Inspired by Rembrandt, the impressionists and European comics, Rob Niezen explores stories of contrast of colour and of light and dark. Bold narrative works are the expressive result. He views the ordinary from extraordinary angles or at extraordinary moments. In his still-life and (urban) landscape oil paintings, he seeks the drama, the exaggerated and the surprising in objects and places. His style is grounded in classic and impressionistic oil painting practice, yet influenced by European graphic novels and Dutch graphic tradition. To share his observations, Niezen views and interprets; he then isolates and emphasizes his subjects.
Rob Niezen was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and lives and works in Douro near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. As a young boy comics inspired him to draw and art became his lifelong passion. He studied art at Vrije Akademies in The Hague and Delft, the Netherlands, and at the Art School of Peterborough, Canada.
Rob’s work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.
His nightscapes show the dream world of our cities created by artificial lights. Rainy night reflections create bursts of colour, and reveal our theatrical surroundings. These paintings are a testament to the vibrancy of the city, and vary from broader contextual city views, to close-ups that render more abstract compositions, as the artificial lights create magic on small and large scale.