Ben Rikken (1951)
After graduating from Minerva Academy in Groningen, Rikken made several study trips through Europe. During these trips he learned how to portray the various European landscapes on canvas.
Rikken paints according to 19th-century principles. Entirely in the tradition of the first Impressionists, he works outdoors as much as possible. He creates small preliminary studies ‘en plein air’ and works them out into the final painting in his studio. This method of working enables Rikken to capture the light, atmosphere and scenery in its purest form. The unusual perspective and the often intense colours demonstrate that Rikken is a child of his times, despite his admiration for the Old Masters.
Light and colour are perhaps the most important elements in the work of artist Ben Rikken. These visual resources play an essential role in his landscapes as well as in his still lifes. In Latte – Bloeiende Cypres (Latte – Flowering Cypress), Rikken manages to capture the sweep of the sea in a remarkable way by means of loose brushstrokes. The addition of colour gives an extra dimension to what seems to be a figurative painting at first sight. The Mediterranean light is of the utmost importance in this work.
Curriculum Vitae Ben Rikken ( Grevenbicht NL , 1951 )
– Academie Minerva in Groningen, Master Degree Teaching , Painting and Drawing 1972-1975), Master Degree Painting and graphics ( 1975-1979 )
-1995-2014 Private teaching in painting
-2006-2007 Teacher Classical Academy in Groningen, Portrait and model
-2007-2008 Teacher Classical Academy in Groningen, Colour and colourapplication
From 1978 until now, several trips to among others France, Italy, Poland, Norway Cornwall .Lived in Italy from 2002-2003 .
Ben Rikken works and lives in Groningen
Exhibitions ( solo and group )
2015 “ Realism 2015 “ Art Fair at the Passengers terminal Amsterdam
2013 Art Fair The PAN, Passengers Terminal Amsterdam : www.pan.nl
2012 Kunstzaal Van Heijningen The Hague With Peter Durieux and Renze Dijkema
2012 Dutch Magic Realism : Past toward Contemporary .Museum of Art Seoul National University, in collaboration with ING Management
2012 “The colour of Water “ Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen in collaboration with ING Management and Zuiderzeemuseum
2011 Solo exhibition Galerie Wildevuur at the occasion of my 60 th birthday
2009 Galery Art Mix Antwerp, with Jan Swaan and Philippe Brodsky
2004 Painted Reality Contemporary Dutch Figurative Art from the collections of the Drents Museum and ING bank, National Museum in Krakau ( Poland )
2004 Solo at Galery Mokum, Amsterdam
2003 Ben Rikken / Light, solo revieuw at the Drents Museum in Assen , including catalogue
2003 De ontmoeting ( The Meeting ) from the collections of ING bank, Drents Museum and MMKA ( Museum of Modern Art Arnheim )
2002 40 Years Galery Mokum,Frisia Museum Spanbroek , with catalogue
2001 “From Willink towards Helmantel “ : a choice from the ING collection, Drents Museum Assen
2000 “Sebens Choice “, by Piet Sebens ,Museum The Buitenplaats, Eelde , with catalogue
1998 Solo exhibition Mokum Galery Amsterdam
1997 50 Years N. A . M. .Head Office in Assen
1992 Head Office Gasunie in Groningen
Collections his works are in :
Drents Museum,Unilever Nederland B V ,N. A. M., Kadaster Nederland ,sveral private collections
Ms Zuiderdam , in collaboration with Onderneming en Kunst, Amsterdam
Several private portrait commisions
Groupportrait “Vereniging van Handelaren Groningen “
Website : www.benrikken.nl
Ben Rikken joined Fine Art America on November 6th, 2014.