Op 't duin

May, 11th - June, 23th 2019


Boulevard Zeezijde 31, Katwijk


Artist Dirck Nab is already working some twenty years in the dunes
Drawings and paintings of dune landscapes and subjects related to the dunes by the artist Dirck Nab. These can be seen from 11 May to 23 June on the ground floor of the DUNAatelier on the Boulevard in Katwijk. He exhibits in the Netherlands, but also a lot in France. The Print Room of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Henriëtte Polak museum in Zutphen have purchased work from him.
In the DUNAatelier, Dirck Nab exhibits under the title "Op 't duin" a very recent drawing of two by two meters from a dune top, made with charcoal on canvas. "That depends on what else I'm going to hang on to smaller work," Nab says. "Painters who work with great precision often start on canvas with a charcoal sketch. You can then remove that charcoal, but you can also fix it. I make a whole drawing, I fix it and then leave it as an experiment."
The same place
Dirck Nab lives near the dunes in Bakkum. He always went to work where he was, he says. "I have been working in the dunes for about twenty years. And that still doesn't bore me. Every Monday I go and draw in the dunes with a friend. We are sometimes in the same place for half a year. The longer you have been working on it , the more you see in it. I show that in my work. "
The dune is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Netherlands, says Nab, because it does not intervene. "The dunes are still very unspoilt, especially close to the sea where the public is not allowed. My work is still figurative, but it is more abstract than before. You can clearly recognize the dune in it. Besides the dunes, I work sometimes with a group of painters in Amsterdam and then my work must relate to Amsterdam. "
When he paints, he works with oil paint or tempera. Tempera is an ancient technique from the Middle Ages based on an egg. That produces very clear colors. I also find it easier outside, because taking oil paint is a hassle. I think a disadvantage of tempera is that you should always frame the end result behind glass. I don't really like painting behind glass. "
The "Op 't duin" exhibition by Dirck Nab can be seen every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the ground floor of DUNAatelier, Boulevard Zeezijde 31, (Duinplein to the Fire beacon) in Katwijk. At the same time, in the basement of the DUNAatelier, the first exhibition can be seen of the recently established Katwijk circle of en plein air painters.

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