Biography

Daan van Doorn is a Dutch artist who loves to paint flowers and portraits. He lives and works with his wife Ineke Schoonheyt at the estate Ter Hooghe, in the Dutch town of Middelburg, Zeeland. To create his vibrant, contemporary flower paintings, the couple grow their own rare tulips. Or try to do that, as their dog Henkie really likes to dig up the garden. Van Doorn works as an autonomous artist, but also accepts work on commission.

Commissioned work

Members of the Dutch royal family: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Prime Minister Balkenende of the Netherlands. Musicians and composers such as Philip Glass, Joshua Redman, Courtney Pine, Reinbert de Leeuw. Hans D. Melchers owner of Museum MORE. Board members of KLM and Schiphol Airport. Dutch artists Freek de Jonge, Youp van 't Hek and many family portraits.

Timeline

2018
Groninger Museum , Freek & Hella de Jonge " Het Volle Leven "
Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum, Domburg
Chelsea Flower Show, UK
PAN Amsterdam
Portrait commission H.D. Melchers, Museum MORE

2017
PAN Amsterdam
AAF Battersea, London
Chelsea Flower Show

2016
AAF Battersea & AAF Hampstead, London
KunstRai, Amsterdam

2014
Amstel Hotel
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
National Portrait Gallery, London

2013
National Portrait Gallery, London
Aberdeen Art Gallery
TEFAF, Maastricht
Realisme, Amsterdam

2012
TEFAF, Maastricht

2011
National Portrait Gallery, London
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Letterkundig Museum, Den Haag

2010
Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle

1993-2009
Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
The Sharjah Art Museum, Dubai
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Daan van Doorn (16-03-1958) is a Dutch painter who has received international recognition for his works of art. He has made a name for himself by painting portraits of families and celebrities. His work was commissioned by members of parliament and the Dutch Royal Family. In 2011 and 2013 Van Doorn was selected for the BP Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His works were exhibited at The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Sharjah Art Museum in Dubai and Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle.

Daan lives and works with his wife Ineke Schoonheyt at the Dutch estate Ter Hooge in Middelburg, which dates back to the 13th century. There’s a castle from the 17th century and an English landscape garden. With winding pathways, ponds and fields where tiny orchids grow. Van Doorn and Schoonheyt live in a farmhouse at the edge of the estate. Since moving to the countryside in Zeeland, Van Doorn is enchanted by Zeeland's light and beautiful nature. A province of islands, beaches and sunshine which influenced artists like Jan Toorop and Piet Mondriaan.

Van Doorn's large-scale botanical paintings are inspired by Dutch flower still lifes from the 17th century. In this era the town of Middelburg hosted a number of famous flower painters like Christoffel van den Berghe, Balthasar van der Ast, Johannes Goedaert and Adriaen Coorte. Teams of botanists and gardeners worked together with artists to create spectacular flower still life paintings. These became a thorough obsession in the Dutch Golden Age, together with collecting tulips. Flower bulbs of rare striped and raffled tulips were large-scale investments. What fascinates Van Doorn is the fact that the stripes and raffles are mutations, deviations. Investors who acquired bulbs had to wait and see which tulip appeared. Letting nature unfold itself, cooperating with the natural course of things: these philosophies are mirrored in the drippings of Van Doorns heavily diluted oil paint. It’s a mixture of craft and control plus an almost meditative process of release, letting go.

Flowers, unadorned. No vase, no background. Some have exquisite details, others are merely suggested. There are flower buds and wilted petals, depicted in natural pigments and soft earth tones. It’s the passing of time, captured by Daan’s charcoal drawings and translucent oil paint swirls. The temporary, timeless beauty of flowers.