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Toon Verhoef Lecture: Early Influences, Source Material, Technique, and The Netherlands' Art Scene

Talk Takes Place Monday, March 2 at Noon in Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Posted 02.02.09 by MICA Media Relations

Dutch abstract painter Toon Verhoef presents a chronological survey of his work over the past 40 years on Monday, March 2 at noon in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. This Senior Thesis Seminar lecture is part of the artist's four-day residency at MICA organized by Mount Royal School of Art as a joint event with Senior Thesis and Hoffberger School of Painting. He will discuss early influences, source material, and technique, as well as more general comments on painting and the contemporary art scene in The Netherlands.

Verhoef speaks of "thought-out" images, by which he suggests that a very precise intellectual process governs the creative act. This conception of artistic practice directly contradicts the free flow of unconscious impulses that is usually associated with abstract painting.

The surfaces of the painter's compositions are organized by means of precise relationships between background and figure. Forms stand out sharply against the flat plane.

Verhoef was one of the first artists given an international studio at New York's P.S. 1 (1977-78). From 1978-2004 he was a teaching artist at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has been an artist in residence (2004) at Dartmouth College and a visiting artist and lecturer at a number of American colleges, including MICA (2005).

Future projects include curating the 2009 Paramaribo Biennale in Suriname, initiating an advanced painting program at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and being featured in retrospective exhibitions in Germany and The Netherlands. Verhoef exhibits regularly at Galerie Onrust in Amsterdam.