|Who was Rien Verschuur|
Universality and daily reality in Rien Verschuur’s art
Timeless principles and everyday’s events are in Rien Verschuur’s works of art not different worlds but form a whole. Both aspects of life, universality and daily reality, are highly interesting for the artist Verschuur. He is as fascinated by the essence of the phenomenon “light” as by the activities on a building site.
Grown up in Amsterdam
Resemblance with the art of glass-painting
Looking at some of his colourful pen drawings and oil paintings the resemblance with stained-glass windows in gothic cathedrals is obvious. Although Rien is aware of this similarity with the traditional art of glass-painting, he is not able to explain it. "Why I came finally to this form of expression, I do not know. The expressionism of Der Blaue Reiter and the ideas of Bauhaus have been enormous source of inspiration for me, but in the end I believe in myself, my own intuition and my creative urge".
"Often my present work is connected with personal experiences in a recent or distant past. My years of childhood in Indonesia have definitely contributed to the mystic and romantic elements in my world of experience. Later in Amsterdam in a liberal Roman Catholic environment a certain religious notion has been added, the insight that there exists something that goes far beyond the common world but on the other hand expresses itself in the very down-to-earth things".
"The death of my parents at relatively young age made me aware that the reality does not care about our feelings and dreams. That period brought me the insight that we cannot escape from the reality of life, a reality that is often pleasant but sometimes unimaginably hard. Also that insight is present in my work. I was already more than forty years old before I found a balance where the influences from the different phases in my life became harmonious".
Rien Verschuur’s work of art takes the spectator away into a unique visual experience.
Fascinated by the phenomenon light
"I work mainly from my intuition, from a personal motivation that is hard to rationalise. I learned from Der Blaue Reiter expressionists that a work of art is always very individual, very subjective. The artist puts a great deal of himself into it, and that is the way it should be. Therefore I am sometimes very hard-headed and I create a piece of art without reserve as it arises".
The interest in Verschuur’s work has grown explosively over the last years. His monumental works of art gather also interest and appreciation from the industry. He received commissions from Gaba in Almere (NL), Price Waterhouse Coopers in Amsterdam, Elmex Wybert in Lorrach (GE), Lindt & Sprüngli in Zürich (CH), Fenjal in Bazel (CH), Westropa Hotel in Amsterdam, the Fire Brigade in Zwolle (NL), Moes Construction Company in Zwolle (NL), Beekwilder BV in Amsterdam, Muwi in Amersfoort (NL).
Rien Verschuur’s works of art can be found in Brussels, London, Liechtenstein, Buchs (CH), St. Moritz (CH), Zürich (CH), Bazel (CH), Kansas USA, Graz (A), Vienna, Wiesbaden (GE), Lörrach (GE), Curaçao, Athens (GR), Anger (FR), Paris, New Milford (USA) and numerous communities and private collections.
Image Gallery Rien's younger years