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Karl de Vroomen

Karl de Vroomen
1982

Karl de Vroomen's paintings explore the significance and meaning that can be found within the apparently innocuous or trivial. He is intrigued by the peripheral or marginal sites that exist between nature and culture, countryside and city, and his paintings document observed fact while responding to the poetry of these places.

Reverie of nature locates the artist’s practice within the tradition of romanticism. de Vroomen takes inspiration from evidence of man’s interventions and the cycle of decay and renewal within the environment.

In much of de Vroomen’s work important events seem poised to occur and an atmosphere of disquiet or suspense pervades. It is this sense of theatre and strangeness that guides his choice of imagery; creating paintings that have a specific resonance and mood that is difficult to describe; paintings that offer an equivalent for the unexpected beauty found in these disregarded landscapes.

Karl de Vroomen was born in 1982 in London and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. He graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 with an MA in Fine Art (with distinction), following the completion of a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Paiting at the University of Brighton in 2006.

Upon graduating de Vroomen was awarded the Hole Editions Postgraduate Print Award and in 2010 was awarded a residency at Newcastle University. Also in 2010 Karl de Vroomen was selected by Saatchi’s Associate Director, Rebecca Wilson for inclusion in the Saatchi Online exhibition, Northern Stars, at the A Foundation in Liverpool. He has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture at the British School of Rome, and has been included in art fairs and exhibitions in London, New York, Manchester, Brighton and Newcastle upon Tyne. Karl de Vroomen was also shortlisted for the 2011 Valerie Sykes Prize with New Lights, the prize, along with an image of one of Karl de Vroomen's paintings, was featured in The Independent newspaper.

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Karl de Vroomen
1982

Education

2009 MA Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2006 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Brighton, Brighton
2001 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Wimbledon School of Art, London
 

Solo Exhibitions

2011 This is the First Thing, Opus Fine Art, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
2009 New Work, Keighley Arts Factory, Keighley
2008 New Work, Long Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 New Work, Spitz Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2011 Summer Exhibition, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2011 nine, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 The Art of Christmas, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Fresh Cream, Opus Fine Art, London
2010 Summer Exhibition, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Fresh Cream 2, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Saatchi Online: Northern Stars, The Blade Factory, A Foundation, Liverpool
2009 The Gift of Culture, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2009 Fresh Cream, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2009 Summer Exhibition, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 Interim MA Fine Art Show, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 MA & Other Postgraduates Contemporary Art Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2007 Fabric to Dye For, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
2007 Graduate Degree Show, Brighton University, Brighton
2006 Salon 07, Seven Seven Gallery, London
2005 Black Market, The Municipal Market, Brighton

Awards

2011 The Valerie Sykes Prize (shortlisted)
2011 ArtWorks Open (shortlisted)
2009 Hole Editions Publishing Award

Art Fairs

2012 London Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, London
2011 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Basel
2011 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, New York
2010 NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Gateshead
2010 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, New York
2009 NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Gateshead
2009 Buy Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Manchester

Collections

The Berkeley Hotel, London

Residencies

2010 Graduate Fellow, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 Wooda Arts Residency, Crackington Haven, Cornwall
 

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Related Exhibitions

London Art Fair

Summer Exhibition

Karl de Vroomen: This Is The First Thing

nine: An Exhibition of New Work by Nine Contemporary Artists

SCOPE New York

Fresh Cream

NewcastleGateshead Art Fair

Summer Exhibition

SCOPE New York

Summer Exhibition

Nature in Beauty

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