Pepijn vd Nieuwendijk

(ENG) Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, born in 1970, lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. Van den Nieuwendijk’s work concerns three-dimensional objects and oil paintings. His illusionary world is inhabited by all kinds of cross breeds and grotesque forms. Face to face with the multi-faceted paintings, the viewer is constantly pushed into a different direction only to be left puzzled en bewildered about what’s happening. In the satirical world Van den Nieuwendijk creates, illusion is ...read more
2008 Mar 19 - May 27
salon-printemps
2006 Apr 22 - Jun 24
Pop Surrealist Paintings
(ENG) Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, born in 1970, lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. Van den Nieuwendijk’s work concerns three-dimensional objects and oil paintings. His illusionary world is inhabited by all kinds of cross breeds and grotesque forms. Face to face with the multi-faceted paintings, the viewer is constantly pushed into a different direction only to be left puzzled en bewildered about what’s happening. In the satirical world Van den Nieuwendijk creates, illusion is omnipresent: absurdistic subjects turn out to be very serious, while grave issues are treated as comic themes.

The characters that sprout from Van den Nieuwendijk’s fantasy are like freaks in a circus act, like actors of an illusion, creeps from the cellar. An unexpected depth derives from the awkward situations they run into.

There is a clear link between his art and contemporary pop surrealism and lowbrow art represented by such artists as Dave Cooper, Mark Ryden and Todd Schorr. His inspiration largely comes from vanity artists like José Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera, seventeenth century Spanish Baroque painters as well as old devotional pictures and illustrated magazines.
As an Artoonist Pepijn Van den Nieuwendijk designed the sculpture Homage to Marten Toonder for the city of Rotterdam in 2002.