José Heerkens portrait

Jose Heerkens /   José Heerkens

Netherlands 1950

Minimal Art, Painting

Jose Heerkens
José Heerkens
July 17, 2015
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José Heerkens is a Dutch artist, known for her minimalist paintings which represent a perfect symbiosis of colors and linear forms.


José Heerkens was born in 1950, in Dinther, Netherlands. She graduated from Royal Academy of Art and Design in ‘s – Hertogenbosch in 1984, receiving a degree in Art of Painting. Since the early 1980s, Heerkens has been traveling the world, going on educational tours – from the US to Australia. In 2011, she took part in a residency program at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in the US.

José Heerkens - Meen me in Brooklyn N0 16, 29 and 30, 2011
José Heerkens – Meen me in Brooklyn N0 16, 29 and 30, 2011

Color and Line

José Heerkens - P20. Travelin' Light, 2013 - Copyright IdeelArt
José Heerkens – P20. Travelin’ Light, 2013

Heerkens uses a variety of media, depending on the surface. When painting on linen, she uses oil, and then pulls it over aluminum and wooden frames. Watercolor and acrylic are her primary media when working on paper. Her rich artistic vocabulary consists mainly of colors, linear forms, paint and measuring. Space is also a significant inspiration for Heerkens’ work.

Heerkens is particularly interested in the play of colors and space, and the energy that the two emit when joined together. Each color has its identity, as she says. As they interact in her works, they develop a sort of communication and relationship, resulting in the apparent movement of colors. Lines are also a major part of her paintings – they exist to form space. The horizontal lines stretch the image, and the vertical lines provide a kind of skeleton. Heerkens’ minimalist art is simple and straightforward, which greatly contributes to its appeal.

Collections and Exhibitions

José Heerkens - Color Study, 2009
José Heerkens – Color Study, 2009

Heerken’s paintings are a part of numerous collections, both public and private, in the Netherlands, but also in other European countries, the US and Australia. Her work has extensively been exhibited throughout Europe, eastern Asia and Australia, as well as oversees in the US. Some of her more notable group exhibitions include h o r i z o n t a l (which took place in 2012 in Germany), and DOPPLER in New York in 2013. She will be exhibiting in 2016 at the Museum Nieuw Kranenburgh in the Netherlands – the exhibition is titled Silence Out Loud.

As of March 2015, José Heerkens is represented by IdeelArt.

Heerken’s has received numerous awards, including the Stipend of the Fund for Visual Arts and Architecture in Amsterdam in 2000. In 2006, she has published a book titled Horizon, where she discussed her ideas in an interview with Johannes van der Wolk. She has also received a grant for the publication of Horizon.

José Heerkens currently lives and works in Zeeland, Netherlands.

