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H.M. Queen Beatrix of Holland

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H.M. Queen Beatrix of Holland  ( detail )

H.M. Queen Beatrix of Holland ( detail )
Harry Mulisch ( Dutch writer )

Harry Mulisch ( Dutch writer )
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The Dutch contemporary realist painter Rene Tweehuysen was born in Utrecht in 1957. Since 1999 the artist and his family have lived in the northernmost part of Holland near the sea in the Frisian village of Oude Bildtzijl. From a very young age he knew he wanted to be a painter. After studying at ARTIBUS in Utrecht he started painting people in a stylised setting and the Tweehuysian style slowly develops. Over a period of three years, he intensively studied 16th and 17th century painters manuscripts. In 1994 Tweehuysen exhibited a series of portraits for the first time in galerie Mokum in Amsterdam. This was all free-style work. Since that time not a lot has changed except for the fact that his subjects now commission his work. In 1995 he painted the Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, and for a commissioned portrait for Rockanje town hall, Rene Tweehuysen visited in 1998 Queen Beatrix of Holland at Huis ten Bosch in Den Haag.
Introduction   1957 Born in Utrecht – Netherlands  
1978 – 1983 University of the Arts Utrecht (Lectures of Peter Bol, Peter van der Locht and Marc Ruygrok)  
1984 – 1998 Lives and works in Utrecht  
1984 – 1989 Abstract period  
Since 1990 Development towards figuration.  
1992 Joining The Portrait Shop Haarlem  
1990 – 1992 Studied 16th and 17th century painter's manuscripts in Amsterdam  
2005 Exhibition at The Royal Society Of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London  
2016 Joining drawing society ‘Tsien’  
2018 BP Portrait Award exhibiton, National Portrait Gallery, London  
Since 1999 Lives and works in Oude Bildtzijl ( province Friesland – Netherlands)
Education   University of the Arts Utrecht
Selected Commissions   1995 Portrait of Harry Mulisch, collection De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam  
1997 Portrait of Adelheid Roosen and Leonie Jansen, commisioned by The Portrait Shop Haarlem  
1998 Portrait of H.M. Queen Beatrix, commissioned by Rockanje town hall  
2001 Portrait of Prof. H.J. Huisjes, commissioned by de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen  
2001 Portrait of Paul Witteman, commisioned by The Portrait Shop Haarlem  
2002 Portrait of Hans Möller ( board of directors ) collection Friesland Zorgverzekeraar  
2003 3 landscapes of Terschelling, collection Maritieme Academie Harlingen  
2005 Portrait of Simon Vinkenoog, commisioned by The Portrait Shop Haarlem  
2006 Portrait of Philharmonie Haarlem violinist Dick de Graaff  
2008 Portrait of actress Antoinette Jelgersma  
2009 Portrait of Boudewijn de Groot (Singer - songwriter), collection Philharmonie, Haarlem  
2009 Portrait of daughter Mara, commissioned by the Mead Johnson Art collection in Chicago.  
2011 Portrait of Prof. dr. Douwe J. van Houten, collection Universiteit voor  
2014 Portrait of sculptress Karianne Krabbendam  
2016 Portrait of Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, General b.d. Alexander Schnitger. Commissioned by Fokker, Hall of fame Royal Air Force
Group Exhibitions   2019  
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (BP Portrait Award 2018)  
- National Portrait Gallery, London (BP Portrait Award 2018)  
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery (BP Portrait Award 2018)  
- Galerie ZoFier Workum, ‘Fryslân Finest’ LF 2018  
- Galerie van Strien Nieuw-Amsterdam, 'Zeeën en Kusten'  
- Galerie het Gemaal Echten  
- Galerie de Westerkade Leeuwarden, ‘Het Friese Landschap’  
- Museum Møhlmann, 20e ORT  
- Galerie Annee Haarlem  
- Gallery Lauswolt Olterterp, winter exhibition  
- Drents Schildergenootschap Assen, 'Burgundy Life'  
- Museum Møhlmann, 19e ORT  
- Galerie Den Andel, Herfst Expositie  
- Fabriek Ried  
- Museum Møhlmann Appingedam, Stapel op vee  
- Galerie Paterswolde, ‘Allemaal beestjes’  
- Galerie Annee Haarlem  
- Galerie Paterswolde, miniature exhibition 'from stamp to card'  
- Galerie Paterswolde, ‘Industrialization’  
- Oude Ursulakerk Warmenhuizen, summer  
- Tribute to Alma Tadema Dronrijp  
- Atelierroute Slikwerk 9 en 10 juli  
- Galerie Noordvleugel Veenklooster, jubileumexpositie  
- Slot Zeist, 'Heel Nederland de lucht in'  
- Chikabee Art-Galleries De Haan België  
- Galerie Den Andel, ’De Klassieke Salon’  
- Galerie Lauswolt Olterterp, voorjaars-expositie
Artist's Statement   Beside painting portraits with solid backgrounds it’s a challenge to creating something that is more than just a portrait. For example by placing the model in front of interiors with windows and landscapes with cloudy skies. That makes a portrait more exciting. The strong interaction between model and background gives his portraits a somewhat magical effect.  
Rene Tweehuysen uses classical painting techniques of the Dutch, Flemish and Italian portrait painters. These techniques are still relevant today. Building up the paint in a series of layers results in a rich surface appearance that creates a painting with depth. A natural softness is achieved through the use of delicate colours, contrast and contours.

Statement      I will paint from my own photographs and the photo sessions are often in the client’s surroundings. An initial brainstorm with the client will give an idea what the painting has to depict. After this meeting a creative proces of sketching will develop the final concept sketch for the client. Depending on how busy I am and complexity of the painting it will take 3 to 6 months to finish. Every painting is different and although I try as hard as I can it is not always possible to guarantee strickt deadlines.  
Portraits are delivered unframed but I’am happy to offer advice.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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