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)
Me and my brother @guidodeboer are doing a talk at @amsterdam_cm. Tickets (free) will go online today. ————— Taking the stage for this month’s #CMsymmetry event, Guido and Vincent de Boer are brothers and artists, both focusing on the art of letter making. Together with six other designers and artists, they are part of the letter collective @highontype. ————— #guidodeboer #vincentdeboer #creativemornings #amsterdam2 dagen geleden
Ill Considered 6, available as pre order via illconsidered.bandcamp.com but only if you think you can handle it of course. Since yesterday also on youtube by the way. #illconsidered #alternativejazz #vinyl #vinylcollection #albumcover #vincentdeboer1 week geleden
Current studio view. 6 times g, 6 times D. These are some of the works made during the process of two commissioned jobs I’ve recently finished. #studio #artiststudio #contemporaryart #vincentdeboer1 week geleden
SKYWALKER #1. New party in town, I did the visuals. Worldmusic by: Jorge Madera / Pushin Wood, Panenkov, John Konatty and Steve Vincent. 25th of April, ACU, Utrecht. #skywalker #party #worldmusic #vincentdeboer1 week geleden
ILL CONSIDERED T-shirts! Available via: illconsidered.bandcamp.com/merch or link in bio! #illconsidered #vincentdeboer1 week geleden
Another one from the new series, working in my new studio. 70 x 50 cm, ink and paper, Untitled yet. #contemporaryart #art #calligraphy #ink #vincentdeboer #studioview2 weken geleden
Working on a new series of work, in my new studio. 70 x 50 cm, ink and paper, Untitled yet. #contemporaryart #art #calligraphy #ink #vincentdeboer #studioview2 weken geleden
Working on a new series of work, in my new studio. 70 x 50 cm, ink and paper, Untitled yet. #contemporaryart #art #calligraphy #ink #vincentdeboer #studioview3 weken geleden
This, and more new alphabets, in our new zine, available via the link in bio. There’s not many left. The work shown might be one of my biggest brush challenges so far, especially the S and R, full curves done in single stroke. @highontype #alphabet #calligraphy #zine #week1 #vincentdeboer4 weken geleden
✨High on Type - Week 1 - Zine✨ ✨PRE ORDER✨ [link in bio] - During the first week of 2019 we (@highontype) locked ourselves up in one room to create the most bizar, fun, crazy, elegant, weird and experimental alphabets. The result is this 60-page Alphabet zine. This zine is a follow-up of our previous zine ‘WEEK 50”. - Shipping in the first week of February. - 60 pages / 3 color high quality RISO print / limited edition of 200 - 1 Week 4 Artists (@vincent.deboer, @hans.schuttenbeld, @boogypaper & @guidodeboer ) 5 Guest appearances 1 Space 50 Alphabets selected 1 Zine - Design: @mauritswouters #calligraphy #lettering #zine #alphabet #vincentdeboer #highontype1 maand geleden
I’ve made a lot of new alphabets, during our WEEK 1 project with @highontype. This is one of them. Done with pointed brush. All alphabets will be published in a Zine, which will be available as a 3 color Riso limited edition. Soon available, we will keep you posted. @guidodeboer @boogypaper @hans.schuttenbeld #calligraphy #lettering #pointedbrush #vincentdeboer1 maand geleden
Ill Considered album 5 and 6 are online via Bandcamp! Full vinyl release and digital release is available since today. illconsidered.bandcamp.com This is a shot of all the drawings for front and back cover. #illconsidered #jazz #improv #ukjazz #vincentdeboer #albumcover1 maand geleden
Z. Part of one of the new alphabets I did for ‘WEEK 1’, together with the @highontype team. We’re scanning and photographing all the works now and are busy with finishing the Zine, will be available by the end of this week. 3 color Riso Zine, limited edition. #calligraphy #vincentdeboer #highontype1 maand geleden
Work in progress. As you might have noticed, we’re working on a new Alphabet Zine with @highontype. A full week calligraphy marathon. We’re approaching the end, this Wednesday. By the end of the week the Zine will be done, including the graphic design. Pre-order will be online soon. 200 limited copies. #highontype #week1highontype #vincentdeboer #calligraphy #alphabet @boogypaper @hans.schuttenbeld @guidodeboer @ivo.brouwer1 maand geleden
Me and my @highontype friends started with our ‘WEEK 1’ project. Remember the Alphabet zine we did in 2017? Well, this week we’re going to make the next one. We’re aiming on extreme alphabets, to fill the zine with the most beautiful, most crazy, most terrible, most tidy alphabets you’ve seen. During the process we will have one moment for visitors. We’d like to invite a small group of people (max. 12) to my studio in the woods near Utrecht, this Saturday between 4-7pm. If you’d like to drop by, e-mail Guido: email@example.com or send me a personal message. The WEEK 1 Alphabet Zine is going to be released (pre-order) next week! Stay tuned. #highontype #week1 #fanzine #alphabet #zine #alphabetmadness #calligraphy #brushlife #process #wip #letters #lettering1 maand geleden
I’m very grateful for all things that happened the past year, I’ll share a few highlights with you, by word and image. First off: I’ve build my own atelier in a plane hangar in the woods. Although I’m not done yet, this was a large accomplishment this year. Thanks to all who’ve helped me. I had the pleasure to work for a beautiful variety of clients, like @apple, @wired and @wetransfer. I could teach and exhibit in several parts of the world. Doing a masterclass at the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow (@tretyakov_gallery) was certainly a special one, thanks! Also exhibiting in Copenhagen for @comiccitrone was a great opportunity. Traveling with the @highontype team to @typomania_festival in Moscow was great and a lot of fun. Also had a solo show, a duo show and a group show in the museum. The festival we’ve organised with High on Type, All Eyes On Type, was a blast. So much fun to include so many of our favourites from the type and calligraphy world, like: @underwarefoundry @job_wouters @lucabarcellona @contrastfoundry @jeroen_erosie @martinmajoor @futurefonts @brucetmc @berndvolmer @analphabetics.be @justvanrossum We did 6 vinyl releases with @illconsideredmusic, two of them double LP’s. A huge accomplishment for the musicians of this project: Leon, Emre, Idris and Satin. @leon.illconsidered @idris.rahman_ @emre_ill_considered @satin.singh Still had time left to make uncommissioned works, will continue with this when things are calm again very soon. Also did a few large wallpaintings, one for @atypi_org and one for @studiosteltman recently. Have a look at the images and thanks all!1 maand geleden
The other week I gave a class ‘Understanding Calligraphy’ at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. For the ‘Work-Workshop’ project, by Team Wip. @wittedewith__ #rotterdam #calligraphy #understandingcalligraphy #wittedewith #contemporaryart #vincentdeboer1 maand geleden
A few weeks ago I did a calligraphy commission, been a while! For the ‘Internationalization Meet Up’ organised by @stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries Fund NL organized a meet-up at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. (@nieuweinstituut) During the meet-up, speakers from Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco shared their expertise about the political, cultural and social context in their countries and used a great diversity of projects to convey their experiences in the creative field. A lot of interesting names are on the table! I made one typo though… very sorry for that. Someone’s able to spot it? Guess so… #calligraphy #vincentdeboer #pointedbrush1 maand geleden