Biography

About the artist


Photo Pauline IJlst


Frank Dekkers (Nijmegen, 1961)

1980-1985 Study at the Academy of Visual Arts in Utrecht, painting and graphic arts.
1984 Study at the atelier of Kees Bol, Heusden.
1990 Drypoints rewarded ‘Honorable mention’ at the Netherlands Graphic Arts Prize (Nederlandse Grafiekprijs).
1991-1997 Teacher in drawing and etching at Crea, University of Amsterdam.
1995 Membership of the Vereniging voor Originele Grafiek V.O.G. (Original Graphics).
1998 Woodcuts awarded the Netherlands Graphic Arts Prize.
1999-2002 Member of the jury Nederlandse Grafiekprijs.
2002-2009 Member of the Stichting Culturele Raad Zederik.

Exhibitions at musea

‘The spot’, Museum Het Oude Raadhuis, Leerdam.
‘Vianen, reality and fantasy’, Stedelijk Museum, Vianen.
‘Inbetween river Vlist en highway A27’, Stadsmuseum, IJsselstein.
‘City and countryside’, Stedelijk Museum, Vianen.
‘Nederland Waterland, a selection from the Knecht-Drenth foundation’, Historisch Museum, Deventer.
‘Dekkers & Hermkens, painters’, Museum Flehite, Amersfoort.
‘WaterRijk; Riverland framed’, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem.
‘Typical Dutch!’, Historisch Museum, Deventer.
‘Deafening stillness’, Voerman Museum ,Hattem.
‘Low lying land; The polder in image and sound’, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem.


Photo by Erik Leeman, for surround photography have a look at: www.erikleeman.com


A choice of soloexhibitions

Smelik en Stokking Galleries, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Amsterdam.
Galerie Petit, Amsterdam.
De KunstSalon, Utrecht.
Galerie Mark Peet Visser, Heusden.
Galerie Mebius, Noordhorn.
Galerie De Garage, Bergen (N.H.).
Galerie Hartman en Hartman, Gorinchem.
De Ploegh, Museum Flehite, Amersfoort.

Some groupexhibitions

Galerie de Vis, Harlingen.
‘Het Riviergezicht’, Broerenkerk, Zwolle.
N.J.Brink/Kunstzaken, Nieuwerbrug aan de Rijn.
Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn.
Galerie Famke van der Kooi, Zoelen.
Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft.
‘Biënnale van de Nederlandse Figuratieve Kunst’, Eusebiuskerk, Arnhem.
‘2000 jaren Nijmegenaren’, Sint Stevenskerk, Nijmegen.


At work at The Kersbergsche waard, Netherlands


Artfairs and manifestations

‘Kunst Rai’, Amsterdam.
‘Grafiek Nu’, Singer Museum, Laren.
‘Holland Art Fair’, Congresgebouw, Den Haag.
‘Art Fair Autotron’, Rosmalen.
‘Contemporary Art Twente’, Expocentre, Hengelo.
‘Realisme’, PTA, Amsterdam.
‘Line Art’, Gent, Belgium.
‘Art Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch’, Den Bosch.

Foreign exhibitions

‘5th International Biennial Print Exhibit’, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
‘3rd Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints’, Kochi Honmachi, Japan.
Galerie Kunst Forum, Merelbeke, Belgium.
‘Gesicht der Zeit’, KunstForum, Berlin, Germany.
‘Line Art’, Gent, Belgium.
‘Art London’, Chelsea, United Kingdom.
‘Lille Art Fair’, Lille, France.
‘Art Nocture’, Knocke, België.
‘AAF’, Hamburg, Germany.
‘Art Karlsruhe’, Karlsruhe, Germany.


Painting at Les Chapieux, Alpes, France


Cataloques and publications

‘Grafiek Nu 4’, jury rapport van de Nederlandse Grafiekprijs, october 1990.
Cataloque ‘5th International Biennial Print Exhibit 1991 R.O.C.’ december 1991.
‘3rd Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints’, Kochi, Japan, 1996.
‘Natuurgebied. Verboden toegang.’ article and illustration in Forum, De Volkskrant, 10-01-1998.
Cataloque ‘Grafiek Nu 8’, november 1998.
‘Royal Nederland Kunstcollectie 2001-2002’.
‘Ezel in de wei’, Marlies Rijkers / Kunst Centraal, educational project, march-april 2002.
‘Een wereld van contrasten’, text in ‘Het portret geportretteerd’, regarding the prints by Nicole Montagne, published by Waanders, Zwolle 2000.
‘In druk’, text in ‘Marcel Schellekens, Romantisch realist’, regarding his etchings, Thieme Art publishers, Deventer 2008.

Winterreise

De wegwijzer
Der Wegweiser

Presented at the De KunstSalon, Utrecht november 12 2006; 24 original handprinted lithographs, based on the songs by Schubert. The total amount of produced books is 24. This book is based on Franz Schubert’s songs Winterreise, a heartbroken mans journey to his death.
These 24 lithographs are not meant to illustrate the cyclus. They are a journey through landscapes, sometimes dark or snowy, but always with a horizon that makes the traveler longing for what is behind.

