biography Gerard Hendriks

born: 1947, Eindhoven
category: paintings, reproductions
quantity of artworks at Kunstgalerie Oog voor Natuur: 14

Gerard Hendriks wanted to become an artist at the age of ten. "From the very moment that I could hold a pencil, I started to draw. After a while I also began to use the brush and I have never stopped painting since." He would have loved to go to the academy of arts, but his parents refused to let him go. „Through the years, I have taught myself all the techniques, from abstract to figurative and combinations of both.”
Sport, dancing, music and still-lives are themes that Hendriks has painted for years. Nowadays it is wildlife that inspires him. "For years I have made realistic paintings of still-lives and animals, however, after a while this way of painting became less and less satisfactory. Everything was there, true to reality, but to my mind the painting lacked something. I could not put my heart into my work and the results did not surprise me anymore.”
Hendriks decided to start working in a "less strict and more relaxed” way. "I really enjoy the free and more abstract style, because I can put my heart into it. Birds and other animals remain recognisable, but the colour does not have to be necessarily realistic.”
The artist puts his subjects down in a flashing and colourful way in watercolour paint, often in combination with pastels and other materials. "The way I use the paint, makes it a regular surprise as to how it will look in the end. I also feel free to scratch, to scour, to splash, to paste and to use other materials. Only the artistic end-result counts. It is my intention that the spectator is involved in giving his or her own meaning to the painting. For me it's an exciting adventure, a kind of safari from behind the easel.”
In 2006, Hendriks, who has already successfully exhibited his works for years in various galleries and museums, had his first extensive wildlife art show at gallery Smith in Style in Opheusden. In that same year, he became a member of the Aquarel Institute of Belgium.

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