groningen. His oeuvre has been part of countless exhibitions both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Erkin: A Modern Perspective of the Dutch Golden Age
This painting could easily be mistaken for a Golden Age masterpiece for it has all the classical hallmarks. Colorful tulips are arranged in a Chinese Kangxi vase; all displayed against a dark background and dramatically highlighted making it extremely eye-catching. And yet this very much comes across as a contemporary painting. The Uzbek artist Erkin (1957) is deeply influenced by the 17th century Dutch still life painters such as Adriaen Coorte, but uses these influences to create his own clean and clear contemporary style which is undoubtedly remarkable.
Ilse Oelbers: A Dance in Bronze
Posing against an industrial background is a new sculpture by Ilse Oelbers (1964). The man is completely focused on himself as if he’s the only one in the world, not aware of any prying eyes and curious looks. His entire being is focused on the complex dance he’s executing; the gracious movement of legs, arms and torso. Ilse Oelbers is a self-taught sculptor, originally specializing in wood. She still creates figureheads and decorations for ships, but now concentrates mainly on these spectacular figurative bronze sculptures.
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