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Demiak

Born in 1967 - Netherlands

BIOGRAPHY

Demiak is the pseudonym of Maarten Demmink. From his early to his most recent artworks, his art oscillates from heavenly to post-apocalyptic pictures or objects in different mediums: paintings, mural wood sculptures, mixed media and staged photographs.

Demiak works in series. In “Dreamland” (2002-2008), he paints with vivid details weightlessness landscapes - transposed in blue skies - that defy laws of nature. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 inspired him docufiction photographs called “The Deepwater horizon”.

In the “Big Blow” series, he depicts the aftermath of great climate imbalances, like the Lisbon earthquake in 1755, the great Mississippi Flood in 1927, the Hurricane Katrina in 2005… These flood paintings look like aged and damaged photographs. By the use of small-size formats to avoid sensationalism, Demiak offers a representation of devastated cities in a more intimate way. As if they were historical relics or memento mori on a global scale that suggest the hidden beauty in chaos.

Influenced by Old Masters like Piero della Francesca, Hieronymus Bosch and Leonardo da Vinci, he revisits the genres of landscape and historical painting in the light of contemporary concerns about environmentalism. Demiak's powerful vedute offer a fascinating reflection about the excess of nature and industry.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
"Deepwater Horizon", Galerie Kappur, Tilburg
"The Big Blow", Redbud Gallery, Houston (TX)
2010
Royal Dutch Shell headquarters, The Hague
2008
"Dreamland", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2006
"Artist Of The Month", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2005
"Paradise Regained", Pulchri Studio, Den Haag


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Rotterdam Contemporary, Suzanne Biederberg Gallery
"Sanctuary" (duo-show with Jarik Jongman), Suzanne Biederberg Gallery,
Amsterdam
"Art & Space", curated by Rainer Bullhorst, Pulchri Studio, The Hague
Museum Thijnhof, Coevorden
Galerie Windkracht 13, Den Helder
"Curated by Hans van der Ham", Galerie Helder, The Hague
2014
WTC Gallery, The Hague
Art the Hague, WTC Gallery
2013
"Trouble the Water", Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids (IA)
"ZomerExpo", Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
2012
"Dutch Invasion Houston", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2011
"Dutch Invasion", Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston (TX)
"Dutch Invasion", Williams Tower Gallery, Houston (TX)
Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam
2010
"Members exhibition", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2009
Study-tour, Malaysia
"Brushwork Odyssey in Malaysia", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2008
Euroborg, Groningen
Glasstec Art Fair, Düsseldorf
2007
Houses of Art, Marbella
Art Moscow
2006
"Pulchri < 40", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2005
"Hommage aan Hans van der Lek", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
Klein, DZD art, Roermond
2004
II?Mostri, Airole
"Pulchri Anders 4", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2003
"3 Nieuwe Leden", Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2002
Flora Holland, Naaldwijk
Museumnacht Rotterdam, Galerie Maas
"De Stand Van Zaken", Stroom HCBK, The Hague
2001
Galerie Rols, Laren NH
Galerie Arti Forum, Voorburg
2000
Holland Art Fair, Plusgaleries, The Hague
"Het Laatste Oranjemaal", DS Contemporary, The Hague
"Power Painters", Galerie Arti Forum, Voorburg
1999
"Hedendaagse Glaskunst", Glasatelier Oud-Rijswijk, Zoetermeer
Rembrandt 2000, The Hague
1998
"Demiak & Tjebbe", Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
1997
"Koe & Kunst", Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
1995
KunstRAI, BKVB Foundation, Amsterdam
1994
Galerie Arti-Shock, Rijswijk ZH
Kunsthal, Galeries ‘94, Rotterdam
Galerie Tudelu, Rotterdam
1993
Galerie Arti-Shock, Rijswijk ZH
Galerie Braler, The Hague
1992
"Debuut II", Pulchri Studio, The Hague

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