Rinus Van de Velde

Collective Myth

Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde latest drawing is a means of deciphering collective myths. The point of departure for Van de Velde’s artistic cosmos is the staged world of photographic representation. His distinctive drawing-language transfers scenes from the dedicated lives of artists and scientists and combines them with commentary gathered from his stream of consciousness.

Rinus Van de Velde owns an archive with numerous photographs, from dealing with this trove of pictures; Van de Velde’s charcoal drawings emerge, transforming this resource that he has gathered into a different medium. Deciding on which of his photographs is suitable for a drawing is a difficult process.

Van de Velde selects those photos that in some way or another represent a so-called everyday, “collective myth”. And yet the drawings of Van de Velde do not have a documentary character, on the contrary, for while the artist adapts the photographic images according to the requirements of the drawing and in addition adds text to the drawings, these tell a completely different story than the photographs on which they are based on.

Rinus Van de Velde work was exhibited recently in Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg, Germany, and Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Miami, USA
A catalogue of the artist’s work is Available from Galerie Zink München/Berlin and Verlag für moderne Kunst
Rinus Van de Velde is represented by Zink Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Additional information and links

Rinus Van de Velde Video
Rinus Van de Velde website
Rinus Van de Velde Book
Galerie Zink website