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)
Meanwhile, ILL CONSIDERED 8 second press is out, on pink and purple vinyl. If you couldn’t secure a copy from the first press, this is your chance to get one. Link in bio. The album is reviewed by the people from @hhvrecords, if you’d like to read something about it. Also, it was recently played by Gilles Peterson on @worldwide.fm. Thanks for the support! These images are the letterwork I did for the stickers on the packaging. @illconsideredmusic #illconsidered #vincentdeboer #jazznotjazz #alternativejazz #recordcollection #vinyl #calligraphy #lettering1 week geleden
Last few days of the exhibit of WEEK 1 in Paris. Although the WEEK 1 Alphabet Zine is sold out, it was still visible at Anticafe in the city centre of Paris for the past months. Works by @guidodeboer @hans.schuttenbeld @boogypaper @ivo.brouwer and me. . . #highontype #week1 #alphabet #zine #anticafe #calligraphy #exhibition #vincentdeboer3 weken geleden
A photo from during my calligraphy performance at AtypI Tokyo. (Picture: Rodrigo Esper) #highontype #vincentdeboer #calligraphyperformance #improvisation #calligraphy #japan #tokyo #flatbrush @atypi_org #atypi #atypi20191 maand geleden
AtypI Tokyo thank you! I did this letterwork as a live improvised calligraphy performance during the 63th edition of @atypi_org. The visitors of the conference were able to follow the process from close by. Good to see so many friends, great to see you again. Good to meet a lot of new friends as well. Thank you AtypI for inviting me, Liron and Jo. Here’s a few photo’s from during the process and after finishing. Process shots by the #atypi2019 photographers Luke García and Rodrigo Esper. #highontype #vincentdeboer #calligraphyperformance #improvisation #calligraphy #japan #tokyo #flatbrush1 maand geleden
— THE STROKE — After I come back from Japan, I start a special video animation project, in collaboration with Ill Considered from London. This project will be realised thanks to the generous support of the Creative Industries Fund NL. ‘The close collaboration between the jazz formation Ill Considered and designer, artist, calligrapher and draughtsman Vincent de Boer has resulted in the concept for ‘The Stroke’ - an experiment that stretches the usual frameworks of the music video and reverses the roles. The draughtsman as a conductor and the image as a reason for live improvised music. The starting point for the animated video is the calligraphic brushstroke from which he explores various form experiments and visual vocabularies. The video is six minutes long, consists of 15 frames per second and each frame is an A3 drawing. The animation consists of a total of 5400 drawings. The project results in a video clip, the recording of Ill Considered’s 11th record, and a special limited edition of the LP, in which the consumer buys the underlying drawings of his or her favourite seconds from the video. The project concerns a cross-over of graphic design and music.’ #illconsidered #vincentdeboer #jazznotjazz #alternativejazz @illconsideredmusic @stimuleringsfonds 1 maand geleden
Cleaning up the atelier before I leave, found this sketch. #atelier #sketch #onestroke 1 maand geleden
I recorded a new vinyl mix, full of unexpected combinations. Some oldies, some white label signed limited editions and test pressings. I had a lot of fun with selecting. Also some dutch rarities! (link in bio) I’m posting some photos of the artworks along. Let’s shine some light on the huge effort that some musicians and record labels are doing, not only on the music but also on the sleeves. Support DIY culture. For instance @12th.isle from Glasgow, all sleeves by the amazing Al White aka @crud55. If you don’t know yet, check this out. Or @zamzamrec_ doing all their 45”” on limited run, with a screen printed sleeve! I have a few, check the 5th image. The music of Martyn, solidly accompanied by the artworks of @jeroen_erosie, good to have present in your living room :). @mrs_cruff as you already know, doing his own artworks already for decades. Or for instance Kutmah, doing artwork for Om Unit, 9th image. Last image: a graphic novel coming along a Ulrich Troyer record on Deep Medi, how cool. On the first image: test pressings and limited signed editions from the camp of Madmadmad/Pokus/Leroy Duncann/Ill Considered/Wildflower. Much love @leon.cnmldn #vinyl #records #recordcollection #vinylmix #DIY1 maand geleden
The newest release of @illconsideredmusic comes with coloured vinyl and black. Here’s a closer look. First press is almost gone, it goes fast. Thanks for all the support. #illconsidered #alternativejazz #vincentdeboer #recordsleeve #albumcover #vinyl #recordcollection #writing1 maand geleden
Les Rencontres de Lure 2019 — What a wonderful experience it was! Imagine one tiny mountain village in the south of France, with a group of wonderful people, getting together, joining a great program and a diner table for a full week. @rencontresdelure I had the pleasure of being part of a program with people like Peter Knapp, Baptiste Coulmont, Sébastien Morlighem, Hervé Aracil, Francois Chevret, James Edmondson, David Jonathan Ross, Jana Engel, Luciano Perondi, Studio Golgotha, Éric Giriat, Margaret Gray, Marie Schiele, Leo Favier, Julien Bidoret, Pauline Chardin, Jakub Stephen, Florence Brachet-Champsaur, Elilie Rigaud, Meryll Rogge, Fátima Lázaro, Lucas Le Bihan, Pauline Fourest, Jérémy Landes. Here’s a few pictures from my workshop, captured on analog film by @sezginminem and a capital R I did in 1 stroke during my demonstration on camera. Thanks so much to all the people I’ve met! Thanks to all of the organisation. Thanks @phildab for being the best host. Will let everyone know if I’m back in France. @ohnotypeco Hope to see you soon again! #lurs #rencontresdelure2019 #vincentdeboer #highontype #calligraphy1 maand geleden
