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Sam Drukker

Goes, NL, 1957

Samuel Drukker (*20.11.1957 Goes) is a Dutch artist, whose oeuvre includes oil paintings and drawings. Drukker grew up in Assen, in the province of Drenthe. In 1982, he finished his studies with Matthijs Röling at the Academie Minerva in Groningen. After his education, he worked in Paris and Barcelona. Since 1990, he has taught at the Wackers Academie in Amsterdam. The Hermitage Amsterdam awarded him with the prize of Artist of the Year in 2011. In his figurative paintings, the artist takes on old testamentary, mythological and erotic themes, in which the human form plays a central role. Accordingly, the figures in his paintings have a higher level of detailed elaboration, as compared to their schematized and almost abstracted backgrounds. Through this ambivalent relation between figures and background, the characters seem isolated and the suggestive expression of their emotions is amplified. Drukker often paints on unconventional mediums like weather-beaten sailcloth and old pieces of wood – surfaces with a history of their own, that thus add a further layer of meaning to his works.

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1957 born in Goes (province Zeeland – The Netherlands)

1977 – 1982 Academy of Fine Arts Minerva, Groningen, with lectures by Matthijs Roling and Ben van Voorn

1984 – 1985 lives and works in Paris

Since 1986 lives and works in Amsterdam

1989 Sospiro d’inverno (dance production from/with Ornella d’Agostino)

Since 1990 Lecturer at the Wackers Academy in Amsterdam

1991 Foundation of the Dutch Portrait Society

1991 – 1992 lives and works in Barcelona

2002 TV-documentary on the life and work of Sam Drukker, (directed by Gert Berg)

Since 2015 Visiting lecturer at the Klassieke Academie Groningen

Exhibitions (selection)

2018 «Flower Power», Museum Old Amelisweerd, Utrecht
2017 «Collectie Wim van der Meer», Museum Flehite, Amersfoort
2017 Biënnale Heilige Driehoek, Oosterhout
2016 Museum van Loon, Amsterdam
2016 «Selfportraits», Drents Museum, Assen
2016 Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle
2014 «Minje», Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
2014 Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen
2014 Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil

Literature (selection)

  • Minje/Minyan, Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam, Waanders & de Kunst , 2014
  • East Bergholt, texts: Marcel Moring, Images: Sam Drukker, Bezig Bij, 2013
  • Sam Drukker - Een Dunne Huid, WBooks Verlag, 2011
  • Sam Drukker  - Getekende liefde, Erotische tekeningen, Text: Rento Brattinga, Sam Drukker, Waanders 2009
  • Sam Drukker - Verzameld werk, Rabobank Assen, 2004
  • Sam Drukker - Dames en Heren!, texts: Jan Jaap Heij und Willem Jan Otten, Drents Museum Assen, Waanders, 1999
  • Sam Drukker, texts: Hans Abbing, Marcel Möring, Ruud Spruit, Herman Verbeek und Friggo Visser, 1995