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Peter John Voormeij: Through Dutch Eyes

Elliott Louis Gallery
Vancouver BC Jan 18-Feb 6, 2005

Peter John Voormeij - Ferguson Point Battery
Peter John Voormeij, Ferguson Point Battery (1938) (2004), acrylic on canvas [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 18-Feb 6, 2005]

Dutch-born painter Peter John Voormeij was educated in Montreal, Quebec and at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. In addition to an active painting career, he has been a sessional instructor at several colleges in Canada and The Netherlands.

In his first solo exhibition in Vancouver, Voormeij presents a series of abstract canvasses that mediate between human feelings and the world of paint. Like many abstract expressionist painters, Voormeij enjoys the process of interacting with a blank canvas to create something new and unpredictable. His art does not have a message; rather, it is a reflection of his creative process. An event or thought will trigger an association of actions and gestures, upon which he acts and the painting evolves. As he describes his method, “Sometimes it is a savage and almost untamed attack, and at other moments caressing and gentle.”

Voormeij is known for his vibrant, abstract paintings on the 2,100-square-metre ceilings of the Council of State Building, formerly a palace, in The Hague, The Netherlands. His work is in private collections, museums and government institutions. The Dutch Consulate General, Joop Corijin opens the exhibition on January 20 at 6:30 pm.

Mia Johnson

 Tue, Nov 2, 2004