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Albert Zwaan

Rotterdam/Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Painting • Born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands • Studied at Breda, The Netherlands

Published  13/03/2017   |   Updated  15/09/2019

landscape

Albert Zwaan paints urban landscapes. Desolate-looking buildings, surrounded by a lush landscape or abstract, decorative patterns.
For Zwaan, painting is all about the proper proportions: the contrasts and harmonies between the various colours, the forms and use of paint are all reconsidered with every new canvas.
Zwaan has a striking palette in which soft, pastel shades are dominant. Colours reminiscent of cartoons, graffiti, and...

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Albert Zwaan paints urban landscapes. Desolate-looking buildings, surrounded by a lush landscape or abstract, decorative patterns.
For Zwaan, painting is all about the proper proportions: the contrasts and harmonies between the various colours, the forms and use of paint are all reconsidered with every new canvas.
Zwaan has a striking palette in which soft, pastel shades are dominant. Colours reminiscent of cartoons, graffiti, and weathered paint in old shipyards. In Berlin he saw gray East German GDR flats that were painted over in pastel shades in an attempt to give them a softer look. Or maybe he simply uses these colours because he likes them.
While painting, Zwaan listens to electronic music: ambient, minimal, German avant-garde. Its energy perfectly matches his painting; he combines images the way a DJ samples sound fragments. He also draws from art history: the expressionist touch of Francesco Goya and El Greco, the resplendent clouds of Philip Koninck; they are mixed with stills from commercials, images from shop windows and logos.
In his teenage years, Zwaan used to be a graffiti artist. He felt at home at the abandoned marshalling yards with concrete sound walls, where he walked around at night with his bag of spray cans. Even now, as a painter, he has a sharp eye for the beauty of the city fringes. Albert Zwaan transforms the gritty post-industrial urban environment into a friendly coloured dream world.

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The parental home of Catherin (Kate) Bush in Bexleyheath south-east London, 2019, Oil on canvas, 28x20cm

The parental home of Catherin (Kate) Bush in Bexleyheath south-east London, 2019, Oil on canvas, 28x20cm

Winterlandschaft mit einer Villa, 2019. Oil on linen, 20x30cm

Winterlandschaft mit einer Villa, 2019. Oil on linen, 20x30cm

Shop window at night in 1938. Oil on linen, 2019, 30x40cm

Shop window at night in 1938. Oil on linen, 2019, 30x40cm

Dutch Landscape with apartment buildings, 2019. Oil on linen, 30x40cm.

Dutch Landscape with apartment buildings, 2019. Oil on linen, 30x40cm.

Soccer Grandstand, 2019. Oil on linen, 30x40cm

Soccer Grandstand, 2019. Oil on linen, 30x40cm

Pool, 2019, oil on linen, 18x24cm

Pool, 2019, oil on linen, 18x24cm

landscape, 2019. oil on linen, 30x40cm

landscape, 2019. oil on linen, 30x40cm

Autobiographic, etching, 2019, 31x25 cm, 2nd state

Autobiographic, etching, 2019, 31x25 cm, 2nd state

Terraced Houses, 2019. Oil on linen, 50x100cm

Terraced Houses, 2019. Oil on linen, 50x100cm

Randstad Suburbs, 2019. Watercolor and gouache on paper, size: 31x23cm

Randstad Suburbs, 2019. Watercolor and gouache on paper, size: 31x23cm

Untitled drawing. Pencil on paper, 2019, 28x21cm.

Untitled drawing. Pencil on paper, 2019, 28x21cm.

Albert Zwaan - Dike House VI, 2018. Oil on linen, 40x30cm

Albert Zwaan - Dike House VI, 2018. Oil on linen, 40x30cm

Landscape with two villa's, 2018. Oil on linen, 25x30cm, Price:

Landscape with two villa's, 2018. Oil on linen, 25x30cm, Price:

Walk through Dordrecht, 2017, 30 x 40 cm, oil on linen

Walk through Dordrecht, 2017, 30 x 40 cm, oil on linen

Barocci Zundert (NL), 2017, 70 x 90 cm, oil on linen

Barocci Zundert (NL), 2017, 70 x 90 cm, oil on linen

van Gogh series nr1, 2017. Oil on linen, size, 30x40cm

van Gogh series nr1, 2017. Oil on linen, size, 30x40cm

Duck into a pond, 2017. Oil on wood, 40x60cm

Duck into a pond, 2017. Oil on wood, 40x60cm

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

It's located in a rural scenic environment but in the vicinity of Randstad cosmopolitan life.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

The sound of my headphone, every day! And mostly with minimal electro kind of music through it.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Oil, I like the slowness of it, the slowness and matters which determines the spirit of the age in my peaceful landscapes.

What themes do you pursue?

Architectural subjects in landscape situations and painting matter

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Stop painting and go look for a temporary job' until you have enough money again.

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

In every contemporary art center wherever, in the world

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A phenomenal painted landscape, of any painter whatsoever

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

An electro music composer, Minimal DJ or Dub Selector

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Terraces, drinking a couple of Belgian beers , the couch of course and cycling through the countryside.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2018

Cityscapes - Pictura (solo.)

GROUP

2019

Vincent inspireert - Vincent van GoghHuis Zundert (group.)

2018

PARK Tilburg “139 X NOTHING BUT GOOD” (group.)

De Ketelfactory - The eye is the centre/Magnify me (group.)

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Bas Kuiper Collection http://baskuiper.com/About_Me.html

Collection Dordrechts Museum https://www.dordrechtsmuseum.nl/

Dela Collection

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GALLERIES

Galerie Nasty Alice | https://www.galerienastyaliceshop.nl/c-3485467/albert-zwaan/

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

2003 Rabobank Pictura Prize

2003 De Scheffer Prize https://www.verenigingdordrechtsmuseum.nl/de-scheffer/

EDUCATION (detailed)

1999 Academy of Arts St Joost, Breda

2001 Post St Joost, “Master of Art Program” Breda

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Bachelor of Arts (BA) painting/printmaking


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