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Museum De Pont, The Netherlands, 2014
© Arno Kramer 2014


Arno Kramer has been awarded The Netherlands Artist of the Year 2015 in the Older Artist category. Kramer wins his award alongside Marlene Dumas who has been awarded Artist of the Year 2015 in the general category.

Arno Kramer lives and works in Broekland, a small village in the eastern part of The Netherlands and often works in Ireland. He exhibits regularly in galleries and museums in Holland and has had shows in the USA (Larry Becker Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art in Philadelphia), England, Ireland [Green on Red Gallery Dublin, Cavanacor Gallery Lifford, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Model Arts and Niland Gallery Sligo, Galway Arts Centre, Westcork Arts Centre, Mermaid Arts Centre, Roscommon Arts Centre, Ballina Arts Centre], Northern Ireland [Ormeau Bath Gallery, Millennium Court Art Centre], Germany and Sweden.

Since 1995 he has returned to Ireland almost yearly as an Artist in Residence. Whilst drawing is the most important part of his activities, he also works with drawing installations. He writes for various publications on art, has curated
many exhibitions and has had several collections of poetry published. He has taught for 20 years at the AKI Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede, Netherlands and has also given lectures and tutorials in the USA, England and Ireland. In 2014 he worked as a guest professor of drawing in Gent, Belgium, at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten.

After his first Artist's residency in Ireland, he was inspired by Irish Poetry and an image in The Irish Times of a shop window with Christening dresses. The motif of dresses are a continuous feature in his drawings and he often combines them with parts of the human body; hands, legs, feet, and torso, etc. Arno often combines organic with inorganic forms, like screens, grids and found mathematical images. His work is stratified and the image develops step by step and occasionally abstract forms appear from the edges of the work. The dimensions of his landscape based works are very large which gives the viewer the illusion of being able to enter this new arena whilst tracing it with their eyes.

He works on his drawings in layers, until it has the enigma he desires. There should always be a "state of desire" in the drawing. Arno Kramer once wrote that he would like to make "the reconnaissance of the back of the soul, the spirit and the heart visible”. His work has been described as mystical, poetic, sensitive, transcendental and metaphysical.

During a stay in Ireland in the spring of 2004, he started drawing deer, swans and hares. In July 2005 Kramer's Irish landscape drawings were featured in a large traveling exhibition starting Limerick City Gallery of Art called Drawing the landscape, curated by Jim Savage.

Arno is the founder and curator of the Drawing Centre Diepenheim in the Netherlands and has organised several drawing exhibitions which include, Into Drawing contemporary Dutch drawings with work from 22 artists from The Netherlands, which travelled to five European countries over two years, All About Drawing: 50 years of Drawing in The Netherlands, co-curated with Diana Wind, director of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam which featured works from 100 Dutch artists.

Kramer's work appears in the collections of several museums in the Netherlands, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Teylers Museum Haarlem, Van Reekummuseum Apeldoorn, Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum De Fundatie Zwolle, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Henriette Polak Museum Zutphen, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and also appears in Irish collections of the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland. His drawings are in private collections in The Netherlands, Ireland, England, Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, Denmark and the USA.

Arno Kramer will be tutoring a Drawing Master Class at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland from the 4th - 12th April 2015. For details see our events page.







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