Vincent de Boer is a typographic artist and a teacher of letter making. Early affirmation provided a solid confidence and a hunger for recognition. Without any doubt in his pieces, there is a legion of borders to cross. Any fresh visual that intrigues the eye, Vincent is interested to acquire. With many layers to a work, there is no such thing as one creative route: the starting point is simply never fixed. Vincent will happily collaborate and start new projects, as long as he is challenged and present throughout his brush strokes.
Going from drawing cartoons, to practicing on painting, illustrating and drawing three-dimensional spaces, to mixing the worlds of calligraphy, graphic design and typography all together: what you see is a cooperation of image and letter. The viewer zooms in on a gigantic universe of movement and dives all the way in. As long as it crackles, as long as it’s real: Vincent’s work embodies his craftsmanship. He’s fascinated by what’s been done in ancient artistries, but never afraid to break the ‘rules’. A precise years and years of mastering his skill, shaken about with an expressionistic use of pencil and a strong will to challenge himself. His autonomous pieces always evocative, but aesthetically so.
With numerous exhibitions and a bunch of awards under his belt, exploring new techniques and discovering unfamiliar terrains are deemed highly significant. Keep learning, keep digging. Vincent doesn’t do dishonesty. What he craves is a fine balance between provoking and pleasing the viewer. What is aesthetically attractive but not too easily satisfying? Vincent creates a different world, right in that moment, taking you in. Competitive, defiant, calm, bold, open, expressive, initiating, forward, playful. Meet his perspective.
(text by Imme Visser)
Here’s the rest of the available works via @unrulygallery. All part of the One Stroke Series. #vincentdeboer #unrulygallery #calligraphy #onestroke #contemporaryart2 dagen geleden
Four Strokes on Black Background. Ink an Acrylics on Hahnemuhle paper. Available via @unrulygallery #vincentdeboer #unrulygallery #calligraphy #onestroke #brush #ink #paper3 dagen geleden
I released a new series of works at Unruly Gallery: @unrulygallery. Available via their website. Seven Strokes on Grey and Black Background year: 2019 medium: Ink and acrylics on handmade Hahnemühle etching paper. size: ± 78 x 48 cm “The series of One Stroke paintings has a special approach to image making. All movements are done with one or few contact moments with the paper. In this way, the tension and energy of that moment defines the result. Some works were complete improvisations while others were the result of long practise and could be seen as brush choreographies.” #vincentdeboer #onestroke #unruly #unrulygallery #onestrokepainting #calligraphy4 dagen geleden
I released a new series of works at Unruly Gallery: @unrulygallery. Available via their website. One Stroke on Grey and Black Background year: 2019 medium: Ink and acrylics on handmade Hahnemühle etching paper. size: ± 36 x 36,5 cm “The series of One Stroke paintings has a special approach to image making. All movements are done with one or few contact moments with the paper. In this way, the tension and energy of that moment defines the result. Some works were complete improvisations while others were the result of long practise and could be seen as brush choreographies.” #vincentdeboer #onestroke #unruly #unrulygallery #onestrokepainting #calligraphy1 week geleden
Together with Julien Priez (@boogypaper laying on the floor on this picture) I will give a lecture in Paris at Écrire à la Main, 11e édition du Printemps de la Typographie. 27 & 28 Februari 2020. We will talk about scale: Julien’s wallpainting series in Portland and my series done in Japan. Some pictures included in this post. Also the poster of the event, done by @bordeausolenn. More info via @e162.eu hope to see you there. #highontype #julienpriez @boogypaper #vincentdeboer #calligraphy #lettering2 weken geleden
Here's some earlier sketches for the National Museum of the Middle Ages, Musée Cluny in Paris. Japanese Sumi Ink on paper. The project was a collaboration with Philippe Dabasse and Lola Duval. #calligraphy #paris #museecluny #vincentdeboer #sketch @museecluny @phildab @duval_lola4 weken geleden
I’m hereby sharing some of my process for the work at the National Museum of the Middle Ages in France, Musée Cluny Paris. This sketch is about 1,5 meter in width and was useful to determine spacing, x-height and so brush-size. Also after this we decided to go a little more legible. The project was a collaboration with Philippe Dabasse and Lola Duval. #calligraphy #paris #museecluny #vincentdeboer #sketch @museecluny @phildab @duval_lola4 weken geleden
