theo overgaauw

Theo Overgaauw is een hedendaagse kunstenaar wiens werk opgenomen is in nationale en internationale collecties.

Geboren in Den Haag, gestudeerd aan de Vrije Academie te Den Haag en werd uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan een workshop van een week gegeven door Jörg Immendorff aan de Rijksacademie in Amsterdam.

Tegenwoordig leeft en werkt Theo Overgaauw in Sellingen, Groningen.

2023 works published in Subo Art magazine page 74-75
2023 works published in Divide Magazine Issue 5
Theo Overgaauw is a contemporary artist whose works appear in private collections national and international.

Born in The Hague, the Netherlands, he studied at the Vrije Academie, the Hague and was invited to attend a week-long workshop given by Jörg Immendorff at the Rijksademie in Amsterdam.

Today Theo lives and works in Sellingen, Groningen, the Netherlands.



2002 Galerie de Lange, Emmen, the Netherlands


2023 Virtual exhibit juice box - Fresh Salad art
2022 Virtual exhibit juice box - Fresh Salad art
2022 Virtual exhibit Painters Tubes Gallery
2021/2022 Virtual exhibit The Holy Art London
2015 Salon des Refusés, Groningen, the Netherlands
2011 EM galerie 'Hommage aan de Collectioneur Klaas en Alie Brandsma', Drachten, the Netherlands
2008 Hanzehofmuseum Zutphen
2007 Galerie Nijehove, Diepenheim, The Netherlands
2004 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2004 Galerie de Lange, Emmen, the Netherlands
2003 Galerie de Lange, Emmen, the Netherlands
2003 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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My artistic practice is one of constant evolution and experimentation, shifting between ideas and techniques as I seek to keep the process fresh and challenging. Beginning with figurative art during my early days at the academy, I embarked on a transformative trajectory that includes periods of abstraction and a return to figurative painting. These shifts occur deliberately and gradually, rekindling the artistic challenge and infusing fresh vitality into my creations.

Personal life experiences, including profound moments like the loss of a loved one or a transition from a vibrant urban environment to a tranquil countryside, have been instrumental in shaping these transformative shifts.
Presently, my artistic exploration centers on scrutinizing the intricate connections between religion, particularly Christianity, gender dynamics, and their collective ramifications on society. I hope to raise thought-provoking questions about the enduring influence of strong religious doctrines, which, despite waning in contemporary society, continue to shape both our legal systems and perceptual frameworks.

My artistic style oscillates between the realms of abstraction and figuration, with alternating phases where one style takes precedence over the other. Working primarily with acrylics and oil paints on linen, I embark on each piece with a blank canvas and minimal premeditation. This approach empowers me to paint with a sense of unrestrained freedom, sidestepping the potential constraints of meticulous preliminary studies. Such studies, while useful for some, could potentially stifle my genuine joy of painting and the innate vitality that emerges within the artwork itself.
Could you tell us more about your background and how you began creating art?

I started drawing from an early age using mainly oil pastels on anything that was available. Not even wallpaper was save. My parents didn’t mind as long as I only drew on the wallpaper of my own room. At school, from a certain age, we had a weekly art class where we worked with watercolours. After graduation, I went to the Vrije Academie where abstract work was the main thing, so I started working figuratively/realistically.

What does your art aim to say to its viewers? 

I always like to connect the two worlds, abstract with figurative. I don’t think there is any difference in the feeling/emotions you can get from either and therefore, I like the viewer to see that you can be very figurative in abstract work and vice versa. But also important I like them to recognise the pleasure/fun in paint and painting, its structure and flow, the combination of color and that it’s not only about the finished product.
Can you tell us about the process of creating your work? What is your daily routine when working?

I start working in the morning after walking the dog and continue for as long as it takes(hurray for led’s). I make very little preparations and very little to no preliminary studies. It kills the mood and the surprise that paint and painting must have. That also means that mistakes are involved, and correcting mistakes is challenging and that can lead to surprising new effects or views.

What is the essential element in your art?

Essential in my work is that there always has to be something unsettling, a twist. And what I mentioned before under two is that the fun that I had in painting should be visible to the viewer.

In your opinion, what role does the artist have in society? 

To those that look for it there can be a connection when they recognise something of themselves in art that can acknowledge an emotion or experience. To me that is the sole purpose of art.
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