Pre-Order: Mirages by Lieven Hendriks

We are happy to announce the publication of Mirages, a new catalogue of Lieven Hendriks’s oeuvre of the past two decades. The book will be presented during the opening of the eponymous exhibition in CODA Museum in Apeldoorn on October 2nd.

Mirages  documents the work by Dutch artist Lieven Hendriks over a period of twenty years. In his paintings he gives shape to abstract concepts such as hope, comfort and desire. The manipulation of light always plays an important role in the construction of his works. The painted subjects evoke a field of tension with the historical idea of ​​painting. His paintings thus balance between temporality and eternity, between presence and absence, between truth and deceit.

The book offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s paintings with texts from Dominic van den Boogerd, Rianne Groen and an interview by Menno Vuister.

Practical Information:
Editor: Eleonoor Jap Sam
Texts: Dominic van den Boogerd, Rianne Groen, Menno Vuister
Translation: Robert van de Walle
Graphic design: Kummer & Herrman
Lithography: Marc Gijzen
Number of pages: 152
Book size: 22 x 30 cm
Binding: softcover
Language: English | Dutch
Partners: Gallery Ron Mandos, CODA Museum
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
With the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Jaap Harten Fonds

You can pre-order the book via the button below.

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ABOUT Lieven Hendriks

Lieven Hendriks takes everyday subjects in which the human touch is visible as a starting point for his work. For example, he paints nails in walls, stars and vases cut out of paper, and finger drawings on foggy windows. By using trompe l’oeil effects, his flat canvases appear as loosely stretched linens, deceiving the eyes of the viewer. In his work, Lieven Hendriks, plays a game with the nature of observation. His paintings anticipate how we look at art, how we focus our attention, and how this process is affected by surrounding circumstances. In this way, his work touches directly on the essence of painting and the value attached to it.

Creating hyperreal illusions requires mastery of one’s technique. When seeking to deceive his audience, Hendriks pulls out all the stops to make his work absolutely lifelike. Nothing is allowed to interfere with the illusion. For the artist, painting amounts first and foremost to a conscious demonstration of the highest professional skill. He uses his technical virtuosity to make the viewer think about the way we are used to look at paintings. Although his images seem to be crystal clear at first, they actually make us doubt through their ambiguity.

Lieven Hendriks (1970) studied at the HKU in Utrecht and was a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. His work is part of many renowned international collections, including Museum Voorlinden, ESMoA Los Angeles, and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.