zondag 28 december 2014

New website

Working on my new website has swallowed all time, at least the last month. It actually took me months to go through Youtube tutorials and library 'Wordpress for dummies' books. 
But it was great fun to work on it
Here it is:

And I hope the Google spiders will find my website soon, because the old one has disappeared.

A dragon of Cobalt

Last few weeks, while I got square eyes from the computer screen working on my new website, I managed to escape the screen a few times to paint on my new commissioned vase. And last week the clients arrived to add some personality to the vase: their initials on a little ceramic book. 

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Rural fields

I am working on a new vase the in studio of ceramic artist/designer Norman Trapman.
His studio is located  within by the green rural fields of the village of Nieuwveen.
A two hour public transport trip with train and bus brings me there.
This new dragon vase is a private commission.
Norman has thrown the vase and now I am decorating it.
Painting the vase will be the last stage.  

donderdag 16 oktober 2014

The BIG ART clash in pictures

Here are some snapshots of my current exhibition in Eindhoven, the BIG ART clash. 
In this exhibition I show my works along with works by abstract artist Guus Koenraads.

More information: http://www.galerienastyalice.nl/home

An interview with both Guus and myself (only available in Dutch) you can find here:

maandag 6 oktober 2014

A homage: Daar komen de Putters!

I just finisished two small paintings for the project De hommage.

A year ago, the artists Leonard van de Ven and Rens Krikhaar started De hommage.
They invited more than 45 professional artists to make a tribute to the 17th century artist Carel Fabritius, and his famous painting The Goldfinch.
Fabritius died young, caught in the explosion of the Delft gunpowder magazine, October 12, 1654, which destroyed a quarter of the city, along with his studio and many of his paintings. Only about a dozen paintings have survived.

Carel Fabritius painting The Goldfinch is in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
The painting is a trompe-l'œil of a European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on top of its feeder that is attached to the wall. The feeder consist of two half rings and a blue container. The bird is sitting on the top ring, to which it is chained by its foot.
In the 17th century, goldfinches were popular pets because they could be trained to draw water from a bowl with a miniature bucket. The Dutch title of the painting pertains to the bird's nickname puttertje, which refers to this custom and translates literally as little weller.
Source: Wikipedia

On October 19th, 2014 opens the first edition (Ouverture) of Daar komen de Putters! (Here come the Goldfinches!), at museum castle Keukenhof in Lisse, The Netherlands.
After the exhibition in castle Keukenhof the exhibition  travels to different locations, more information soon.

De Verrijzenis (the Resurrection)
Oil on panel,
33,5 x 22,8 cm

Een vogelstudie (bird study)
Oil on panel,
33,5 x 22,8 cm

vrijdag 26 september 2014

The BIG ART clash

Upcoming: new duoshow 'The big art clash'.
Figurative vs. abstract
October 11 - November 22, 2014
Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

I exhibit together with abstract artist Guus Koenraads, a very interesting combination I must say.

Opening October 11th, 2014, 3 - 6 pm


zaterdag 30 augustus 2014


I have made some new photos at my solo exhibition at the Koornmarktspoort in Kampen.
And the coolest thing was making these panorama photos.

The exhibition lasts till September 7.
Here you can find bigger versions of these panorama's.

woensdag 27 augustus 2014

Silent euphoria

New painting

Stille euforie/ Silent euphoria (Opiumbird)
Oil on canvas
45 x 26,5 cm

maandag 4 augustus 2014

Giclee prints and ceramics on my Etsy webshop

The giclee prints from the previous post are available in my webshop:

Also available: t-shirts, ceramics and two original drawings.

woensdag 23 juli 2014

Printed: Mammoths and Dragons, Emperors and Sultans

These three paintings and a drawing are now for sale as Giclee fine art prints, beautifully printed with archival inks on Hahnemühle paper at studio Buitenhof, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
The print of my the painting  'The Greatest Show On Earth' is also for sale at my solo exhibition at the Koornmarktspoort, Kampen (see previous post).

