Julius Rooymans

JULIUS ROOYMANS
Schaduw van de meester
10 maart tot 15 mei

Opening hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 and by appointment.

Free admission

“As a little boy I liked to draw adventures. If the paper turned out to be too small, I would stick an extra sheet to it. And then another one. Nowadays I make film and photo installations. I dream of large projects where people can walk through the projections and images. In a sense, I’m still the little boy who makes drawings of stories that run outside the magazine.“

Julius Rooymans grew up in an artist’s nest in a village near Amsterdam. His father was a painter, mother a sculptor. He learned from his parents to never choose the easy way. If you need something for your project, you have to do it. His father regularly had to choose between buying food or linen to paint on. That is the side of art that Julius saw from an early age: self-sacrifice, enthusiasm. Put financial security and health at risk for your productions.

“I stretch the dividing line between reality and fantasy: how much friction fits in an image before the viewer becomes aware of it? Your own eyes solve my photos.“

His work caught on after the Rietveld Academy. He received assignments for international advertising agencies and magazines, made covers for Newsweek and The New York Times, did shoots from helicopters over Africa and stood on skyscrapers in America.

“Registering the photographic reality doesn’t grab me, I love compelling great stories.”

Koh Sang Wo

Koh Sang woo
21 oct – 21 jan

Wanrooij Gallery in Amsterdam presents a solo exhibition of the American-Korean visual artist Koh Sang Woo from 21 October 2022 until 21 January 2023. The exhibition Wild in Blue‘ shows a selection of colorful photographic paintings. The vivid portraits of wild animals, with human characteristics, display a prominent use of the color blue with a subtle pink hart. 

Koh Sang Woo is internationally known for both his blue tone photography as the recent ‘Blue Endangered Animals’ series in his signature style. For the series of endangered animal species, including pandas, tigers, bears and elephants, he combines photography with digital painting. The artist is inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol.

As in traditional art, the animals are portrayed frontally; to communicate with them and to grant authority. The confident expression powerfully reflects character, personality and emotions, just like with people. The portraits are characterized by bilateral symmetry and a sense of static stability and unity. As an artistic message from Koh Sang Woo, wild animals are equal to humans and deserve respect; with the longing for a harmonious society where animals and humans coexist.

Koh Sang Woo (1978) lives and works in New York and Seoul. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He double majored in Photography and Performance Art. The artist exhibits worldwide. His autonomous work has been presented at leading art fairs such as The Armory Show in New York, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Art Miami, KunstRAI in Amsterdam and SCOPE Basel, and is included in the collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Savina Museum in Korea. In 2021, the extensive and iconic oeuvre was captured in the monograph ‘Koh Sang Woo 20 Years’.

Wanrooij Gallery will also present a selection of paintings by two new Indonesian artists, Elang Sutajaya and Valdo Manullang, at the same time as the Koh Sang Woo exhibition; as part of the

gallery’s Unexpected program.

Viktor Freso

VIKTOR FRESO
28 may – 20 aug

Frešo lives and works in Czechoslovakia and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and in Prague at the Academy of Fine Arts. His work and overall approach to art is rather untypical but at the same time they reflect the situation in the society and culture. The artist creates sophisticated concepts and projects presenting them as seemingly simple closed “Pieces of art”. He is often critical in his works and expresses his contempt of the art scene itself and its processes but with a light, humorous and playful undertone.

He prefers short interval between action and reaction and conditions of quick recognition of relations between the expressing “me“ and the indication “he”. Another very typical aspect is that he publicly presents his radical and often despising opinions of the society and art scene which might irritate and provoke a discussion about what is and what is not acceptable as contemporary art or just a self-centered affect of the artist.

Leon Keer

PRESS RELEASE
Leon Keer – Forced Perspective
5 June – 28 August 2021

Opening hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 and by appointment.

Free admission

Wanrooij Gallery in Amsterdam presents a retrospective exhibition of Leon Keer from 5 June until 28 August 2021. The Dutch mixed media artist is the master of optical illusion. The solo exhibition ‘Forced Perspective’ shows a colourful selection of new paintings, sculptures, installations, anamorphic artworks and Augmented Reality (AR). The two floors of the gallery will be transformed into a surreal universe.

