Peter Koole, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Art & Language: In the late eighties words and text appeared in Peter Koole’s paintings for the first time. The last twenty years text became more and more important. He writes the text for his paintings, occasionally he uses a newspaper text.
Art & Politics: A topical event mostly starts (a text for) a painting. The paintings do not comment upon these topics and it is unclear if Koole feels any commitment.
Art & Satire: In his paintings he transforms the events far beyond the grotesque, drenched with a pessimistic humour, annoying banality and a cheerful cynicism. In spite of all this the paintings are very light, thinly painted and in a way light-hearted. The Meaning Of Life is a good laugh.
Painting & Film: Besides paint on canvas Koole uses attributes such as flags or a pair of steps, on some canvases a film is projected.

Peter Koole’s paintings are purchased by Museum Jan Cunen Oss, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam , Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (ICN) and Centraal Museum Utrecht.

Peter Koole received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture / Fonds BKVB (1995, 1996, 2003 and 2010).


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