Buy these giclee prints at my Etsy.com shop:

Contact me for ordering framed prints (currently only available for shipping in The Netherlands): cirquedepepin (at) planet (dot) nl

 The Greatest Show On Earth
Giclee print
107 x 71,5 cm
Signed and numbered edition of 20

Price: € 404,37  ($ 528,72)
price for unframed print, without shipping costs
Framed: € 579,84

Verzendkosten/Shipping (Netherlands) : € 8,60  ($ 11,59)
Verzendkosten/Shipping (
Netherlands) Framed: € 14,90
Shipping international, only unframed: € 14,90 ($ 20,03)


Koning Bubo bubo De Rode en zijn adviseurs
King Bubo Bubo the Red and his advisors

Giclee print
112 x 58 cm
Gesigneerd en genummerd oplage 20
Signed and numbered edition of 20

Price: € 404,37  ($ 528,72)
price for unframed print, without shipping costs
Framed: € 579,84

Verzendkosten/Shipping (
Netherlands) : € 8,60 ($ 11,59)
Verzendkosten/Shipping (
Netherlands) Ingelijst/framed: € 14,90
Shipping international, only unframed: € 14,90 ($ 20,03)

Dragon Emperor
Giclee print
110 x 80 cm
Gesigneerd en genummerd oplage 20
Signed and numbered edition of 20

Prijs/price: € 404,37  ($ 528,72) price for unframed print, without shipping costs

Framed: € 579,84  

Verzendkosten/Shipping (Netherlands) : € 8,60 ($ 11,59)
Verzendkosten/Shipping (
Netherlands) Ingelijst/framed: € 14,90
Shipping international, only unframed: € 14,90 ($ 20,03)

Sultan Mahmud Babar
Giclee print
30 x 24 cm
Signed and numbered edition of 10

Price: print with passe-partout: € 223,37 ($ 292,05) price for unframed print, without shipping costs
Framed with passe-partout: € 327,30

Shipping (Netherlands): € 8,60 ($ 11,59)
Shipping (Netherlands) framed: € 8,60 
Shipping international, only unframed: € 14,90 ($ 20,03)

The Greatest Show on Earth

Dragon Emperor

Sultan Mahmud Babar II

King Bubo Bubo the Red and his advisors
Dragon Emperor print detail

Sultan Mahmud Babar II print detail
King Bubo Bubo the Red and his advisors print detail

dinsdag 1 juli 2014

The Greatest Show On Earth

My new solo exhibition 'The Greatest Show On Earth' has started last Saturday. The name of the exhibition is based on the Ringling Bros and_Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The exhibition takes place in the medieval city gate 'Koornmarktspoort' in the city of Kampen.
Three stories with about 75 works, ceramics, paintings and drawings!
The show is on display till September 7th 2014.

Laatste Mammoet (Last Mammoth)

Afterwar Delight surrounded by other ceramics, paintings and drawings

Exodus of the spirits (Yeti), Dragons of Ming vase

Carved porcelain vases, Celadon glaze

Some of my recent drawings framed by Martin Horneman

Dragon emperor ceramic sculpture

donderdag 12 juni 2014

Koornmarktspoort Kampen

On June 28 2014 starts my new solo exhibition at the amazing Koornmarktspoort in Kampen.
The Koornmarktspoort is a fourteenth century city gate in the old city centre of Kampen and it is part of the Stedelijk Museum Kampen. I will show paintings, ceramics, studies and archaeological finds from my own collection.



woensdag 11 juni 2014

Timelapse - Museum Prinsenhof Delft - room 18

Timelapse video of the decoration of room 18, the Delft blue room, and  installation of my ceramic scale model of Delft in 1649 at Museum Prinsenhof, Delft. You can see me work on the installation from 2:07 till 2.26 (the finishing touch).

vrijdag 30 mei 2014

Jeux d'esprits: bleu, blanc, rouge

Now on display at Pulchri studio The Hague 3 of my paintings in the exhibition 'Jeux d'esprits: bleu, blanc, rouge' .

