Erik Adriaan van der Grijn representing USA
ArteBA International Art Fair, Buenos Aires, 2000
By Jorge Glusberg (Director of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes)
Erik Adriaan van der Grijn was born in the Netherlands in 1941. He obtained his degree from the Royal College of Art in The Hague. He has lived and worked in Ireland and Belgium as well in Holland. Since 1995, van der Grijn has split his time between the United States and Argentina.
Over the years, van der Grijn art has been cherished by private collectors, museums, multinational corporations and universities in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Concrete art, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and “Hard-Edge Realism” (a category propounded by the artist himself) were incorporated into his body of work during the course of his career.
In the words of Professor Jorge Glusberg, director of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires: “… Adriaan van der Grijn’s painting becomes a dialogue between abstract form and extemporaneous colors, translating the more profound dialogue between man’s transcendency and the eternity of the universe, seen through the recurring human initiative to deprive man of its transcendency and reject the eternity of the universe, until he may resume his mere fleeting presence in the violently disturbed and unequal world he builds day after day”.
The series of painting “My Temple, My Prison”, which the artist began in 1992, may also be considered in terms of the meaning of the original Latin term “Templum” -and this applies in the word “prison”- derived from a Latin verb whose other meanings include “to see”, “to discover”, “to make oneself responsible for”. The artist has become an augur: with his brush, he delineates a space in the sky of the painting, of the canvas, -he always stresses the fact that he works with oil and canvas- to deduce and interpret the omens; hence the notion of “templum”. Van der Grijn sees, he discovers the signs of man’s actions in the world, and he makes himself responsible for them in his marvelous works”.