Rutger Termohlen is a Dutch artist born in 1977 whose unique aesthetics stem from his early tenure as a graffiti artist alongside his time as an art student. Building on the opposites of chaos and peace, the painter draws heavily on society as key motif, often using animals as a metaphor for people in his abstract rendition.
His career didn’t quite start like the ones of most artists: as a child he was deaf for two years. A period in which he was compelled to look at the world that surrounds him from a different type of view. He shifted his focus almost entirely to the visual and equipped with his drawing materials he created his own world, a world in which he examined and compared an infinite amount of faces, shapes, colors and objects.
It is obvious Termohlen was destined to be a pictorial storyteller who, in his own words, is searching for “the animal nature”. For example, horses are a recurrent theme in his work; “They are proud and strong animals until you hurt them”, according to Termohlen. This remark once more confirms that he often attributes human qualities to animals, which is shown in the colorful fantascapes he creates. These landscapes, filled with animals and men never originate from sketches but are being arranged on canvas by pen right away, form and intuitive.
Even as a child he already used a pen, not a pencil. A dash of the pen is definite and direct and that is so more exciting than the safety of a pencil stroke. Any possible mistake is visible and the artist has to ad layers to change the image. He takes a risk and by doing so the ultimate work gets better.
It is not surprising that the combination of intuition, swiftness and directness drew him towards graffiti scene as a teenager. This combination sharpened and influenced his pictorial qualities and cannot be found in any other art movement.
Rutger Termohlen lives and works in Breda, The Netherlands.
|2014||Clash Wall Amsterdam||Leidsegracht 17, Amsterdam||Group|
|2013||Urban and Beyond||Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands ||Group|
|2012||Building Destruction||The Netherlands||Group|
|2012||Keep on Dreaming||Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands ||Group|
|2012||Hot Stuff||Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands ||Group|
|2011||Game Heroes||Galerie Majke Hüsstege, Hertogenbosch||Group|
|2010||The Secret Behind the Eyes||Galerie l'Issue, Paris||Duo|
|2009||Self Portraits||Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin||Group|
|2009||Slick art fair||Paris, France||Group|
|2009||Oog in Oog||Stichting KOP, Breda, the Netherlands||Group|
|2008||Kunsttour||Galerie Groen Licht, Maastricht||Solo|
|2008||My Artistic slideshow||Stichting Colin, Tilburg, the Netherlands||Group|
|2008||Sweatshop||Stichting KOP, Breda, the Netherlands||Group|
|2008||Graphic Design Festival||Breda, the Netherlands||Group|
|2008||Wall painting||Illustrative, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2008||Installation together with Collin van der Sluijs||Glaspaleis Heerlen, the Netherlands||Duo|
|2007||Kunsttour||Galerie Groen Licht, Maastricht, the Netherlands||Group|
|2007||Affordable Art Fair||Amsterdam, the Netherlands||Group|
|2007||Dutch design Week||Eindhoven, the Netherlands||Group|
|2007||De Nieuwe Veste||Breda, the Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Alias||Stadsgallerij, Breda, the Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Kunst tour||Galerie Groen Licht, Maastricht, the Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Stichting KOP||Breda , the Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Wall painting||Stedelijk Gymnasium, Den Bosch, the Netherlands||Solo|
|2006||Solar Festival||Roermond, the Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Live painting together with Collin van der Suijs||Dutch Broadcast company BNN||Duo|
|2006||Premiere Cool (by Theo van Gogh)||Scheveningen, the Netherlands||Group|
|2005||Kosmopolite festival||Paris, France||Group|
|2005||Dance Valley Festival||Amsterdam, the Netherlands||Group|
|2005||Westpark Jam||Amsterdam, the Netherlands||Group|
|2005||Fight club||Gallerie Maas, Rotterdam,the Netherlands||Group|
|2005||Untitled||Stedelijk Museum,Den Bosch, the Netherlands||Group|
|2004||Meeting of styles||Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Antwerp, Belgium||Group|
|2004||Punct||Tilburg, the Netherlands||Group|
|2004||one work in collection||Groeningemuseum,Brugge,Belgium||Group|
|2001||Punct||Tilburg, the Netherlands||Group|
|2000||Punct||Tilburg, the Netherlands||Group|