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Arie van Geest


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