theo overgaauw

Born in the Hague, attended the Vrije Academie and attended a workshop of a week by Jörg Immendorff (Rijks Academie).
Work owned by municipality, companies, national and international private collectors.
Now living in Sellingen, Groningen, the Netherlands


2002 Galerie de Lange


2015 Salon des Refusés
2011 EM galerie 'Hommage aan de Collectioneur Klaas en Alie Brandsma'
2008 Hanzehofmuseum Zutphen
2007 Galerie Nijehove
2004 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange
2004 Galerie de Lange
2003 Galerie de Lange
2003 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange
Over the years my work has had many changes, mostly subtle but sometimes rather radical. I tend to get bored with myself doing the same thing over and over. It is a challenge for me to get it working again.
I start a new painting and I don't now where it will take me and during the proces there will be some conscious decisions but for the bigger part its action and reaction. I enjoy the struggle, as long as I am able to get it right in the end.
Since the move to the country my work became influenced by the space around. Going from the city to the wide planes had its effect. Although the work being abstract definitely breathes landscape in the works from 2000 to the second half of 2017. There usually is some form of recognisable element in it that can go from a simple shape like a ladder or a letter to detailed painted roses or the use of a cartoon figure.
In 2016 the colours narrowed down to Payne’s grey and titanium white. For years I wanted to paint monochrome work but it was never the right time. This mono period lasted till the middle of 2017 when shapes and colour started to take over and the work became a bit more playful and surreal, where the flow of paint is just as important as the shape its in.
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