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Bas van den Hurk

°1965, Tilburg (NL) – lives and works in Tilburg (NL)

Bas van den Hurk’s process-based practice explored the boundaries of painting. His works relate strongly to art history – to specific viewing points and ways of expressing characteristic to early twentieth century modernism. In modernism, different visions and styles remain strictly separate - minimalism, abstract expressionsim, pop art. In van den Hurk’s practice, the distinctions between these modernist art movements fade away.

Characteristic for van den Hurk’s intuitive way of painting is a multilingualism, uniting a multitude of modernist languages, styles and techniques. His most recent works for example combine abstract expressionist gestures in oil paint with pop-like patterns, printed on wrinkled silk.

To Van den Hurk, collaborating with others is important. This collaborative character of van den Hurk’s practice is another link to early modernism. He shares modernist’s utopian ideal that art is not something made in a vacuum, but is always part of the life we’re living. That’s why Bas van den Hurk often collaborates on projects like clothing or architectural designs.

Since collaborations are central to Bas van den Hurk’s practice, his solo exhibitions often evolve into duo or even group shows. He’s had solo and duo exhibitions at – among others – La Brea Studio, Los Angeles; Hopstreet, Brussels; Jerome Pauchant, Paris; RH Contemporary, New York; Ginerva Gambino, Cologne; Metafora, Barcelona; and P///AKT, Amsterdam.
His work was part of group shows around the world, including at Berthold Pott, Cologne; Middlemarch, Brussels; Autocenter, Berlin; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Extra-City, Antwerp; The Neutra Museum, Los Angeles; VM Gallery, Karachi; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Bas van den Hurk is represented by the following gallery; 

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Rod Barton, London 

 You can also see more of Bas van den Hurk’s work on his own website.