Loek Grootjans

1955 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Loek Grootjans is an established artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other famous artists such as Denis Young, Jens Pfeifer, Emma Talbot, Joram Roukes, and A.H. Gouwe. Loek Grootjans was born in 1955.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Loek Grootjans is represented and exhibited by C&H gallery located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Loek Grootjans' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Vincent’s asylum at C&H gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The exhibition was open from 08 February 2018 until 11 February 2018. Loek Grootjans' only other recorded exhibition on Artland is ‘Vincent’s asylum’, which took place at C&H gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (24 November 2017 - 31 December 2017).

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most important innovators, and is of course viewed as one of the most remarkable painters of all time, regardless of the era. In the 20th century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were made under the support of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was a major architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Loek Grootjans

Loek Grootjans was born in 1955 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, fortified his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. A few noteworthy global movements that sharpened the decade include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which had a strong impact on the visual culture.

Loek Grootjans

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