Monthly Archives: April 2019

Paintings from heaven

Rob van Doeselaar – Paintings and iPad sketches
Simões Ferreira – Wooden sculptures
When: From 1 to 26 May 2019
Where: Haagse Kunstkring, Denneweg 64, The Hague
Opening: 4 May, 4 p.m. by Pascalle Grotenhuis, former Ambassador to Mozambique.
Gallery opening hours: Wed – Fri 12.00 – 17.00, Sat – Sun 13.00 – 17.00
Rob van Doeselaar will be present at the opening and on 12 May at 4 p.m. to talk about his work during ‘The artist tells about his art’.
The artists donate 10% of the proceeds to the fundraising campaign for the victims of the Idaï cyclone in Mozambique

In the month of May I show paintings and iPad sketches that I have made in Mozambique in recent years. The sunny surroundings and the lush growth of trees and plants inspired me to display their shadows, as if heaven creates paintings.
It is interesting to study and paint shadows. What color do they have? How do you transfer movement, contrast and layering to the canvas? What meaning do you see in the forms?

In addition, my good friend the Mozambican sculptor Simões Ferreira shows wooden sculptures that he left under management during a stay in Europe a few years ago. His works depict the inner struggle in Mozambique, marked by the colonial war and followed by the civil war until 1992. With his images, Simões emphasizes the power of women, the family life and the sense of community of people.

Rob van Doeselaar (1958, Goes) has lived, worked and exhibited in many countries as an independent artist. He was confronted with very different living conditions and cultures. The impressions and experiences of his travels are thematically strongly related to his art and have had an important influence on style, color and use of materials. Rob paints on canvas, paper and wood. He also experiments with iPad art. He regularly publishes the results on his blog. You can subscribe to it (for free). He also has a passion for painting portraits. In 2013, he won a prestigious prize in The Hague for the best portrait of King Willem-Alexander. For more information, visit

Simões Ferreira (1959, Maputo) became fascinated by sculpture through contacts with the Mozambican sculptor Alberto Chissano, and by visiting exhibitions in Galeria Paraiso in Maputo. As a self-taught artist he started his career in 1977. In 1987 he devotes himself exclusively to carving. He participated in various collective exhibitions in Mozambique, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden. The National Art Museum in Maputo has included his work in its collection. He is also represented in various public and private institutions. He has been a member of Núcleo de Arte since 1978 and also of the Kulungwana Managing Board since 2014. For more information, visit

Rob van Doeselaar


One-day exhibition

On April 26 I had a one-day exhibition of paintings together with Theo Jordans. It happened in Groede where Theo’s sister and my brother extensively and exuberantly celebrated their 65th birthday. Quite by chance, really by accident, Theo is now also exhibiting in Pulchri and my exhibition in the Haagse Kunstkring will start next week.


I made this iPad portrait a few months after Trump announced candidacy for the presidency of the United States of America. I could not imagine that many people would vote for him. I saw a television interview in which he did not substantiate his opinions with any argument. He based his feelings on world politics, in his own words, mainly on the information he received from television.

I had known his artificial hairstyle for a long time. But during that television interview I noticed for the first time that the orange color of his face becomes paler around his eyes. You would think it is caused by wearing a protection cover for his eyes at the solarium or in the spray tan booth. However, there are rumors in the White House that the President is not doing anything about his skin color. It is all genetically determined.

This portrait will be on display in the Haagse Kunstkring as part of a member presentation with the theme Portrait. The opening is on April 6 at 4 p.m. Everybody is welcome.