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Bob van Blommestein

Bob van Blommestein links art with gastronomy

Festive opening of the “Art and Gastronomy” exhibition by Erik Hermida (General Manager KunstRAI, Onderneming en Kunst) on Wednesday September 3, at 16:00 P.M. in Dikker & Thijs Art Gallery, Prinsengracht 438, 1017 KE Amsterdam.

Bob van Blommestein presents an overview of the watercolours he has painted in the past 20 years. He started drawing at an early age and later on worked in oil, watercolour and pencil. Since 1994 he has mainly painted still lives in watercolour in which he delicately places fruit, fish, shellfish and crustaceans in an intriguing light.

Bob van Blommestein has illustrated cookbooks – a.o. Exotisch koken met Hugh Jans – and provided illustrations for Avenue and Bijenkorfmagazines. He has also illustrated literary works of J.H. Leopold and Louis Couperus and the translated sonnets of Michelangelo for Sub Signo Libelli publishers and has made watercolours for ships of the Holland America Line.

In the past few years he has dedicated himself mainly to painting remarkably detailed watercolours. With refined brushwork he lets perishable foodstuffs challenge the imagination. He makes food and culinary attributes move: lemons dance, fish fly, chilli peppers lift themselves up and pomegranates burst open. He carefully places his subjects, gives them light and relief, fashioned in chiaroscuro. The Dutch classicist and art critic David Rijser calls Van Blommestein a postmodern hedonist. He transforms the symbolism of past artists into a contemporary and highly personal perspective; drawing inspiration from Antiquity and the many countries he has visited.

“Bob van Blommestein is a sublime aquarellist with an uncanny eye for detail. His perfect treatment of textures recalls the work of the renowned Flemish masters. His still lives with foodstuffs are truly delectable”. – Erik Hermida, General Manager KunstRAI and Onderneming en Kunst.

Bob van Blommestein (1943) studied at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague and at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He has taught drawing and the history of art at the Barlaeus Lyceum in Amsterdam and was a visiting lecturer at the KVBK.

From September 3 to December 3, 2014 the overview exhibition, “Art & Gastronomy” by Bob van Blommestein will be held in the Dikker & Thijs Art Gallery in Amsterdam.

For more information, images in hires or interviews please contact Janny Nijhof,, Mobile: 06-53177903.