Willem André (van Dulmen Krumpelman) 1958
Visual artist, lives and works around Falun. Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliated with © Pictoright.
Installations, sculptures, land art, drawings, prints, readymades, photos, mail-art
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Aki, Enschede, The Netherlands 1977-1983 (aki.nl/en)
Courses: Graphic design, Typography, Graphics, Photography, Environmental design, Furniture design, Mixed media. Graduated as Artist.
Method: Since he lives and works in Sweden, the end of 2012, his working method has been collecting and combining notes. He started documenting the notes in 2015. These notes contain the idea of a work to be performed. Although some notes turn out to have become works of art themselves it is uncertain whether all the notes will be converted into works of art. Partly because new things that want to be included in to “notes” are constantly present themselves. This seriously hinders the elaboration of the notes because they all constantly require his attention. That’s no problem, as long as the artworks are ‘under construction’ and nobody needs the implementation. The ideas behind the notes mostley arise from a mixture of his interests: world news, literature, nature, social media and what he finds in the garbage can or in the yard around the farm or in the forest. Everything can be usefull as a sketch for a work of art. For example, he collected householdstuff that goes to the dump. For a year or so. Shampoo bottles, fish cans, glass, eggshells, electronics, orangenets, etc. Recyclable stuff. But that became a little too much, he could no longer enter his studio and so he literally choked in his own notes.
Roots: 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. Interested in archeology he collected stones and fossils. He wanted to become a carpenter or furniture maker but that wish didn’t come about. High school became a complete disaster (ADHD and Aspergers later turned out to be a cause). Nobody in his family really knew what to do with him and at the age of 17 he left school and became a window cleaner. Drawing became more and more important and he usually drew all night, so his job as a window cleaner soon became a thing of the past. Although originally from a creative family and growing up among sculptors like Koen van Linden Tol (with whom he, age 13, often went fishing at night and who gave him ‘Fanny Hill’ to read) and Peter Knigge (who managed to turn field boulders with a few blows from a chisel into beautiful heads and who smoked pot), a creative workshop in Toon Wegner’s graphic studio in Orvelte (Netherlands) initially aroused his interest in graphics and led to him giving it a try at an Academy of Art.
Working career: His professional career is divided into different periods. Art and art, with something completely different in the middle. After his final exams he worked as an artist for about 10 years, until 1992. The reason for stopping art was the lack of allowances for, for example, exhibitions, transportation of work, etc. An obligatory contribution from the artist for publicity, invitations, snacks and drinks at openings was also the rule rather than the exception. The attitude of the galleries was that the artist should be happy that he could produce and exhibit his work. He has consistently refused to pay, so no solo exhibitions.The last exhibition he participated in was in 1995 at the Verzetsmuseum in Amsterdam, and that was only because he demanded and got a fee for participation in this exhibition. During his study and the first years after his final exams, he produced screenprints for artists, posters, car advertising stickers, etc. in his own little screen printing company, and also occasionally designed brochures, booklets and promotional material. Grants have been awarded by both the Central Government Fonds BKVB nowadays Mondriaanfonds and Provincial Governments.
Because art did not yield enough to live on, he looked for other ways to support the family. 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 first 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. Unfortunately someone ‘needed’ the characters so the artwork has been demolished.
He also encountered many artists through installing terrazzo works. For instance painter Robert Zandvliet, for whom he made a counter top and a bathroom floor, and whose enthusiasm about art during the coffee break’s in particular motivated him to start working with art again.
There was little time for art but after moving to Sweden at the end of 2012 and settling down, 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: (The archive from the period up to 1992 has largely been lost. The information regarding this period is unfortunately incomplete. If you have information that is not listed here, please let us know.)
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 (1980-1990)