Abstraction

Medieval scenes subject to iconography, to be read if one recognises the cryptic information, which is quite abstract

Reading between the lines

Suspense

Gazing into the dark can evoke more images than a busy day at the market

Pitch black

Sometimes an abstract image contains more figuration than a figurative image

Vandalism

A few scratches on a metal object can tell a compelling story.

For me, figuration is the story the image evokes in the viewer. This need not be the literal, physical representation.

As a child, I had an autistic obsession with Subway Art. I could lie awake all night wondering: why did PJay turn off the lights in the tunnel? Multiple scenarios passed the Revu…

Figuration

Diego Velazquez and details, zoom in and zoom out

My subjects are like crash test dummies, they are subjected to a series of technical actions. The residue of these produces the final image. Sometimes that image is immediately recognisable as a figurative representation, sometimes the viewer has to appeal to their own associative brain. Simply because parts of the image are missing

I determine the figurative handles, but I have no control over the process. Because I scrape with knives, throw puddles of paint and dance barefoot over my watercolours

As subjects I use cliche, kitschy ones as a starting point

Preferably animals

Animals because people fall short in this imagery.

But a campfire or a mountain landscape also suffices

As long as it can be translated into the world of paint

Sharks, Octopuses, Elephants and Dogs. A certain type of dog. The drippy types, still lurking in their sleep with 1 eye open

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Simon Schrikker (Utrecht 1973) is a painter, muralist and sculptor that lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Minerva art academy, Groningen, the Royal Academy of Art in Gent (Belgium) and got his MFA at the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede.

The works of Simon Schrikker are a battle between form and content, between painted matter and painted image. His subjects have an apparent simplicity: he paints stray dogs, sharks, squids and recently rocky seascapes. But these images are not illustrations from a book on animal life or nature. For one thing, the images seem to struggle to emerge from the paint. In this sense, these paintings clearly identify themselves as paintings. The medium is part of the message. And since the animals that Simon paints are associated with several degrees of danger and fear, there is also a certain aggression in his images. This aggression returns in the painterly way the surface is treated. As a result of this dialectic, Simon’s work flirts with expressive abstraction: the images arise from matter but immediately seem to disappear into it again, leaving the audience to unravel what it is they are looking at. This dialectic is the engine that propels Simon’s work: what moves on the canvas is, ultimately, a painterly gesture.

Recently his working field extended from exclusively oil paintings on canvas to watercolor, sculptures and murals.

Schrikkers work can be found both in private and corporate collections in the Netherlands and abroad.

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18x32 cm, oil on canvas, 2014
Pulpo # 65: 18x32 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam 2024
(P)REVIEW! group show: Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam 2024

2024
Painting in AI generated enviroment: 2024

bronze, 2024
Dog portrait, ±65x40x40 cm: bronze, 2024

polyester, color resin and wax
Octopus, ±60x35x35 cm, 2022: polyester, color resin and wax


Detail 'Rather Nosy' 

Ruby Soho Gallery Den Bosch 2023
'Animal Kingdom', group show: Ruby Soho Gallery Den Bosch 2023


 

acrylic on mixed media, 2023
Sleeping Beauty, 54x76 cm: acrylic on mixed media, 2023

spraypaint, polyester, 2023
Octopus, ±40,36x36 cm, Aluminium: spraypaint, polyester, 2023

spray paint, polyester, wood, 2023
Bullet Head, 56x42x42 cm, aluminium: spray paint, polyester, wood, 2023

60x40 cm, 2023
Droopy eyes, acrylic on canvas: 60x40 cm, 2023

bronze, gold & patina, 2023
Crooked Teeth, ±20x22x22 cm: bronze, gold & patina, 2023

50x35 cm, 2023
Pink Moon Bully, acrylic on canvas: 50x35 cm, 2023

Galerie Larik, Utrecht 2023
Liars, Diamonds & Dogs, group show: Galerie Larik, Utrecht 2023


 

published by Stickit, Utrecht 2022
'Constructive Optimism', fanzine: published by Stickit, Utrecht 2022


edition of 100, 40 pages 


 

metal powder & ferric chloric 2022
wax, polyester, color resin, : metal powder & ferric chloric 2022

2021 Collection Drents Museum
Octopus, bronze ±50x15x15 cm: 2021 Collection Drents Museum

2e Blekerhof, Rotterdam, 2021
'Octozilla', spray paint & acrylics: 2e Blekerhof, Rotterdam, 2021

32x62 cm, 2021
Octopus, oil on canvas (sold): 32x62 cm, 2021

publishers 2020
'Octomania' colab with stickit: publishers 2020

Drents Museum Assen, 2020
Hollow Eyes, acrylic on wall, ±6x4m: Drents Museum Assen, 2020


