Tjaard grew up close to the Belgian border in the city of Breda, the Netherlands. He started drawing and painting from an early age. After secondary school, he studied Human Geography and Planning and International Development Studies at Utrecht University, beginning his career in the water sector after graduating with his Master’s in 2006.
At the moment, his main goal is not to work towards a specific style but to let the mood determine the style, colors and method. His subjects are mainly landscapes and people depicted in bright colors. Important themes include the human geographical location and maps, given his professional background in GIS. Blue grass and new American musicians help him concentrate during the creative process.
Tjaard finds inspiration in historic art movements and the individuals whose creativity shaped their time including Frantisek Kupka’s diverse painting style and the bright impressionist colors of Claude Monet.
In line with his culture’s long history of painting, Tjaard’s family has always been a fruitful source of afflatus, extending back multiple generations.
As a child, his mother’s father taught him different etching techniques. This same grandfather was a prolific oil painter and charcoal model drawing artist. Other talents in the family include many painters, sculptors, woodworkers, fashion designers, potters, writers, teachers, sound and filmmakers.
In 2008, he and his wife moved to the USA where he worked as a Planner for the State of Wisconsin. During his time in the Driftless Area, he served on the Board of the Rountree Art Gallery. The couple moved back to Chicagoland in 2011 and they currently live in Evanston, Illinois.
His work background is in Mapping, Urban Planning, Water Management and Economic Development. Next to work, he enjoys cooking, travel (especially here) and being an active Board Member of the Dutch Club Chicago.
To be announced!
Past Group Exhibitions
2019 (June – July), Voorbij de Atlas (Past The Atlas), Princenhaags Museum, Breda
2018, De Boom van Mondriaan in de tuin van oom Cent van Gogh/ The tree of Mondriaan in the garden of uncle Cent (Based on the tree Vincent van Gogh planted in the garden of his uncle Cent), Princenhaags Museum, Breda
2015 (November – January) – The Museum of Breda
Past Solo Exhibitions
2015 – Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 – Van Kemenade & Hollaers (bookstore), Breda, The Netherlands
2015 – Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk c.q. De Grote Kerk (The Big Church), Breda, The Netherlands. During an orchestra dedicated to Vincent van Gogh, called ‘Palette de van Gogh’, which included pianist Jan Vayne.
2015 (May) – “Vincents Geochromatic Pilgrimage” made it to the chosen group of 20 leading up to the final selection out of 3700 entries of the Vincent van Gogh Art Competition organized by AVROTROS, one of the main Dutch Broadcast Networks.
2015 (October) – “Vincents Geochromatic Pilgrimage” made it to the chosen group of 125 leading up to the final selection out of 4500 of the ‘Paint like van Gogh’ Art Competition organized by the Museum of Breda .
2015, Princenhaags dagblad (local newletter), Princenhage, Breda, The Netherlands
2015, Dagblad de Stem (regional newletter), Breda, The Netherlands.
2015, Nieuwsbrief Vincent van Gogh Huis Nuenen, Nuenen, The Netherlands
2015, Twitter, Vincent van Gogh Church, Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
2015, designed a Wine and Cremant logo for the Princenhaags museum for the Vincent Vincent Vincent Art Exhibition and local Wine store. This Cremant is also sold in the Van Gogh Church in Etten-Leur. (see below)