Books

‘Frank Dekkers, landschappen’, cataloque including a text by A. Schutte, 32 pages, 27 illustrations in colour and black and white, 1000 copys, october 1998.
‘Frank Dekkers, Jeroen Hermkens, De plek’, book accompanying the exhibition ‘De plek’, Museum Het Oude Raadhuis, words by Rimme Rypkema, 64 pages, 50 illustrations in full colour, 1000 copys, december 1999.
‘Frank Dekkers, schilderijen en houtsneden’, with a text by Rimme Rypkema, published by Van Spijk Art Projects, Venlo, 64 pages, 52 illustrations in full colour, 750 copys, september 2001.
‘Regen’, 12 original handprinted lithographs, with hand-printed titel and colofon, number 1 from a serie of artbooks, published by the V.O.G., Den Haag 2002.
‘Winterreise’, 24 original handprinted lithographs, based on the songs by Schubert. The total amount of produced books is 24. Ameide, 2006.
‘Aan de rivier’, drawings by Frank Dekkers together with poetry by Menno van der Beek, Mark Boog, Lenze Bouwers, Chrétien Breukers en Abe de Vries, De Weideblik publishers, Varik 2006.
‘Dekkers & Hermkens, schilders’, text by Onno Maurer, uitgeverij Bekking & Blitz, Amersfoort 2007.
‘Frank Dekkers, riverlandscapes’, Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Den Haag 2007.
‘Oorverdovend stil’ (Deafening stillness), text by Dick Adelaar, Margot Fretz, Christina Hosman, Jeroen Hermkens, Bianca Ruiz, Akke Schutte, uitgeverij Thieme Art, Deventer 2009.

Oorverdovend stil presented


Cover of the luxe edition

Deafening stillness abounds in the landscapes painted by Frank Dekkers, an artist who portrays the man-made landscape of Holland. And with unspoiled nature virtually non-existent in the Netherlands, the thought that every shovelful of earth in the Netherlands has – at sometime – been worked by man, is a grim one indeed. Dekkers paints what is left of no man’s land: no man, no animal on the land, no bird, no house; a landscape that has no need of anything outside itself.

Margot Fretz

boekomslag

Uitgeverij de kunst publishers is publishing the book ‘Oorverdovend stil’ (Deafening stillness). Besides the normal hard-cover version a ‘the luxe’ edition is presented in a box with bound-in two lithographs and, apart from te book, two woodcuts. Though all text ( by Dick Adelaar, Bianca Ruiz, Christina Hosman and Jeroen Hermkens) is in Dutch language, the photography will prevail.
This book offers a first vieuw on all different techniques that Frank Dekkers uses. A special quire is the photopgraphic report on a days painting, by Rick Strooper. Reproductional photography Ben Vulkers. Bookdesign by Frans Nies.

Some articles

‘Frank Dekkers legt landschap met eigen handschrift vast’, Hans Lutz, Utrechts Nieuwsblad 24-10-1991.
‘Frank Dekkers imponeert in Kunstsalon’, Marlies Souren, Utrechts Nieuwsblad 05-11-1993.
‘Kleurig pleidooi van Dekkers voor het Bergense landschap’, Onno Hoedeman, Alkmaarder Courant 07-11-1997.
Kunst als product of als passie?’, Saskia Noort, Facts, december 1997.
‘Pure prentkunst van winnaars Grafiekprijs’, Meppeler Courant 01-09-1999.
‘Rivierenland vastgelegd in olieverf’, Piet Augustein, Het Kontakt, Leerdam 15-12-1999.
‘Schilderen met ontberingen’, Dick Fijlstra en Brand Overeem, Dagblad Rivierenland, 05-02-2000.
‘Ik ben een horizonkijker’, Piet Augustein, Gorcumse Courant, 24-12-2001.
‘Gevleugelde gebouwen en robuuste landschappen’, Wim van der Beek, Zwolse Courant, 28-01-2002.
‘Robuust en fragiel in Huize Erica’, Antonie den Ridder, de Gelderlander 15-04-2004.
‘Frank Dekkers in De Ploegh’, Thea Figee, Utrechts Nieuwsblad/Dagblad Rivierenland 13-05-2004.
‘Schilder legt vast wat gaat verdwijnen’, Dick Fijlstra en Brand Overeem, Dagblad Rivierenland 23-10-2004.
‘Het landschap, hedendaagse interpretaties op Realisme 05’, Tableau fine arts magazine, december 2004 / januari 2005.
‘Stad en Land: Frank Dekkers en Jeroen Hermkens’, Susanne Weide, Nobel Magazine 2005, nr 1.
‘Een groot verlangen drijft mij naar buiten’, Karen Duking, Utrechts Nieuwsblad/Dagblad Rivierenland 31-03-2005.
‘Frank Dekkers, Alpenschilder’, Dick Adelaar, Nobel Magazine 2006.
‘Rust, ruimte en horizon die almaar verder gaat’, Thea Figee, Algemeen Dagblad 14-11-2006.
‘Liever een rotspartij dan een kathedraal, Nederlandse bergkunst’, Christa Slootman, Hoogtelijn 2010, nr 2.
‘Frank Dekkers, landschapschilder pur sang’, Els Bracke, Kunst- en Antiekjournaal Collect, februari 2010.
‘Nederlands niemandsland in het werk van landschapschilder Dekkers’, Wim van der Beek, De Stentor 23-07-2010.
‘Je peins pour exister’, portret by Anne Lord, galerie Ruffieux-Bril, Chambéry, juni 2014.


Painting in the Beaufortain, France


Radio and television

NPS, Radio1, interview by Machteld Kooij, ‘Radio Uit’, december 1998.
‘Vlaanderen Vakantieland’, item about the Bergense Kunsttiendaagse, BRT televisie, 1998.
‘Lava’, artsprogram by Kanaal 9 and TV Utrecht, april 2002.
‘Kunstflitsen’, Omroep Ede, interview by Liesbeth Beerdsen, 31-03-2004.
Omroep Amersfoort, item on the exhibition at Museum Flehite, 3-10-2007.