by Rob Niezen
May 9th – May 27th
Marionettes have traditionally been used to tell stories of the human condition. They play in stories of morality in all honesty and rawness; about life and death, love and hate, deception and intrigue, happiness and sorrow. Without any sugar coating marionettes serve as the mirror of human existence.
Rob Niezen paints narratives in which marionettes struggle between dependency, as they are tied with their strings, and the urge for freedom. The narrative scenes illustrate the human dichotomy of being fully liberated and ever dependent. His style is grounded in classic and impressionistic oil painting practice, yet influenced by European graphic novels and Dutch graphic tradition.
Rob Niezen is a painter and printmaker. He paints mostly in oils, and his printmaking includes etchings and linocuts. His art has shown in seven solo exhibitions and over 30 juried exhibitions, and he is a participant in the annual Kawartha Studio Tour since 2010.
In 2015 Peterborough County awarded Rob Niezen a Leadership in Arts & Culture Recognition Award. He was a board member at the Art School of Peterborough for six years, and is still involved as a volunteer in marketing the school. He is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Rob Niezen is partly self taught and studied at Vrije Akademies in The Hague and Delft, the Netherlands, and at the Art School of Peterborough. He was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and lives and works near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
His work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.