José Heerkens

Born in 1950 - Netherlands


José Heerkens is a Dutch painter who has developed a very personal minimalist style, where colours and lines both have an equal and complementary importance. She lives and works in Zeeland. Heerkens studied Art of Painting at the Royal Academy for Art and Design in ’s–Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, where she graduated in 1984.

In 2011, she was artist-in-residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, CT, USA. Heerkens' paintings are oil on linen which is stretched and prepared on frames of aluminium and wood. For her works on paper, she uses acrylic and watercolor.

Searching for space is an important inspiration for José Heerkens. Continuing the ideas of minimal art and concrete art she finds her visual language by working with the reality of colour, line, paint, measure and form. Balance, concentration and intensity in the dialogue between systematic principles and a more empirical search for the interaction of colour, light and space, is a neverending research and challenge.

Heerkens' work is displayed in various museum and private collections in the Netherlands. Her work is also featured internationally in public and private collections in several European countries, Australia and the U.S.A. José Heerkens has widely exhibited in Northern and Eastern Europe as well as Australia, China and US, in various solo and group exhibitions. Her work is also present in numerous publications.

"In every painting I search for the balancing dialogue between a line and the movement of color. There is the need to zoom in on the colour and the appropriate dosage of its space, light and energy. I search for each colour and its identity. When more colours come together they start to communicate and to relate to each other. This interaction makes colours move.

Being free of matter, colour gets its form in the length and width of a line, by the touch and the physicality of paint. The line is an important means to shape and guide space, both the vertical and the horizontal lines are needed. Yet it is the horizontal line that predominates through the painting process, it pulls the image out, to the sides, towards a horizontal space. The vertical lines create the structure or framework on which the horizontals walk their own rhythm. In the complexity of the process of painting I strive for simplicity and clearness."

- José Heerkens

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Verein für Aktuele Kunst Ruhrgebiet, Oberhausen G
Van Breugel Art Projects, Utrecht
Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris. "De retour de chez Albers"
Aktuele Kunst Hengelo. Kleur, lijn maat en verf. Introduction by Cees de Boer, art historian, writer
Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort
Museum Waterland, Purmerend. Formeel 2010
Temporary Art Center, Eindhoven. Luminous, Organisation: Platform
Eindhovense Kunstenaars
ParisCONCRET, Paris. Espacement
Introduction by Marieke Wiegel, Institut Néerlandais Paris
Gallery Hein Elferink, Staphorst
Sainte Victoire concepts towards abstraction curator: Jasper van der Graaf. SAFE artist space Dalfsen
Gallery Arti Capelli ’s-Hertogenbosch. Introduction by Johannes van der Wolk, art historian. Presentation book horizon
Intel Corporation S.A., Antwerp B
Radboud University Nijmegen. Introduction by Daan van Speybroeck,
art philosopher
BFA Gallery, Liempde
De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond. Circumspectare Realisation of a triptych with composer Bart van Dongen and dancer Angela Köhnlein.
Community of Gorinchem. Introduction by Piet Augustijn, curator for modern art of the Gorcums Museum.
BFA Gallery, Liempde / Eindhoven
Museum Tongerlohuys Roosendaal. Introduction by Edwin Jacobs, curator of Museum Jan Cunen, Oss
Museum Jan Cunen, Oss. Introduction by Edwin Jacobs, curator of Museum Jan Cunen, Oss. Presentation of the book Arid Zone


Silence Out Loud, Museum Nieuw Kranenburgh Bergen, curator: Joost Zwagerman
Formal 2015 - Watercolours, Museum Waterland, Purmerend
Space as Space, Vasarely Museum, Budapest H. curator: OSAS. H.
Réalités Nouvelles à la Galerie Nationale des Beaux Arts, Beijing China.
curator: R.N. Structure FR
DOPPLER SHIFT Visual Art Center of New Jersey USA. curator: Mary
Birmingham, art historian
68e Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris FR
CONCREET NU. Zoetermeer NL. curator: Hannie van der Made
Nieuw, Nieuwer, Nieuwst #3, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
Private View by Appointment, dr julius | ap, Berlin G
DOPPLER, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn NY, USA. curator: Mel Prest
NEUE STILLE #1. Gallery Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam curator: Manuela
67e Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, FR
HYDROGRAPHY - abstract watercolors. De Vishal, Haarlem
Orthogonal, City Art Gallery Burgas, BG. curator: nonsofia
Zwart & Wit / Black & White. Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem
Stilte / Silence. KuuB Utrecht. curator: Koos van Duinen
Slow Freeze GEMAK, Den Haag. curator: Eric de Nie
The Great small Graphic Art Show. PIT (Project Initiative Tilburg)
ReSeT Museum Belvedère, Heerenveen. curator Han Steenbruggen
Slow Freeze Provinciehuis Hoord-Holland, Haarlem. curator: Eric de
Orthogonal Red House, Sofia, BG. curator: nonsofia / Georgi Dimitrov
HORIZONTAL GesellschaftfürKunstundGestaltungBonnG.
curator: Dr. S. Bermbach-Cremer
200 years Jubilee of Royal Academy of Art, -s- Hertogenbosch, Gallery
Arti CapellI. Introduction by Dr. Bram Ieven
Tot op het Bot. BKKC, Tilburg. Four artists curator: Atty Bax. Text
Sandra Spijkerman, art historican
DOPPLER STOP, curator: Mel Prest (San Francisco)
Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, NL; Kunst en Complex, Rotterdam, NL. Fluctuating Images at General Public, Berlin, G; trenutak.39, Zagreb,HR.
66e Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, FR
FutureShock OneTwo. Gallery dr. julius / ap, Berlin (G)
Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris, FR. Oeuvres sur papier et multiples
B.A.G. Brooklyn, New York, USA, A Romance of Many Dimensions
curator: Brent Hallard.
Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris FR. L' appartement d'un
65e Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris FR.
2010 - 2011
Lebt Theo? Niederländische Kunst 80 Jahre nach van Doesburgs Manifest zur konkreten Kunst" Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn. curated by: Dr. S. Cremer-Bermbach and Dr. Christoph Dahlhausen
HYDROGRAPHY. abstract watercolours. RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
Edition Box 4 of IS Projects Leiden. Works of 25 international artists SNO. IS-Projects meets Sydney Non Objective. Sydney AUS
Formeel Aquarellen, Expo 32, Edam. Under auspicies of Hollandse
Aquarellisten Kring
DUTCH CONNECTION. Gallery Hebel_121, Basel CH
64e Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris FR. catalogue
COLOR MATTERS Part 5. Kunstruimte 09, Groningen. catalogue 2010 - START. Gallery Hein Elferink, Staphorst
1/1...1/100 Editionen. Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung Bonn G
Art Karlsruhe G, with Gallery Hein Elferink, Staphorst
Pour faire simple ParisCONCRET, Paris FR
Gegenstandslos. Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn G. curator: Dr. S. Cremer-Bermbach
Art Karlsruhe G , with Gallery Hein Elferink, Staphorst 2006
Small Works. Gallery Jan Colle, Gent B
Traces of Rhythm in Art. NBKS, Breda
Het beeld in de poëzie. De Pronkkamer, Museum for contemporary art, Uden.
Beneden de Rivieren. Museum Jan Cunen Oss
Kunst op de werkkamers Project for the government by the Foundation for Visual Arts Amsterdam

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