Images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Silence Out LoudMuseum Nieuw Kranenburgh, Bergen NH, The NetherlandsSolo
2015José Heerkens and Dörte BehnVerein für aktuelle Kunst Ruhrgebiet, Oberhausen GDuo
2014Van Breugel Art ProjectsUtrecht NLSolo
2014Space as SpaceVasarely Museum BudapestGroup
2014Doppler ShiftVisual Arts Center of New Jersey USAGroup
2014Nieuw, Nieuwer, Nieuwst #3Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo NLGroup
2014Group ShowGalerie des Beaux Arts nationaux de Beijing, CNGroup
2014Group ShowSalon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris FRGroup
2014Concreet NuTerra Art Projects Zoetermeer NLGroup
2014Private View By Appointment'dr. julius | ap, BerlinGroup
2013DOPPLERParallel Art Space, Brooklyn NY, USAGroup
2013NEUE STILLE #1Gallery Vous Etes Ici, AmsterdamGroup
2013Group ShowSalon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris FRGroup
2013HydrographyDe Vishal HaarlemGroup
2013OrthogonalCity Art Gallery Burgas, BgGroup
2013Zwart & Wit / Black & WhiteGorcums Museum, GorinchemGroup
2013Stilte / Silence KuuB UtrechtGroup
2013Slow FreezeGEMAK, Den HaagGroup
2012de retour de chez AlbersGalerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris FR Solo
2012José HeerkensAkkuH, Hengelo, NLSolo
2012Group ShowReSeT Museum Belvedère, Heerenveen NLGroup
2012OrthogonalThe Red House, Sofia, BulgariaGroup
2012SLOW FREEZEProvinciehuis Noord Holland, Haarlem Group
2012Group ShowArti CapelliGroup
2012h o r i z o n t a lGesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, BonnGroup
2012Doppler StopGrafisch Atelier Amsterdam NL, Group
2012Tot op het BotBKKC TilburgGroup
2012Group ShowSalon Réalités Nouvelles. Paris FRGroup
2012FutureShock OneTwoGalerie dr. julius - ap. BerlinGroup
2011José HeerkensMondriaanhuis, Amersfoort Solo
2011José HeerkensTen Kate, Ter Apelkanaal, GroningenSolo
2011Group ShowGalerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris, FRGroup
2011A Romance of Many DimensionsB.A.G. Brooklyn, New York, USAGroup
2011Group ShowGalerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris, FRGroup
2011Group Show65e Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, FRGroup
2010/2011Lebt TheoGesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, BonnGroup
2010FORMEEL 2010Museum Waterland, PurmerendSolo
2010LuminousTemporary Art Center EindhovenSolo
2010HYDROGRAPHYRC de Ruimte, IJmuidenGroup
2010IS meets SNOSydney Non Objective. Sydney, AUS Group
2010Color Matters Part 5Kunstruimte 09, GroningenGroup
2010Group Show64e Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, FRGroup
2010Group ShowFormeel Aquarellen Expo 32, EdamGroup
2010Dutch ConnectionHebel_121, Basel CHGroup
2009-20101/1...1/100 EditionenGesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, BonnGroup
2009EspacementParisCONCRET, ParisSolo
2009Pour faire simpleParisCONCRET, Paris, FRGroup
2009START!Gallery Hein Elferink, StaphorstGroup
2009Kleur en Ruimte (Colour and Space)City of Gorinchem NLGroup
2008José HeerkensGallery Hein Elferink, StaphorstSolo
2008Group ShowArt Karsruhe (G) with Gallery Hein Elferink, StaphorstGroup
2007José HeerkensGallery De Vennen, Helmond Solo
2007José Heerkens and Micha RakierGallery Hein Elferink, StaphorstDuo
2006José Heerkens and Ton van KintsGallery Arti Capelli ’s-HertogenboschDuo
2006Klein WerkGallery Jan Colle, GentGroup
2006Een geïmproviseerde verzamelingGallery De Vennen HelmondGroup
2005Traces of Rhythm in ArtNew Brabant Art Foundation, BredaGroup
2004José HeerkensIntel Corporation S.A., Antwerp Belgium Solo
2004José HeerkensRadboud University NijmegenSolo
2004José Heerkens and Dirk SommerBFA Gallery, LiempdeDuo
2004Het beeld in de poëzieDe Pronkkamer, museum for modern art UdenGroup
2002CircumspectareDe Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond Solo
2002José HeerkensCommunity of Gorinchem. Solo
2002José HeerkensBFA Gallery, LiempdeSolo
2002Beneden de RivierenMuseum Jan Cunen OssGroup
2002Kunst op de werkkamersFoundation for Visual Arts AmsterdamGroup
2001José HeerkensCommunity of BoxmeerSolo
2001José Heerkens and Sjoerd BuismanMuseum Tongerlohuys RoosendaalDuo
1999José HeerkensMuseum Jan Cunen, Oss Solo
1999José HeerkensFoundation for Visual Arts AmsterdamSolo
1998Over de grens en weer terugDe Pronkkamer, museum for modern art UdenGroup