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Arie van Geest

Arie van Geest


born 1948, Maasland, the Netherlands

Lives and works in Rotterdam

Arie van Geest

born 1948, Maasland, the Netherlands

Lives and works in Rotterdam and Availles-Limouzine (France)



1965-1970 Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam


Getting acquainted with Comte de Lautréamont’s Les chants de Maldoror and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland proved to be determinant for the character of the paintings that I have been making since 1968. Four periods can be distinguished, periods in which several series appear on the stage of the imagination at regular intervals. Following a long stay in New York in the previous summer, I create Wah-Wah in 1971, a series of eleven drawings in which a masked baboon crawls through the mirror and eventually meets his better half after many rambles.

In November 1972 I complete De drie Marguerites, the first introduction to a paradoxical and poetic world of delusion that is influenced by literature above all things. Alice is to dominate my work for ten years. During this period she increasingly represents my alter ego that is trying to put would-be reality in perspective in a bright, classical composition of surrealist settings.


In the early eighties I say goodbye to Alice. The paintings are becoming more and more expressionist and complex in character. They are the windows looking out on a hermetic universe of stratifications in which - in addition to literature - history of art proves to be a major source of inspiration. In the autumn of 1984 Tableau Mourant arises, a series of 98 water-colours induced by Het einde van de dag, a painting that Vincent van Gogh made in 1889 after a painting by Jean François Millais. The series was exhibited in the Gemeentemuseum of The Hague in 1986. A year later it was shown in the Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh in Amsterdam and purchased by this museum in 1987.

In the mid-nineties Alice returns in the paintings. She is now accompanied by Pinocchio, the representative of the lie, and in the Neverland of painting she meets Peter Pan, the perpetual shadowless youth. An unmistakable danger is lurking in the bushes of the lost children’s paradise. In 1999 Desolation Row arises, taking stock of imaginary creatures living in the domain of mild madness. Between 2009 and 2011 I work on the series of 12 paintings Alice (high, low and in between), a search through the history of art interwoven with illustrations by John Tenniel, the first illustrator of Alice in Wonderland. 


In the summer of 2011 I embark on a new period and make an initial reconnaissance for the new series The broken promised land, a series in which at present some thirty paintings have been completed. The garden that joins my French summer-residence and the river Vienne is my preferred point of departure to accommodate my heroes and demons justifiably. Surrounded by the brilliant sunlight and free nature’s botanic rampancy they play their roles in the imaginary circus of the mind. 

Arie van Geest, november 2015



1969 Galerie CCC, Vlaardingen

          Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague

1970 Galerie Design, Rotterdam

1971 Lijnbaancentrum, Rotterdam

1972 Galerie Balans, Amsterdam

          Galerie Bint, Dordrecht

1973 Galerie Flos Mulder (met Hans Verwey), Rotterdam

          Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1974 Galerie Balans, Amsterdam

1975 Galleria del Naviglio, Milano

1976 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1979 Galerie Fagel, Amsterdam

1980 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1981 Galerie Marquis, Vlissingen

1982 Galleria del Naviglio, Milano

1985 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1986 Haags Gemeentemuseum, Te Hague

1987 Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1989 KunstRai (Galerie Delta), Amsterdam

1990 Galerie Ronkes Agerbeek, The Hague

1991 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1994 Galerie Ronkes Agerbeek, The Hague

1995 Galerie Wansink, Roermond

1999 KunstRai (Galerie Delta), Amsterdam

2001 Livingstone  gallery, The Hague

2002 Donner, Rotterdam

2003 Galerie Delta,Rotterdam

2004 Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2006 Livingstone gallery, The Hague

          Catharinakapel, Harderwijk

2007 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven

2008 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2009 Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2010, WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam

2011 Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven

         Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2012 Livingstone galley, The Hague

2014 Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2015 Walgenbach Art& Books, Rotterdam




1969 Salon van de Maassteden, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

1972 Aanwinsten 1945-1972, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

1973 Vijf jaar Galerie Bint, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht

1974 Kunst uit Rotterdam, De Vleeshal, Middelburg

1975 Bildende Künstler aus den Niederlanden, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

1976 Art Fair (Galleria del Naviglio), Bologna

          Eigen collectie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1977 FIAC (Galerie Delta), Paris

1978 Rotterdam-Hamburg, Kunsthaus, Hamburg

          Europaprijs voor Schilderkunst, Stedelijk Museum, Oostende

1979 Arie van Geest, Jurjen de Haan, Jan Schoonhoven, Galerie Marquis, Vlissingen

1980 Schilderkunstig Realisme, De Lakenhal , Leiden                                                                                                 

1981 Malerischer Realismus, Landesmuseum, Oldenburg           

         Mythologie Ouotidienne 1965-1970, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1983 Tekeningen, De Nederlandse Kunststichting, Amsterdam

