Robert Zandvliet
Recent Paintings

March 25 – May 15, 2004
at Peter Blum SoHo

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition, Robert Zandvliet: Recent Paintings.

Born in 1970 in Terband, Holland, Robert Zandvliet has been instantly recognized in Europe as one of the more talented and innovative painters of his generation. His paintings focus on the landscape. Zandvliet said in a recent interview that he decided to use landscape imagery partially because it was open territory. Landscape introduces for Zandvliet the possibility to use looser forms, more open and more varied. It is an old subject with a long tradition, especially in the artist's native Holland and Zandlviet situates himself in the tradition of his predecessors, expanding the concept to a contemporary and free painterly act.

Zandvliet's work is expressive in gesture and processual in character. The artist is bold in his use of color; his brushstrokes are highly charged. The result transcends the idea of the landscape.

Robert Zandvliet has been exhibiting in Europe since 1994. His work was featured in group shows held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Booijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam between 1996 and 1998. His one-person shows include his 1997 exhibition at the prestigious De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In 2000 a survey of Zandvliet's paintings was held at the Musées de Strasbourg, France.  Zandvliet's one person exhibition, "Brushwood" was held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2001.

A major survey of Zandvliet's work will be held at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn in 2005.

This is the second one-person exhibition by Robert Zandvliet at the Peter Blum Gallery.  The first show was held in 2000.