Soon the first 15 Rembrandts will be shown to the public under the title "Rembrandt rises from Dutch Soil", the Expo. The place of the exposition will be announced soon. The first 9 painting are being framed these weeks.
I started this self-portrait by Rembrandt in December 2019. It’s another fascinating portrait with an extraordinary expression of pride and vulnerability. Beautiful. His shoulders and eyes are made of freshwater mussels from Waterland ditches. On his cheek, a pink shell from a North Sea beach on marl from Limburg. The collar consists of oyster shells from the Wadden area. The lips of Veluwe sand, and the hairs of bog iron, sand from Drenthe and the Veluwe. In February 2020, “Proud Rembrandt” was sold to a private collector, and it’s now hanging in a castle in the south of Limburg.
“Rembrandt rising from Dutch earth”, shown to the public for the first time at the RMBRNDT.NU exhibition 3-13 October 2019. Noreen van Holstein – the architect of the RMBRNDT.NU project – organised this special exhibition with Lalita de Goederen – Van Lamsweerde. The expert and broad-based jury - Jan Six, art dealer; Oscar van der Voorn, gallery owner GO Gallery; and Bertjan ter Braak, art journalist – selected around twenty professional artists from over 250 submissions for this surprising exhibition.
The creation of “Rembrandt rising from Dutch soil” started with the challenge of making a life-size version of my favourite self-portrait of Rembrandt using my medium. The result is the “Rembrandt Selfie”, marl, (mussel) shells, coal, polder soil and earth from various parts of the Netherlands on an oak panel of 12.7 cm by 15.5 cm, on an oak passe-partout in a wooden iPad tablet cover. Sold to a private collector in Amsterdam.