Vincent de Boer

Kunstenaar, Kalligraaf, Lettermaker

Discipline: Beeldende kunst


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)

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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 @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!

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