Landscape: At The Edge (OR2), 1999
oil on ragboard
10" x 12"
Derrik Van Nimwegen's landscapes strip away man's imprint and interference with nature. In his paintings, Van Nimwegen includes only what is given us by nature. Intrigued by the luminous and diffuse light of winter, he explores his environment through his palette in both color and tone. This unique light of the cold months of winter is so essential to Van Nimwegen's work that he only paints plein air during this season.
Derrik Van Nimwegen is a published poet as well as an accomplished painter. He has painted in Europe, extensively in the Tuscany region of Italy, and his native United States. The artist lives and works in Venice, California, spending much of the winter months painting in the Santa Monica Mountains. His work is held in both private and public collections.
As a landscape painter, my intent is to strip away man's imprint and interference with nature and reach for a purer state of existence. My work concentrates on light, palette, and the natural environment.
My recent work simplifies the landscape and concentrates on planes that come together to form edges. It is at these edges where life changes occur, or so it seems to me, and my paintings explore these changes.
MEDIA: Oil on paper and panel.
EDUCATION: BA, Connecticut Wesleyan
EXHIBITIONS: The Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; the Armand Hammer Museum Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Art Store Gallery, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Graphic Arts Council, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach CA; Public Corporation for the Arts, Long Beach, CA; The Santa Monica Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA; The Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; 72 Market Street, Venice, CA; Transamerica Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; the Walker and Eisen Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA.
MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS: The Achenbach Collection, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; De Beers Collection, New York, NY; Bankers Trust, New York, NY; Bristol-Myers, New York, NY; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Irvine, CA.
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: Aspen, CO; Beverly Hills. CA, Newport Beach, CA; Santa Monica, CA; New Haven, CT; New York, NY; Paris, France and Rome, Italy.