Participating artists:

Deelnemende kunstenaars:
Michael van den Besselaar
Grada Bouman
Peter Gentenaar
Joop van 't Hoenderdaal
Paul van Hulzen
Marianne Kaars Sijpesteijn-Bos
Erik Ketel
Susan de Kruiff
Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk
Caro Rambonnet
Gert Jan Scholte-Albers
Dinie Wikkerink

http://www.audiosparksforart.com/art/mammoth-parade/  (this link thanks to Dan Goldstein)

woensdag 21 mei 2014

Anno Domini 1649

This week the last parts of my Ceramic scale Model of the city centre of Delft came out of the kiln.
I have just installed it in the museum.
The scale model was commisioned by Museum Het Prinsenhof and is based on the 1649 map of Delft by Joan Blaeu. It is made from ceramics with Engobe and the size is approximately 2 x 3 meters, and 5 cm height. Interesting details: It is made in 61 parts, and I used about 500 kilo of clay to make the piece.
When you look in the binoculars you see beautiful animated short movies on the history of Delft as a ceramic city, about potters and the ceramic proces of making Delftware.
The scale model is going on display in the newly renovated Museum.

The grand reopening of the Museum is on May 23rd by His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.


The Greatest Show on Earth

I did not have much time to paint the last few months because of my Monumental city of Delft (1649) 2 x 3 meter ceramic scale model commission and the exhibition in Dongguan China. But I managed to finish the painting. In collaboration with Studio Buitenhof in The Hague I am producing a high quality print from this new painting, in an edition of 20. 
Soon they will be available.
More information will follow.

maandag 28 april 2014

Back from Dongguan

I just returned from a two weeks visit to Dongguan, China. There I worked on the design and display for the exhibition The Blue Revolution in the Yuan Chonghuan Memorial Park Museum. 
I had a great time working together with projectleader Adriaan Rees and the lovely staff of the museum. The first week we mainly worked at the setup of the exhibition, to make photographs that we wanted to use in the catalogue. We finished the design of the catalogue not even a week before the opening of the exhibition. Then it went to the printer and binder to make the first 200 copies. In only one week, incredible fast, that's China.

Some extra information about the exhibition:

The Blue Revolution
This exhibition shows more than 130 pieces of exquisite ceramics, from the collections of Jingdezhen Imperial Porcelain Museum, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, The Archaeological Department Delft,  The San Bao Ceramic Museum Jingdezhen and from private collections.
All these pieces, old and new, tell their own intimate story about blue and white porcelain and Delftware and the relationship between the East and the West.
This third edition of The Blue Revolution in Dongguan is divided into 3 parts:
The Hall of Heroes, the transport room and the underwater room.
Specially for this show in Dongguan we developed The Hall of Heroes.
In this room you will find the three heroes of each town.
Yuan Chonghuan from Dongguan is the patriotic hero and famous general from the late Ming Dynasty.
Tong Bin from Jingdezhen, famous potter and master of wind and fire, who gave his life for a special porcelain pot for the emperor .
William of Orange from Delft, who is the founder of The Netherlands and great grandfather of the present King of The Netherlands.
You can also see a world map, with the location of the three cities and the Maritime porcelain connections between the East and the West.
Dongguan, Jingdezhen and Delft are all three world famous cities for trading. Jingdezhen and Delft for their ceramics. Dongguan in recent years because it was one of the first cities that developed as a modern industrial area and production zone for China and the world.
The second room is the transport room
This room gives you an impression about how the ceramics were transported by merchant ships over sea.
It also gives some brief information about  the VOC (the Dutch East Indian Company who transported the Chinese porcelain to The Netherlands) and it shows an old map of Delft, with the main excavation sites where old Chinese porcelain and Delftware was found.
The video screen in this room shows short videos about Jingdezhen and Delft and gives short impressions how ceramics are made.
The third room is the underwater room
This is  an exciting room where visitors have the feeling to walk around into an underwater world. In ancient times, some of the wooden merchant ships shipwrecked and sank to the bottom of the sea.
These shipwrecks and their expensive cargo are often discovered. The porcelain from these ships are a real treasure. In this room you will find, amongst others, eight shards from the VOC ship ‘Witte Leeuw’ (White Lion), a ship that sank in 1613. These shards are just laying in the sand, next to ceramics made by modern artists from Delft and Jingdezhen and the exquisite porcelain pieces from Jingdezhen Imperial Porcelain Museum.