Biographical Outline and Artistic Statement
WESSEL HUISMAN (Breda/NL, 1954) is an international established artist from The Netherlands. In 1981 he graduated with honour from the Radboud University Nijmegen – department of Economic and Social History. In 1984 he finished his study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Arnhem/NL with excellent results. Later that year he became managing director of the same Academy(ArtEZ); a position he hold until 2006. Since then he has devoted himself fulltime to his artistic career.
Tradition and craftsmanship
Wessel Huisman is famous for the light and clarity in his paintings. His way of working is part of a rich Dutch tradition. Painters like Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer(both 17th century), Vincent van Gogh(19th century) are other exponents of this typical Dutch fascination for light and space. Like his ancestors Wessel Huisman combines a unique style with a great personally developed craftsmanship.
Apart from countless exhibitions in the Netherlands since 1990, Wessel Huisman is also successful in Europe and other parts of the world. In Italy he is represented by Linea Spazio Arte Contemporanea, based in Florence. From 2007 onwards his star is also rising in Asia - with shows in among others Japan, Zuid-Korea, Vietnam, China - and in America. More often he combines these presentations with lectures and masterclasses at universities and in museums, like in 2008 in Saigon and Hanoi/Vietnam, in 2012 en 2013 in Shanghai/China. In Shanghai he is represented by Moyi Art Gallery and in Hong Kong by Asia Contemporary Art Show.
Prices and nominations
Already for many years Wessel Huisman belongs to the elite of the Dutch artists. In 2012 and 2013, and 2019 he got into the finals for Artist of the Year. In 2004 he received the Victoria Price of the city of Doetinchem for his masterplan for art in public space. In 2014 he won the ‘Premio Telethon’ for his series for the ‘Small Wonders’ exhibition in the Linea Gallery, Florence.
The participation in Biennales (Florence/Italy) and fairs, e.g. the Shanghai Art Fair for several years, gave him important international feedback on his achievements. Winning the Lorenzo Il Magnifico price of the city of Florence, granted by an international jury of art historians and museum directors in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019 were important landmarks in his international career.
Important Business Clients/Collectors
A lot of his paintings is collected by private persons all over the world. Among them are relatives of the Royal Dutch family(Prince Armin zur Lippe/Detmold/Germany), businessmen like Dirk van den Broek and engineers like Jan Dalmeijer(Arcadis). Important companies are e.g. Heineken Brewery(2014), AkzoNobel(1996) and SKF Bearings(2012). The Korean office of this originally Swedish company commissioned a work for their conference hall in Busan. The general manager of the first class Jade Garden restaurants in China bought two big works for their place in the International Financial Centre/ IFC Pudong/Shanghai(2012). For the cruise ship company Holland America Line(HAL) he made a series of paintings(2010). The Joop van den Ende Holding has a collection of paintings exhibited in his theatres in The Netherlands and Germany. The Dutch General Consulate in Düsseldorf/Germany commissioned a large painting, being a present for the German prime minister(2000). In The Netherlands several companies have collected his works in the past. Among them are NV Schade/The Hague with a collection of ten paintings, and accountancy offices like KPMG/Amsterdam. The Dutch government has bought works for their ministries. Recently he made large works in commission for among others Alliander and Veolia. Quite special is the large number of architects that favour his work. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in Germany, the US, Turkey and Italy.