A while ago I did a private commission together with befriended artist Jonas Wijtenburg. ‘No Title Yet’, ± 150 x 100 cm. Ink, Acrylics, Gesso on wood. Frame of Oregon Pine. Done during my one-stroke-paintings period last year. Because you can’t find many of Jonas’ works on Instagram I included some, to give you an impression. #jonaswijtenburg #vincentdeboer #contemporaryart #onestroke #privatecommission1 maand geleden
ILL CONSIDERED in The Netherlands and Belgium! February 8th at Les Hallucinations Collectives #3 : Édition Jazz! Go to @lepalaisarlon for more information. @leshallus February 7th at Concertzaal De Kreun / Kortrijk, Belgium @dekreun February 6th in Paradiso, Amsterdam: @paradisoadam #illconsidered #jazznotjazz #calligraphy #vincentdeboer 1 maand geleden
I did this calligraphy wall at Musée de Cluny, Musée National du Moyen Âge Paris (National Museum of the Middle Ages). Swipe to the right for a panorama view. The museum is in construction and via this wallpainting it is letting its visitors know. I developed this writing style specifically for this wall. I’ve worked together with Lola Duval and Philippe Dabasse, it was great, thank you guys! And Ben thanks for the wonderful help! Process shots by Minem Sezgin. #calligraphy #paris #museecluny #vincentdeboer @phildab @duval_lola @sezginminem1 maand geleden
Video of the work at The Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris, Musee Cluny. Will finish today or tomorrow! #calligraphy #paris #museecluny #vincentdeboer1 maand geleden
Another day of work at Musee Cluny in Paris. #calligraphy #paris #museecluny #vincentdeboer1 maand geleden
Working on a large project in Paris this week at the Museum of the Middle Ages. Will need the rest of the week to finish. With @phildab and @duval_lola #paris #museecluny #calligraphy #wallpainting #vincentdeboer1 maand geleden
Some more videos from my works made in Japan. Fictional language calligraphy, Kanji-like figures. You will find more images from the works and exhibition on my page. #artistinresidence #vincentdeboer #japan #calligraphy1 maand geleden
What a year it has been. I’m very grateful for all things that happened this year, I’ll name a few projects and like to thank the people involved. The year started with Week 1 - Alphabet Experiments with High on Type, a great get together with my team that culminated in an exhibition in Paris later in the year. Thanks Hans, Julien, Ivo and my brother Guido. Second picture shows my self built new atelier in the forest, almost finished. This year was the first spring and I’ve enjoyed it to the max. The most special thing this year was my stay in Japan, I’m just back so you recently might have seen these images already appearing on my instagram page or website. Such a special experience! Many thanks to all the wonderful people that I’ve met and of course to the K. F. Hein Fonds, The Dutch embassy in Tokyo and Fonds Kwadraat. I did a performance during the AtypI conference in Tokyo as well, been very good to catch up with so many people there, thank you. Together with Guido and Hans I did a large High on Type wallpainting, initiated by Opperclaes. We 'wrote' a poem by Derek Otte, as large as 40 by 6 meters. Thanks to Linda, Bruce and Derek! My duo exhibition at Logman was also a personal and special one, since it was the first series of work to leave my new atelier. It took me about 4 months to finish and it was a big joy to show the works in the gallery. A picture from during my lecture at Rencontres de Lure, one of the most remarkable type conferences there is. Happy to be part of this and to meet so many new friends. Thanks to all of the team! And of course Philippe for inviting me. Of course this year was another great year for collaborating with Ill Considered from London. My friends and favourite musicians. In 2019 I got granted by the Creative Industries Fund NL for a video project that will cover most of my time in 2020. This means that you can expect a lot more from my collaboration with Ill Considered! Have a good 2020. #illconsidered #highontype #vincentdeboer #calligraphy #contemporaryart #contemporarydrawing @illconsideredmusic @kfhein @stimuleringsfonds @fonds_kwadraat @tenjinyamaas @rencontresdelure @nlinjapan @logman_gallery @atypi_org1 maand geleden
I am sharing a few videos and photos from during the process in my atelier in Japan the past months. Earlier I shared some pictures of the exhibition. #artistinresidence #vincentdeboer #japan #calligraphy2 maanden geleden
Here are some videos and photos of the process, during my time in Japan. There are some more pictures from the exhibition, posted earlier. #vincentdeboer #artistinresidence #japan #calligraphy2 maanden geleden
Who is rocking her or his Ill Considered xmas record these days? Repress is available via @illconsideredmusic . Tracklist written with pointed Chinese brush, frontcover with flat brush. #illconsidered #jazznotjazz #recordcollection #vinyl #albumcover #calligraphy #vincentdeboer2 maanden geleden