Hollow Eyes, sketch 2020 

collection Drents Museum, Assen
watercolor sketchbook 2020: collection Drents Museum, Assen

funded by CBK Rotterdam
studio, mural 2020: funded by CBK Rotterdam

2020 Private collection
Octo, oil paint on a stool±18x32 cm: 2020 Private collection


 


 


studio details 2020 


 


El Pulpo, Oil on iron wire, 2019 

(both sold)
oils, studio 2019: (both sold)


aquarelle, studio 2019 

2019
'Farallones' publication by Stickit: 2019


studio 2018 

@ Gas Contemporary, Morecambe UK
Hack Morecambe 2018: @ Gas Contemporary, Morecambe UK

on mural 2018
Framed watercolor (50x60cm): on mural 2018

©️Linda Kaiser Fotografie 2018
Mural,±3,5x8 meter Phk18, Rotterdam: ©️Linda Kaiser Fotografie 2018

paper, 50x60 cm, 2018
"Seeing Things", watercolor on : paper, 50x60 cm, 2018

United Kingdom 2018
'Hack Morecambe', Gas Contemporary: United Kingdom 2018


studio 2018 

20x30 cm, Drents Museum
'Bullies' watercolor on paper, 2017: 20x30 cm, Drents Museum

Diepenveen 2017
Assignment for Qoncept Designers: Diepenveen 2017

Booth Livingstone Gallery
Art the Hague 2015: Booth Livingstone Gallery

2014 (sold)
n.t, oil on linnen, 170x240 cm : 2014 (sold)

80x 18x24 cm, oil on canvas 2014
animation project 'Pulpo': 80x 18x24 cm, oil on canvas 2014

still from animation
Pulpo (#53), oil on canvas, 18x30cm: still from animation

fotografie Twan de Veer
'Uit de Hand', uitgave van VUURROOD: fotografie Twan de Veer

30x40 cm, 2013
n.t (great white) oil on canvas: 30x40 cm, 2013

ababa, rotterdam 2013
mural, acrylic & spraypaint±4,5x3 m: ababa, rotterdam 2013


studio 2013 

project by henny overbeek 2013
my entry for 'the books happen': project by henny overbeek 2013

NEST the Hague 2013
'Badly Natured' group show: NEST the Hague 2013

30x40 cm, 2012 (sold)
the Great White, oil on canvas: 30x40 cm, 2012 (sold)

24x30 cm, 2012 (sold)
the Great White, oil on canvas: 24x30 cm, 2012 (sold)

±2x8 meter, acrylic & spraypaint
mural@art warehouse rotterdam 2013: ±2x8 meter, acrylic & spraypaint

studio 2012
2x 24x18 cm, oil on canvas (sold): studio 2012

(sold)
detail painting, 2012: (sold)

(190x240 cm, acrylic on canvas)
studio 2012: (190x240 cm, acrylic on canvas)

published by WBOOKS/Drents Museum
SCREECH, cataloge, september 2012: published by WBOOKS/Drents Museum

2x30x40 cm, 2012 (sold)
the Great White, oil on canvas: 2x30x40 cm, 2012 (sold)

studio 2012 (all sold)
Ὀκτάπους', small oil paintings: studio 2012 (all sold)

50x60 cm, 2011 (sold)
the Great White, oil on canvas: 50x60 cm, 2011 (sold)


studio 2012 


 


studio 2011 (sold) 


studio 2011 (sold) 


studio 2010 


studio 2010 

(sold)
oil on canvas,190x240 cm, 2010 sold: (sold)

(collection Drents museum)
oil on canvas,190x210 cm,2010: (collection Drents museum)

2010
SCREECH,oil,190x240 cm, 2010: 2010

group show
Cacao Fabriek, Helmond, 2010: group show 'Expanding Capacities..'

mixed media, 9x18x24, 2010
'Friendly Fire': mixed media, 9x18x24, 2010


Hudson Museum, 2009, group show: 'Importancy of the Unimportant'

show curated by Henny Overbeek
Fabriek Eindhoven, 2009, group show: show curated by Henny Overbeek

Groupshow with a.o Hans van der Ham
Foto Museum, Rotterdam 2009: Groupshow with a.o Hans van der Ham

with Henny Overbeek/Boris Tellegen
ALICE Gallery, Brussels 2008: with Henny Overbeek/Boris Tellegen

with Henny Overbeek/Boris Tellegen
ALICE Gallery, Brussels 2008: with Henny Overbeek/Boris Tellegen

Dick de Bruijn Gallery, Middelburg
solo exhibition, 2008: Dick de Bruijn Gallery, Middelburg


mural, De Overslag, Eindhoven, 2008 

Group Show
mural, ± 6x10 m, TENT, Rotterdam, : Group Show 'Mooi van Ver' 2007