Artist in Residence Japan! The coming 3 months I will be in Tokyo and Sapporo. Many thanks goes out to the K.F. Hein Fund and Kwadraat Fund. Also to AtypI, that is hosting a calligraphy performance by me during AtypI Tokyo on 4-7 Sept. I will keep you posted via Instagram. Read the full text below. @kfhein @fonds_kwadraat @atypi_org #vincentdeboer #artistinresidence #japan #tokyo #sapporo Since the end of last year I have been working with the K.F. Hein Fund to develop an Artist in Residence plan for Japan. I’m going to Japan for three months, from the beginning of September to the beginning of December. In these months I will make contacts, learn, present, make new works and exhibit. The collaboration with the K.F. Hein Fund was based on a mutual understanding of how my art practice can draw on Japanese contemporary art and the calligraphy tradition. In my art practice I experiment with an autonomous contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old craft, resulting in a field of tension between two extremes. For the fund this is a pilot to explore whether they want to enter into such collaborations with artists more often. I will stay in Tokyo for a month for studio and exhibition visits and a demonstration during the 63rd edition of the international AtypI conference, then I will stay for two months in Sapporo, at Hokkaido, for a work period in a studio and an exhibition. Through a blog on the website of the K.F. Hein Fund and social media you can stay informed about the developments! After returning to Utrecht there will be an artist talk at the fund, this will be reported later. (Photo Credits: ? @typetersburg help me out) 1 maand geleden
I wrote down about 2000 names for the new Ill Considered record. Those are all people who supported the project and they are now all part of the new release! A big thanks to you all. You will find your name inside the new record. Written with a pointed nib on high speed, with a slant and a back slant. Here’s a few videos from during the process. I’ve posted images of the new record earlier if you’re interested. The first press is almost sold out, hurry if you’d like one. Link in bio. Or visit: @illconsideredmusic #illconsidered #alternativejazz #vincentdeboer #recordsleeve #albumcover #vinyl #recordcollection #writing1 maand geleden
I’m at Les Rencontres De Lure in France. Here’s some pictures from during my presentation yesterday and from the village. I went over some sketchbooks and did live calligraphy, making one-stroke capital R’s. I am very thankful for the invitation to this beautiful conference, such a special one: the people, the village, the food, the wine. #lurs #rencontresdelure2019 #vincentdeboer #highontype #calligraphy1 maand geleden
Ill Considered 8 is almost out! This is the backside of the new album, out on pre-order since yesterday. Quite a complex variety of letters, done with ink and brush. The album comes with either green or orange vinyl, limited edition. There’s a special present inside for those who have been supporting the project. In this post you see some shots of the original letter work and some progress shots. @illconsideredmusic #illconsidered #alternativejazz #vincentdeboer #recordsleeve #albumcover #vinyl #recordcollection1 maand geleden
Who knows a band dropping 10 full length albums in 2 years? I’m happy to share that from on today, the pre-order is out on ILL CONSIDERED 8. First press, available as a limited edition in orange or green vinyl. Your choice. They go fast as always. (order via link in bio) This time I went back to black and white. On the front you see 8 strokes, meeting in the middle. On the back you see something that might be my most complex letterwork so far. On the last image in this post you’ll see some drawings that didn’t make the frontcover, an Ill Considered ambigram that I didn’t use and some letter tryouts. Off we go. @illconsideredmusic #illconsidered #alternativejazz #vincentdeboer #recordsleeve #albumcover #vinyl #recordcollection 1 maand geleden
One Stroke on Grey and Black Background, 46 x 35 cm. Ink and acrylics on Hahnemuhle etching paper. #contemporaryart #vincentdeboer #onestroke #singlestroke #inkonpaper #calligraphy1 maand geleden
Going over the newest pages. Some future-gothics, some single stroke S’s, some single stroke Roman capitals and some floating superfat serif weirdo’s. The other pages from this book are posted earlier if you’re interested! #calligraphy #vincentdeboer #sketchbook #ink2 maanden geleden
Small website update! Link in bio. This image: ‘Fictional Language’, 2018. Work on the left by Cecilia Rebergen. #websiteupdate #vincentdeboer #exhibition #contemporaryart #ceciliarebergen @ceciliarebergen2 maanden geleden
One Stroke on Grey and Black Background, 52 x 36 cm. Ink and acrylics on Hahnemuhle etching paper. #contemporaryart #vincentdeboer #onestroke #singlestroke #inkonpaper #calligraphy2 maanden geleden
One Stroke on Grey Background, 38 x 27 cm. Ink and acrylics on Hahnemuhle etching paper. #contemporaryart #vincentdeboer #onestroke #singlestroke #inkonpaper #calligraphy2 maanden geleden