About the artist
Herman Gordijn was born in 1932 in The Hague.
Herman Gordijn's work occupies a unique position in Dutch modern art. One of the characteristic features of his work is that it leaves a lasting impression and is nog easily forgotten. However, the startling effect he creates isn't so much due to the image itself but to the considered and balanced use of composition, rhythm, colour, light and shade, the use of paint and the brushwork.
In fact, it's this use of an abstract language which gives his paintings their eloquence and expression. This holds true not only for these paintings and commissioned portraits but also for the drawings, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs.
Gordijn studied at the Royal academy of Arts in The Hague from 1949 until 1954.
He was a teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1969 until 1987.
He lives in Montpellier France but travels to Amsterdam to work there from time to time.