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The Dutch contemporary realist painter Rene Tweehuysen was born in Utrecht in 1957. Since 1999 the artist and his family have lived in the northernmost part of Holland near the sea in the Frisian village of Oude Bildtzijl. From a very young age he knew he wanted to be a painter. After studying at ARTIBUS in Utrecht he started painting people in a stylised setting and the Tweehuysian style slowly develops. Over a period of three years, he intensively studied 16th and 17th century painters manuscripts. In 1994 Tweehuysen exhibited a series of portraits for the first time in galerie Mokum in Amsterdam. This was all free-style work. Since that time not a lot has changed except for the fact that his subjects now commission his work. In 1995 he painted the Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, and for a commissioned portrait for Rockanje town hall, Rene Tweehuysen visited in 1998 Queen Beatrix of Holland at Huis ten Bosch in Den Haag.
Education   Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten ARTIBUS in Utrecht
Selected Commissions   2011 - Group portrait Fam. Kok  
2010 - Prof. dr. Douwe J. van Houten, University for Humanist Studies  
2009 - Danielle en Hannah Wagendorp  
2008 - Antoinette Jelgersma, actress  
2008 - Boudewijn de Groot, singer - songwriter  
2007 - van Ooij  
2006 - Dick de Graaff, violin player Holland Symphonia Orchestra  
2005 - Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer  
2003 - Angelique de Feijter, manageress  
2002 - Hans Möller, National Health Service manager  
2001 - Paul Witteman, TV personality  
2001 - Professor H.J. Huisjes, as commissioned by Groningen University  
2001 - Mr. Mentzel, director  
1999 - Queen Beatrix of Holland  
1997 - Adelheid Roosen and Leoni Jansen, actresses and singers  
1995 - Harry Mulisch, writer
Group Exhibitions   2011 - Realisme 2011, Passengers Terminal, Amsterdam (Morren Galleries, Portretwinkel)  
2009 - Portrait Boudewijn de Groot (Dutch singer/songwriter). Commissioned by Philharmonie Haarlem  
2009 - Rene has painted his daughter ‘Mara’ for the ‘Mead Johnson’ (pediatric nutrition) art collection in Chicago. This was commissioned in cooperation with ‘Nance Galleries’ in Indiana.  
2009 - Portretwinkel Haarlem. Exhibition portraits Circus Elleboog  
2008 - Gallery Wiek XX, Nieuweschans  
2008 - Kunst en Lijsten Atelier Wolters, Harlingen.  
2008 - Acte(urs) de présence, de Portretwinkel, Haarlem. Portrait Antoinette Jelgersma.  
2007 - Stadschouwburg Orpheus Apeldoorn. 18 Portrayed musicians of the Netherlands Symfonia orchestra which has been portrayed by 18 different artists of the Portretwinkel  
2006 - Galerie de Portretwinkel, in Het Heerenlogement Harlingen, Portraits of Dutch celebrities  
2006 - Exhibition in Philharmonie Haarlem. Portrait of violinist Dick de Graaff  
2005 - Portraits of Dutch celebrities (portrait of writer Simon Vinkenoog), De Portretwinkel, Haarlem  
2005 - Participation in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2005 Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London  
2004 - Galerie Wiek XX, Nieuweschans  
2003 - Galerie Utrecht – Portretwinkel, Haarlem  
2001 - De Portretwinkel, Haarlem ( Special portraits of special Haarlem folk, portrait of Paul Witteman )  
2000 - De Portretwinkel, Haarlem ( Children at their most beautiful in the 21st century )  
1997 - Kunst-RAI, Amsterdam ( portrait Adelheid Roosen and Leoni Jansen )  
1996 - Galerie Utrecht  
1995 - Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam - De Portretwinkel, Haarlem ( 13 x Harry Mulisch ) - Galerie Utrecht - Galerie Kees van Drimmelen, Bergen op Zoom
Artist's Statement   Beside painting portraits with solid backgrounds it’s a challenge to creating something that is more than just a portrait. For example by placing the model in front of interiors with windows and landscapes with cloudy skies. That makes a portrait more exciting. The strong interaction between model and background gives his portraits a somewhat magical effect.  
Rene Tweehuysen uses classical painting techniques of the Dutch, Flemish and Italian portrait painters. These techniques are still relevant today. Building up the paint in a series of layers results in a rich surface appearance that creates a painting with depth. A natural softness is achieved through the use of delicate colours, contrast and contours.

Statement      I will paint from my own photographs and the photo sessions are often in the client’s surroundings. An initial brainstorm with the client will give an idea what the painting has to depict. After this meeting a creative proces of sketching will develop the final concept sketch for the client. Depending on how busy I am and complexity of the painting it will take 3 to 6 months to finish. Every painting is different and although I try as hard as I can it is not always possible to guarantee strickt deadlines.  
Portraits are delivered unframed but I’am happy to offer advice.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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