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)
*Current Brush Grip* Finishing my works for the exhibition here in Sapporo. I have been enjoying my atelier a lot here at Tenjinyama Art Studio! During the atelier period, outside it went from red and yellow leaves to a thick layer of snow. Next week on the 28 opens the exhibition and on the 29th is the reception. For further details please check my previous upload. #artistinresidence #japan #vincentdeboer #highontype #kfheinfonds #naebono #sapporo #shodo #calligraphy #sumi #tenjinyamaartstudio @tenjinyamaas @kfhein @nlinjapan7 uur geleden
This is an interview with me in Double Dagger issue 3. @doubledaggerz is an amazing project by Pat Randle from Nomad Letterpress and Nick Loaring from The Print Project. They printed the full issue by letterpress on a Heidelberg SBB Cylinder Press. As you can see, for the images and details they make custom blocks. I did this work exclusively for this project. There is still copies available, go check it out via their page. Thanks Pat and Nick for being part of this! #letterpress #doubledagger #heidelberg #calligraphyprintedwithletterpress #printisnotdead #tobereallysureaboutmakingnotypos #publication #vincentdeboer #highontype3 dagen geleden
My exhibition is coming closer! Although I’m still in production-mode, here’s the info already. If you’re close to Sapporo, the reception is on the 29th at Naebono Art Studio. Hope to see you there! なえぼのアートスタジオ レセプション 2019年11月 29日(金) 19:00-21:00 展示 28日(木) - 30日(土) 13:00-19:00 〒060-0032 北海道札幌市中央区北2条東15丁目26-28 〒060-0032 Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 2 Johigashi, 15 Chome−26 28 This project has been realised in collaboration with the K.F. Hein Fonds and with support of the International Culture Policy of the Ambassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo, as well as Fonds Kwadraat. #calligraphy #artistinresidence #japan #vincentdeboer #highontype #kfheinfonds @kfhein @fonds_kwadraat #naebono #sapporo #shodo #sumi @tenjinyamaas #tenjinyamaartstudio 6 dagen geleden
Report from Japan! I wrote a little story about my artist in residence period in Japan -in Dutch only sorry- link in bio. As some of you might know already I’m living and working in Japan for 3 months, a collaborative project with the K. F. Hein Fund from Utrecht. On these photos you see a page from my sketchbook, things that I’ve seen on the streets in Tokyo, an attempt to write shodo with Misato Watanabe, a work from Tapeman, a studio visit at Robbie Cornelissen who is working in Tokyo and a visit at Peter Liedberg’s signpainting studio. Also two pictures in attempt to represent the endless beauty of Japan’s nature. This project has been realised in collaboration with the K.F. Hein Fonds and with support of the International Culture Policy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo, as well as Fonds Kwadraat. #calligraphy #artistinresidence #japan #vincentdeboer #highontype @kfhein #kfheinfonds @fonds_kwadraat @wtnb3310 @letter_boy #tapeman #tapemantokyo2 weken geleden
Some more experiments with single and multi stroke characters. #calligraphy #ink #paper #brush #vincentdeboer #highontype2 weken geleden
Getting in the vibe, today is my first day in my atelier in Sapporo. Doing some warm up double storey a’s. #calligraphy #ink #sumi #brush #artistinresidence #japan #vincentdeboer2 weken geleden
I will soon post a report from Japan, meanwhile here’s a capital and lowercase a that all of a sudden came around the corner. I am making a lot of studies over here in Japan. A lot of new challenges, but every now and then I take a few steps back to feel the comfort of the alphabet. #sketchbook #calligraphy #sumi #ink #paper #vincentdeboer3 weken geleden
The latest edition of Etapes magazine showcasing the works of me and my High on Type friends in the typography special. @highontype @etapes @guidodeboer @boogypaper @hans.schuttenbeld @ivo.brouwer #highontype #vincentdeboer #calligraphy4 weken geleden
I am making a lot of studies over here in Japan. A lot of new challenges, but every now and then I take a few steps back to feel the comfort of the alphabet. Here’s curly A. #sketchbook #calligraphy #sumi #ink #paper #vincentdeboer4 weken geleden
ILL CONSIDERED winter tour! @illconsideredmusic London // Laylow // 26th October London // Jazz Cafe // 12th November Lille // Jazz En Nord // 16th November Brussels // AB // 19th November Helsinki // WEJAZZ // 7th December + More TBA #illconsidered #jazznotjazz #alternativejazz #vincentdeboer #tourposter #illconsideredwinter - @abconcerts @wejazzhelsinki @jazz_en_nord @laylow_london @thejazzcafe1 maand geleden
For those of you speaking Russian: there’s an interview available I did last month in Tokyo with the lovely Irina Smirnova and Max Ilyinov. We went over my sketchbook together and they made some pictures. Nice to see you both again! Visit: http://bit.ly/2BmDHgU #highontype #vincentdeboer #improvisation #calligraphy #atypi #atypi2019 1 maand geleden
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 maand 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 #vincentdeboer2 maanden 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 #atypi20192 maanden 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 #flatbrush2 maanden 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 2 maanden geleden
Cleaning up the atelier before I leave, found this sketch. #atelier #sketch #onestroke 2 maanden 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 #DIY2 maanden 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 #writing2 maanden 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 #calligraphy2 maanden geleden