Leon Keer is one of the world’s leading artists in anamorphic art. By playing with perspectives he creates incredible new worlds. The artist has executed numerous 3D murals and street paintings in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In the Netherlands, he has cooperated with the Fries Museum, Museum Arnhem, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum.

The artist is inspired by pop surrealism and new technology. With the use of Augmented Reality he is able to show an extra dimension in his art. A message seems to be present. Current issues are reviewed, such as environmental concerns, social inequality and the livability of this world. The artworks reflect a fascination for old materials and a timeless longing for unspoiled beauty.

Leon Keer lives and works in Utrecht and a visual artist since 1997. His autonomous work has been presented at international art fairs such as Art Miami, Moniker Art Fair London, SCOPE Basel and SCOPE New York. In 2018, he won the Street Art Awards Benelux for best artist. The extensive and iconic oeuvre of Leon Keer is captured in a first monograph, titled ‘In Case of lost Childhood’ and released in November 2020.

Wanrooij Gallery
KNSM-laan 301 in Amsterdam

www.leonkeer.com

Artist: Leon Keer
Title: Trophy Hunting II

FRNT x WANROOIJ

STREET CULTURE PARTY
FRNT X WANROOIJ
Amsterdam, June 7 2018

Cuture Beats label FRNT and Wanrooij Gallery bridge the gap between ‘street culture’ and new generation art lovers

Amsterdam, June 7, 2018 – On June 28, FRNT and Wanrooij Gallery are hosting a special exposition revolving around ‘street culture’. The focus of the event lies on music and art within the broader dimension of street culture. Artists Buff Monster, Pieter Ceizer, Koh Sang Woo, and Fidia Faleschetti are invited to present their art and although diverse in style of work, they all represent youth and street culture. Fun fact; to make their art accessible to the new generation, all artists created a piece which is reasonably priced.

Art outside the traditional gallery
Street culture in its broadest sense, is omnipresent in our society. A movement that is represented in all aspect of culture such as fashion, music and art.

For years, Wanrooij Gallery is an influencer in the international modern artscene. Wanrooij contributed to the international success of artists like  Christian Voigt, Joseph Klibansky, Anna Tas, NOART, Mr.Brainwash and is present on world wide art fairs such as Art Wynwood, Art Miami, Art New York, Art Silicon Valley and Biënnale in Milaan.

After relocating Wanrooij Gallery to the vibrant new art district KNSM area in Amsterdam, a new chapter unfolds. In the epicentre of a new cultural district, Wanrooij is creating a space where artists can collaborate and different styles of art are presented. Wanrooij will devote more time and means to attracting the new generation young creatives who have an interest in street culture.

Amsterdam based future beats label FRNT who spots ‘hidden gems’ in different creative realms, will provide the lineup for the event. International artists like Wantigga, Robin Yerah (Live) and Colorful Soundsystem will create the perfect vibe during the evening. FRNT is dedicated to collaborate with artists in many creative fields like fashion, art and also organises FRNT events.

The artists we invited for the event represent what is going on at this moment in the scene and I would love to share that with the new generation.’

Martijn Wanrooij: ‘It’s my ambition and mission to make art available and within reach for everyone. Street culture is a global movement has influence all around us. The artists we invited for the event represent what is going on at this moment in the scene and I would love to share that with the new generation.’

Georges Kool (Director FRNT): FRNT is always on the lookout for new ways to connect our music and artists with other creative fields such as art and fashion. This collaboration gives us a unique chance to present our musical vision in an amazing setting.[/showhide]

Eventinfo

Location: Wanrooij Gallery, KNSM-laan 301, Amsterdam

Exposing Artists: Pieter Ceizer, Koh Sang Woo, Buff Monster, Fidia Faleschetti

This event is invite only

Fidia Falaschetti

NEW ARTIST
Fidia Falaschetti

Fidia grew up inspired by different subcultures, and then formed his creative skills from street art and the hip hop world.

He is an artist, designer and publisher of hundreds of notable works. Fidia currently works as a Contemporary Artist in Los Angeles, California. He is passionate about the enduring human spirit, creativity and energy.

Fidia exhibited his work all over the world, from India to the U.S.A. and from Brazil to France and Italy, highlighted by international awards.

Check out his portfolio!