vrijdag 7 september 2018

A video on drawing and painting

I almost forgot to post this. Just before the summer a video was made about my work. Made by the talented filmmaker Jaco Kruidenier of Maasmedia, Rotterdam.
Now still in Dutch, but I will be working on a translation in English... to be continued.

Couldn't embed, so please click this link: 

donderdag 30 augustus 2018

The kiln Gods have decided.

She opened the kiln and it was good. Two new ceramic sculptures. I was expecting the Majolica in a somewhat blue-gray color. I previously did a test on a different glaze and temperature. (And did not have time for new tests). But on this specific glaze (and higher temperature) it was still just brilliant blue. The kiln Gods have decided (and I will respect their choice)! Thanks Riƫlle Beekmans and Leon Perlot!
Now exhibited at ‘Op visite bij Pieter - Beelden in de tuin’, Woonzorgcentrum Stefanna in Delft.
7 September to 7 October 2018


woensdag 25 april 2018

Painting a Fuping bird

Time-lapse of me painting one of my ‘Fuping birds’  a few years ago at Struktuur 68. One of my first attempts to make a time-lapse video, and also to edit a video. Okay to be honest it is not Hollywood quality, but maybe with some practice in a few years I’ll get better at it ;-)


vrijdag 13 april 2018

A colourful trio at Cultuurplek

I am participating in a trio show at ‘Cultuurplek’. Together with good friend Tineke van Gils, ceramic artist and Tein Traniello, photographer.
I will show ceramics and oil paintings.
Exclusively for this exhibition Tineke and Pepijn made a ceramic collaboration piece, The Dodo teapot.
Exhibition opening: April 8th, 2018 2 PM.
Opening dates exhibition:
14 / 15 / 21 / 22 / 28 & 29 April from 2 – 5 PM
Irenestraat 41
4711 CA
St. Willebrord 

"Nothing is what it seems" news

And now it's time for some "Nothing is what it seems" news!

More info: http://pepijnvandennieuwendijk.com/pepijnvandennieuwendijk.com/tussen-kunst-en-geschiedenis-•-between-art-and-history/

Digging into the history of Coevorden
Archaeologists find extremely special sculptures from the seventeenth century
Anyone who digs in the soil of an old city like Coevorden can make special finds. During excavations in the Kerkstraat archaeologists found walls and remains of cellars from the 17th century. In an old waste well and between other archaeological remains, archaeologists found two extremely intriguing sculptures.

"It is to be expected that you will make special discoveries if you are going to dig in the center of a historic city like Coevorden," says Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, excavator, at the project in the center of Coevorden. While digging, a stone's throw from the Reformed Church, the archaeologists first found the floor of an old porch. "That seems to consist of two parts. We found a tiled floor in the highest part of the house, "says Van den Nieuwendijk.

Van den Nieuwendijk and his team think that the front house dates from the sixteenth century. "We could trace that from the remains of a cesspool." He points to a semi-circle of slightly darker earth.
"It is always nice to find something from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, since Coevorden experienced turbulent times at that time with wars against the Spaniards in the sixteenth century and Bommen Berend in the seventeenth century." "It teaches us more about how life was like in such a time. "
A reference to the war history are the traces of warfare. Finds of musket bullets from the seventeenth century at this excavation are silent witnesses of the war history of Coevorden.

Archaeologists found several cellars in the backyard. Although they are less old the cellar walls are more interesting. "It is still guessing, but we think the front cellar dates back to the late sixteenth century, possibly from the time after the Spanish occupation when damaged houses had to be rebuilt." "The rear part of the basement seems to have been added later, possibly in the early eighteenth century, assuming the brick size and the dating of shards of pottery that we found there. "

Behind the cellar walls were cesspits and waste pits found by the archaeologists. Possibly this was a fenced back yard of the houses on the Kerkstraat. Remains of a wooden division were also found.
In a cesspool and a waste pit, the archaeologists found two complete ceramic sculptures of exceptional quality. The statues with a green glaze probably date from the late seventeenth century, and are of great historical and artistic value through their expressive appearance and comic character. "Why these two sculptures are found in almost intact condition is really a mystery," says Van den Nieuwendijk. "They look like caricatures, meant to be scoffed." One of the sculptures looks like a standing soldier with a Spanish-looking helmet and a duck's head (maybe a goose's head?). The other sculpture looks like a soldier on a toy horse, where the toy horse once again has the head of a duck or goose.
"These are artistic seventeenth-century ceramic sculptures as we have never seen before, they provide us with a lot of questions, such as where were they made, and why and how did they get here and why." On the statue there is a year of 1592 , but the archaeologists suspect that it is not the date of production but that it refers to the year 1592 as a historical reference to the expel of the Spaniards in that year. "We know that it dates back to the late seventeenth century because of the glaze used and the context of other finds such as ceramic shards." "Such a historical object is of exceptional importance for the history of Coevorden and also for the history of the country".

The archaeologists hope to find more clues during the course of the excavations that can provide clarity for the mystery of the two sculptures.

The found cellars will be excavated even further, whereby archaeologists in deeper layers can make older finds that can shed more light on the late Middle Ages of Coevorden.

"We first make a kind of map of the spaces we excavate and we document everything," says Van den Nieuwendijk. "Then we can dig deeper again."
The entire plot has not yet been excavated. So there can still be anything underneath.

The archaeologists are curious about what else can be found under the Coevorden soil.
A few weeks remain for Van den Nieuwendijk and his team for the research. Then a new shop building with houses is built.

donderdag 1 maart 2018

La incapacidad de Verdugo

Eight artists from both Drenthe (north-eastern part of The Netherlands) and beyond, who are working in different
disciplines are invited to to take part in the exhibition 'Between Art
and history. The participating artists are Kitty Boon,
Robin d'Archy Shillcock, Siemen Dijkstra, Marieke Geerlings, Jans Muskee, Pepijn
van den Nieuwendijk, Ria Penthum and Herman Roozen. The artists received an explanation about the museum, the collection and the history of Coevorden during a meeting. As a result, they have chosen their own object or story about Coevorden. This object or story served as
starting point to create a work of art. In the exhibition the
chosen subject and the work based on it will be displayed next to each other. 

Through the artistic translation of our collection, in the exhibition answers are given to questions like:
‘What happens to the historical and new objects when they are exhibited side by side?’ and ‘Are you going to look in a different way to the object and history?’


Museum Coevorden
Haven 4
7741 JV Coevorden

On the photograph below my sculpture 'La incapacidad de Verdugo' (2018) made exclusively for this exhibition. 

Flowers on a Jan Snoeck sculpture

Such an incredible honour that I have been asked to paint a large sculpture by Dutch sculptor Jan Snoeck (b. 1927). Flowers in blue and white. When I was chatting with Jan a few years ago at Struktuur 68, I said to him how I would like to paint one of his sculptures entirely in blue and white. He remembered this idea and in december he called me on the phone and said that he didn’t know exactly what to do with this sculpture and wanted me to think of the idea of painting it in blue and white. Ofcourse I loved the idea. I started with the torso in January and now I am working on the legs. 
Working with Jan is such a privilege, despite his age (91) he is still creating works of art, isn’t that amazing?!