// Erik de Bree Portrait


Since 2009 the central theme of Erik de Bree’s work has been the breaking down of imagery. Working in series allows him with every series to develop a new technique. These techniques, a great variety of material additional and removal processes, facilitate coincidence to interfere leaving a visual trace in the resulting artwork.

The starting point for the series entitled “wallpaper paintings”, was de Bree’s decision to swap oil color for wallpaper and canvas for wooden panels. Having done so, this opened up a new perspective on his practice as painter, trained at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. For the wallpaper paintings he puts the wallpaper layer by layer on the panel. During the creative process, however, single layers are ripped off again. Some artworks are further worked on using spray-paint, aryl or ink. The removal of the overlapping wallpaper layers leads to unpredicted, yet intended results as De Bree likes to think of the entire process as one of “creating a context in which unexpected things can happen”.

// Erik de Bree / vita

1977 born in Haarlem
1998 – 1999 Studies at Willem de Kooning academie, Rotterdam/NL
2005 – 2008 Studies at Rietveld academie, Amsterdam/ NL

Currently lives and works in Haarlem, Netherlands.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Torn & Teared, Kjubh Kunstverein, Köln/ D
2015 With perfect nonchalance, C&H Art Space, Amsterdam/ NL
2014 Erik de Bree op Sao Miguel, Christies Amsterdam NL
2013 Erik de Bree, schilder, Castellvm Aqvae, Bloemendaal/ NL
2012 solo, ING insurance, Den Haag/ NL
Langolier paintings, Ververs gallery, Amsterdam/ NL
2011 Improved photographs, Apice for artists, Amsterdam/ NL
Rather ripped, Galerie 37, Haarlem/ NL
2009 Art olive, Amsterdam/ NL


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2015 Presentatie van Vlissingen Art Foundation, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam/ NL
2014 Labyrint, Villa Zebra, Rotterdam/ NL
2013 Anders!, Historisch Museum i.s.m. Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem/ NL
double damaged, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam/ NL
Bedankt voor die bloemen, Teylers museum, Haarlem/ NL
2012 Horizonverticaal presenteert, kunstvlaai Amsterdam/ NL
C.A.R.,Ververs gallery, Essen/ D
2011 Anoniem gekozen, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag/ NL
Zomeropstelling, Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem/ NL
2010 Not so absolute, Apice for artists, Amsterdam/ NL
Restvorm, Horizonverticaal, Haarlem/ NL
Bougie art initiatives, P///////AKT, Amsterdam/ NL
2009 Quantumvis v, RC de ruimte, IJmuiden/ NL
Quantumvis v, De Servicegarage Amsterdam/ NL
Memento memori, De Vishal, Haarlem/ NL
2008 Koud, De Servicegarage, Amsterdam/ NL
Art olive jong talent 2008, Art olive, Amsterdam/ NL
Kopie-documented now!, de brakke grond, Amsterdam/ NL
2007 Afwezig, hotel Maria kapel, Hoorn/ NL
2006 Pass the drawing, Horsemove project space, Amsterdam/ NL


AWARDS

2015 Werkbijdrage bewezen talent, Mondriaan Fonds
2013 inspiratie-reis,Van Vlissingen Art Foundation
2010 Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB


COLLECTIONS

Caldic collectie, Wassenaar / NL // collectie Fentener van Vlissingen // MAL collection, Loppersum / NL // collectie Pieter en Marieke Sanders //
collectie F. Oomen // ING insurance / NL // Dela verzekeringen / NL // SBK amsterdam, Amsterdam / NL and several private Collections

PUBLICATION

Erik de Bree op Sao Miguel, uitgeverij Waanders (inspiratie reeks 2014)