1984 Kunst uit Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

          Zeven Tekenaars, Galerie Westersingel 8, Rotterdam

          Art 15-1984 (Galerie Delta), Bazel

1985 Confrontatie,  Arie van Geest-Willem Lefeber, Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft

          Art Cologne (Galerie Delta), Keulen

          Tekeningen, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague       

          From source to use, Galerie van Beveren, Rotterdam

1986 Verover het Beeld, Gemeentelijk Museum Jan Cunen, Oss

          Europaprijs voor Schilderkunst, Stedelijk Museum, Oostende

1987 Aankopen 1986, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1988 Rotterdam Retrospectief Beeldende Kunst na 1940, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen,         Rotterdam

          Ego/Imago, Galerie Westersingel 8, Rotterdam

1989 Small Scale, Galerie Bébert, Rotterdam

          Lineart Ghent (Galerie Delta), Gent

1990 Hommage aan Frida Kahlo, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

         Woody van Amen, Arie van Geest, Burgert Koonijnendijk, Bogardenkapel, Brugge

1992 Met Verve, Gemeentelijk Museum Jan Cunen, Oss

1993 Sebastiaan, martelaar of mythe, Museum Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom.

1994 Elvis lives, Galerie Torch, Amsterdam

1995 Introspace, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1996 De collectie Weegels, De Tiendschuur, Weert

1997 Deltawerken, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam

2000 Totem -  helden van het beeldverhaal, De Vishal, Haarlem

2002 ArtBookArt 1992-2002, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2003 Arie van Geest, Melle, John van ’t Slot, Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven

2004 Prospecten van nooit vermoed schoon, TENT, Rotterdam

2005 Kunst uit huis, Collectie Joop en An Groen, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

         Meester-Leerling-Meester, Klaas Gubbels, Arie  van Geest, Juul Kraijer, Burgert Koonijnendijk), Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2006 Hommage (samenstelling Paul van der Eerden), CBK, Rotterdam

2007 Art Rotterdam (Livingstone gallery en Galerie Willy Schoots), Rotterdam

         Art Amsterdam, (Galerie Willy Schoots), Amsterdam

2008 The New Force of Painting, Frissiras Museum, Athene

          Harbor Lights, GAD Gallery, Oslo

         Quant à moi - (schilders), Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven

2009 Eb & Vloed, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen

2010 The 2010 Fine Art Collection, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

          Ils sont venus de si loin, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2011 Realisme II, ( Galerie Willy Schoots, Galerie van Duyse) Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam.

         Livingstone on paper, 20 years,  Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2012 Goddelijk en Griezelig, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal

         On the road again, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2013 Painting I - European Painting Affinities, 1960-1980, Frissiras Museum, Athene

          Miniatuur Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

2014 Bébert - Uitgeverij en Galerie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

          Group Show, Thanassis Frissiras Art Gallery, Athene

          Angels & Demons, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

          Dier in het vizier - Part II, Museum Nairac, Barneveld

          Winterfabels, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

2015 Boomers-Art, WTC Gallery, Rotterdam



Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Gemeentelijk Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, Frissiras Museum, Athene, Landesmuseum, Oldenburg, Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, ABN-AMRO Bank, Amsterdam, ING Bank, Amsterdam, Staalbankiers, The Hague, Bouwfonds Nederlandse Gemeenten, Hoevelaken, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken , The Hague, Hogeschool, Rotterdam, Miniatuur Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Amsterdam, Hans Sonnenberg Art Collection, Rotterdam



1969 Maaskantprijs

1970 Drempelprijs

1973 Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst

1975 Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst

1978 Europaprijs voor Schilderkunst (bronzen medaille), Oostende

1986 Europaprijs voor Schilderkunst (bronzen medaille), Oostende




1973 Arie van Geest, Een hommage aan de derde Marguerite, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

1975 Arie van Geest, Galleria del Naviglio, Milano

1980 Painterly Realism, Bureau Beeldende Kunst Buitenland, Amsterdam, Texts: Hans Sizoo, Gijs van Tuyl, Evert Rodrigo

1981 Arie van Geest, Schilderijen ’72-’80, Editions Marquis, Vlissingen, Text: Arie van Geest

1982 Pitture di Arie van Geest, Galleria del Naviglio, Milano, Text: Evert Rodrigo

1984 Kunst uit Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Text: Wim Beeren

1986 Arie van Geest, Tableau Mourant, 98 aquarellen, Haags Gemeentemuseum,The Hague, Text: Mariette Josephus Jitta

1987 Arie van Geest, Het nieuwe werk, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Text: Kees Broos

1989 Arie van Geest, Through the mirror, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Text: Hendrik van Delft

1991 Arie van Geest, Ex Aequo, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Text: Wouter Welling

2001 Arie van Geest, Desolation Row, Van Spijk Art Projects bv, Venlo / Livingstone Editions, The Hague. Texts: Mariette Josephus Jitta, Pieter van Oudheusden

2006 Arie van Geest, Visible Absence, Livingstone gallery, The Hague, Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, Text: Pieter van Oudheusden

2008 The New Force of Painting, Frissiras Museum, Athene, Text: Christina Sotiropoulou

2012 Arie van Geest, Alice (high, low and in between), Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Livingstone gallery, The Hague,  Editions Alias, Rotterdam, Text: Arie van Geest

2015 Painting I  – European painting  affinities 1960-1980,  Frissiras Museum,  Athene, Text: Thanassis Moutsopoulos