A B O U T
About the artist Bas Nijenhuis
The works by Bas Nijenhuis are determined by two aspects: a great fascination for painting technique itself and at the same time the content. The latter is mostly about the qualities of light.
Without light there is no life on earth. This light is also what gives life to a painting. Capturing this light is a denominator in his work.
Life and ‘animation’ are searched for in the subject: images with a psychological side, intimate and subdued. Oftentimes humans, children or objects are depicted as a vessel for this search.
These are all portraits as it were: portraits of an inner world. Both of the subject as of the painter. A meditation on life and all aspects.
The technical side is a great motivator too. To find out what paint can do. Simple matter, but endless possibilities. Thick, thin, opaque, transparent, color and structures. In his works the enjoyment in experimenting with these is noticeable.
That streaks of paint and color -in essence very abstract- can form a reality and marvel on their own is for him the true magic of painting!
Bas’ art allows us to give free rein to our own imagination. His art is capable of enveloping us in a world between what is and what is not. It is becoming entrapped in a moment where you can see how each subtle brushstroke gives more than one story to tell and somehow or another you are a witness to this all. His works of art allows us to step before an entrance that contains an array of tales and each one deserves one’s attention. In all, his works of art have a certain freedom to them that simply invite you for more.
“A work of art is fascination or love frozen in matter.”– Bas Nijenhuis
2020 Interview by art historian Anneke Oele (Dutch) in local magazine Kop de Veur.
2020 Start as teacher in main curriculum @Klassieke Academie course: ‘composition and expression’
2020 Interview and feature by AR[T]MOIRE
2020 ‘Ego or Emo’, Expo: Northern Portraiture, Martiniplaza Groningen
2019 November: Pictura Groningen, ‘De rode draad’ with works from the blue series.
2019 October 8th: participation and work selected @ Sterren op het Doek, National Television show, featuring host: Özcan Akyol and guest: Maarten van Rossem
2019 Sep 5th Expo Cass Art London: Face to Face and interview here
2019 Sep 7th Expo: Gallery DSG Assen, selected alumni Klassieke Academie
2019 Sep 14th Expo: Theater en de verbeelding, various artists
2019 August Expo @ Gallery ‘Drentsche Aa’.
2019 ‘Girl without pearl earring’ has been selected for the BP Portrait Award 2019! and will feature at the National Portrait Gallery London from 13 June to Sunday 20 October 2019.
2018 Painting teacher ‘Ont-moet de meester’ @ Noorderateliers.
2018 Artikel door The Fine Art Collective about my works and a masterclass I followed.
2018 Teacher at the Klassieke Academie (Classical Academy of fine arts)
2018 Nominated and expo: weekend van het zelfportret, Loods 6 Amsterdam
2018 Expo: ‘Best of AKKA’, galerie Paterswolde
2018 Expo: Zofier ‘Meer Mata Hari’ met 4 schilderijen: ‘Strong Women’.
2018 Expo: Pulchri Den Haag
2018 Painting teacher Noorderateliers ‘De fundamentele principes van de schilderkunst’
2018 Expo: K&C (Kunst & Cultuur) Assen
2017 Expo: Beelden in Gees
2017 Guest teacher Noorderateliers
2017 Expo: Lawei in Drachten
2017 Allumniportret Klassieke Academie
2017 Expo: Galerie Paterswolde ‘Pracht en praal’
2017 Graduation Exposition: Pictura Groningen
2017 Short film by OogTV about graduation expo
2017 Artikel in Groninger Gezinsbode (newspaper) about genderseries
2017 Paleis Soestdijk, presentation: ‘ontmoet de meester’ (meet the master)
2017 Selected en expo for the Nederlandse Portretprijs 2017 (Dutch Portrait Award 2017) with a genderportrait
2016 Expo: Greetsieler Woche (Duitsland)
2015 Expo: ‘Buitengewoon Veendam’ with the Klassieke Academie
2013 Expositie UCMG, various works
2012 Expositie Lentis Groningen, various works