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Artist profile photograph of Rob Van Hoek, painter

Born 1957 The Hague, The Netherlands. Autodidact Professional artist since 1993 Numerous exhibitions in leading Dutch galleries, as well as in galleries in the United Kingdom (London, Oxford, Newcastle, Worchester), Denmark and France (St.Malo). My paintings have frequently been shown at International art fairs (The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, France, Sweden).




On a gesso structured canvas, I paint with oil, mixed with some wax-medium. Instead of adding the paint precisely with a brush, I work the other way around; I put on a lot of paint and then I carefully remove some of it, while “drawing” in the wet paint with a brush, the backside of a brush, a cloth, a tissue, a Q-tip or whatever is suitable for making the lines, the forms, the dots etc. Some of the line and figuration are made with oil pastels.


All the titles I use are lines (or parts of lines) from song lyrics. Mostly from pop music, sometimes a title of a jazz song. There are so many references to the landscape to be found, (and the sky, the weather, the time of day, the time of year, and so on), which I thankfully use. Usually I give the title to the painting when it is finished, browsing through my collection of songlines and selecting the most appropriate one. But sometimes I make a painting with a particular songline in mind. Working from this concept is inspired the novel “The Songlines”, by Bruce Chatwin.