Willem André (W.A. van Dulmen Krumpelman) 1958 Oosterwolde, The Netherlands
Artist In Residence (permanent 2012-) in the middle of the lakes and woods 20km outside of Falun. Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliated with © Pictoright.
Installations, still lifes, sculptures, land art, drawings, prints, readymades, photos, mail-art
Academy of Fine Arts, Aki, Enschede, The Netherlands 1977-1983 (aki.nl/en)
Graphic design, Typography, Graphics, Photography, Environmental design, Furniture design, Mixed media. Graduated as Artist.
He collects and combines stuff into notes. These notes are the roots of a work to be performed. Some notes turn out to have become works of art themselves. Most will continue to exist in the form of a still life, his favorit style.The background behind the notes mostly arise from a mixture of what he finds in the garbage can, in the yard around the farm or in the forest. Everything can be useful as a sketch for a work of art. In the meantime, nature appears to be more and more the source of inspiration for his work, in particular the mosses that cover the stones everywhere in his living environment have become the starting point for his work. He works in silence, does not like publicity and is rarely seen at openings of exhibitions. Although he has been around, he is not a traveler and the internet is the most important source for keeping abreast of developments in the (art) world.
Born in Oosterwolde, in the province of friesland, he grew up amongst farms, forests and heathland in the countryside around Gees, in the province of drenthe, the north of the Netherlands. Always outside, roaming in woods and streams, digging underground cabins building his own little world he became interested in archeology he collected stones and fossils.
After his final exams he worked as a fulltime artist. Because art did not yield enough to live on, he looked for other ways to support the family. During the first years he produced screenprints for artists, posters, car advertising stickers, etc. in his own little screen printing studio, and also occasionally designed brochures, booklets and promotional material. Due to his interest in experimenting with colored concrete, for which he received a lot of attention in the press, Willem van Ast from ARCO furniture factory came to visit and commissioned him to develop applications in concrete for the base of their tables ‘Balance’ and ‘Diabolo’. He also asked him to investigate whether the existing table base made of terrazzo could be improved. One thing led to another and during the following years he ran a small artisan company in concrete and terrazzo products.
One of his major ‘terrazzo’ assignments was the doorstep of former concrete plant ‘Betonmortelfabriek BEFU’ in Utrecht.
He constructed concrete and terrazzo work for artists, including an assignment for a big mosaic for Niko de Wit.
Part of a memorial to Martinus Nijhoff in the Oranjepark in Goirle, the Netherlands.
After moving to Sweden at the end of 2012 he renovated an old barn, turned it into a studio and resumed his artistic activities.
Cultural activities/board positions, (under development)
Chairman (and founder) Stichting voor Kunst en Ateliers, Foundation for Art and Studios in Enschede,1984-1989. Manage artists’ studios and organize exhibitions.
Board member, (secretary 1985-1986) Foundation Ateliers ‘De Werkhaven’ Enschede. Manage artists’ studios. http://www.ateliersdewerkhaven.nl/
Board member 1987(and treasurer 1989-1991)1992, Dutch Society of Sculptors, Amsterdam https://nkvb.nl
Exhibitions (Among others, the artist’s archive has largely been lost):
1981 Amsterdam, Gallery ‘Studio P’; 1983 Apeldoorn, Gallery Centraal Beheer ; 1984 Sleen, Gallery ‘De Deel’ ; 1984 Overijssel, ‘Buiten het Kader’
1984 Borne, ‘Kunst uit Overijssel’ ; 1985 Hengelo (O), Gallery ‘Plat/Vorm’ ; 1985 Assen, Gallery ‘De Kolk’ ; 1985 Arnhem, Gallery ‘De Muyl’
1987 Enschede, Gallery ‘De Bank’ ; 1988 Tilburg, Gallery ‘Schouwburg’ ; 1989 Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe rijksmuseumtwenthe.nl
1989 Borne, Gallery ‘Het Klopjeshuis’ ; 1990 Scheveningen, Gallery ‘Beeldwerk’ ; 1990 Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum stedelijkmuseum.nl
1991 Baarn, Groeneveld Castle ; 1991 Scheveningen, North Sea gallery ; 1993 Bergschenhoek, Gallery ‘Artihove’
1995 Amsterdam, Verzetsmuseum verzetsmuseum.nl
Mail-art has been exhibited around the world.
He has published booklets with his own work but alsoinvited other artists.