theo overgaauw

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 Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Now living and working in Sellingen, the Netherlands.

Today Theo lives and works in Sellingen, the Netherlands.
Publications
Exhibitions;

Solo;

2002 Galerie de Lange

Group;

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
2011 EM galerie 'Hommage aan de Collectioneur Klaas en Alie Brandsma'
2008 Hanzehofmuseum Zutphen
2007 Galerie Nijehove
2004 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange
2004 Galerie de Lange
2003 Galerie de Lange
2003 Kunstrai met Galerie de Lange
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I prefer working with acrylics and oil paints on linen. With a blank canvas and little to no preliminary studies, I just take off with acrylic paint. To detailed preliminary studies make me feel uncomfortable, scared of colouring outside the lines and, thus, killing the fun in painting and the work itself. I like to mix abstract and figurative styles in one work. Though there are periods that abstract work has the upper hand and there are periods that it is much more figurative
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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