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Nel Pak
updated: 08/02/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Monkey rock
Territory of isles
Monkey 1
Monkey 2
Joy
Primates 1
Happy 2010 (New Year's greeting card)
portraiture/Amehata, Japan
face and ink stone portrait/ Kenshoan suzuri museum, Amehata, Japan
Monkey Rock
Man portrait 7 (one of a series of 10)
ink drawing workshop Hoorn, NL
studio ink drawing workshop, Utrecht, NL
Happy 2011 (New Year's greeting card)
studio overview showing parts 2-3 of 'Necessary objects' ink drawing and 60 of 300 small landscape drawings on the back of address/greeting card,
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, memory, consumer culture, dreams, landscape, narrative, collaborative, gestural
 
 
Monkey rock by Nel Pak
Monkey rock
temporary ink mural drawing, Art Lease Hoorn, NL
2010
87.8 " x  206 " 
Territory of isles by Nel Pak
Territory of isles
ink, watercolor & clippings on paper
2008
142 " x  492 " 
Monkey 1 by Nel Pak
Monkey 1
ink on paper
2009
27.6" x  39.4" 
Monkey 2 by Nel Pak
Monkey 2
ink on paper
2009
27.6" x  39.4" 
Joy by Nel Pak
Joy
watercolor woodblock print edition 18
2009
10.2" x  7.09" 
Primates 1 by Nel Pak
Primates 1
ink on paper/collage
2009
27.7 " x  71.5 " 
Happy 2010 (New Year's greeting card) by Nel Pak
Happy 2010 (New Year's greeting card)
color stencil print/number stamp/drawing; edition ca. 250
2010
4.13 " x  5.91 " 
portraiture/Amehata, Japan by Nel Pak
portraiture/Amehata, Japan
ink on paper
2010
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face and ink stone portrait/ Kenshoan suzuri museum, Amehata, Japan by Nel Pak
face and ink stone portrait/ Kenshoan suzuri museum, Amehata, Japan
ink on paper
2010
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Monkey Rock by Nel Pak
Monkey Rock
ink on paper
2010
13.7" x  10.6" 
Man portrait 7 (one of a series of 10) by Nel Pak
Man portrait 7 (one of a series of 10)
ink on paper
2010
53.3" x  27.6" 
ink drawing workshop Hoorn, NL by Nel Pak
ink drawing workshop Hoorn, NL
ink on paper
November 6, 2010
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studio ink drawing workshop, Utrecht, NL by Nel Pak
studio ink drawing workshop, Utrecht, NL
ink on paper
December 18, 2010
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Happy 2011 (New Year's greeting card) by Nel Pak
Happy 2011 (New Year's greeting card)
watercolor woodblock print/number stamp/hand writing, edition ca. 250
2011
4.13 " x  5.91 " 
studio overview showing parts 2-3 of 'Necessary objects' ink drawing and 60 of 300 small landscape drawings on the back of address/greeting card,  by Nel Pak
studio overview showing parts 2-3 of 'Necessary objects' ink drawing and 60 of 300 small landscape drawings on the back of address/greeting card,
ink on paper
2011
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Artist Statement

Nel Pak: drawings, printmaking and the Archive

The areas I work in are drawing, printmaking and the Archive. In drawing on paper with ink, I am mostly using a soft, sharply tapered brush as is used in China and Japan for painting and calligraphy.  The dimensions of my drawings vary from approximately A4 size to very large.
That which grips me when drawing: the powerful lines, repetition of lines, sharp definitions of flat (decorated) surfaces juxtaposing planes of empty paper, the empty spaces which are created, the suggestion of depth that’s minimal at best, the side scene type of perspective.
In general, people have been the prominent subject matter in my drawings and prints. I created images of people and objects: the close connection of people with the objects with which they live; the chaos and confusion that can arise through overabundance. Whatever I depict is a particular attentive view that people have for an object, or the intense concentration with which they focus on an activity, so that they can lose themselves in an act. In most of the drawings, the people show animalistic traits: a look from a predatory bird, the watchfulness of cats, the agility of apes.

Since my travelling in Japan 2009 and 2010 I am exploring the brush strokes of suibokuga (literally: ‘water ink image’). Soho Nakano, a Shizuoka based artist  taught me in these techniques. Together with Rotterdam (NL) based graphic designer Steffen Maas I am working at a project exploring character, history and materials of ink drawing and writing, travelling Japan, Korea and China in the upcoming years. We focus on the “4 treasures of the study”: ink, ink stone, brush and paper. We will finally edit a series of 3 books about this issue. (see: http://www.steffenmaas.nl/drukwerk/nel_pak_kunstenaar)

Finally, the Archive is a way of recycling earlier drawings, prints and other materials, mostly in collaboration with Rotterdam artist Michel van Adrichem.  See: http://demain.home.xs4all.nl/ruimtebezetten/Data/project/projindex.htm?http%3A//demain.home.xs4all.nl/ruimtebezetten/Data/project/collectief.htm

and http://www.aanschouw.nl/index.php?pageID=3&itemID=328

 

Artist Bio / CV

Nel Pak

Born 1957 Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Studio: Alkhof 57c 3582 AX Utrecht
nelpak@planet.nl

Education

2002 Artist in Residence, Japanese woodblock printmaking; Nagasawa Art Park, Tsuna, Japan

1988-1993 Gerrit Rietveldacademie Amsterdam, drawing and painting

1975-1983 Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, Netherlands literature and linguistics

Selection of Solo and Group Exhibitions

2011

Kyoto Art Festival, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Japan

International moku hanga conference, Kyoto & Awaji, Japan

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

2010

Kyoto Art Festival, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum & Kei-fu Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

‘Summer of Love, Wall Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

‘Buitengewoon’, several locations in Hoorn, NL

2009

Kanagawa  Arts Foundation, Yokohama, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Nagasawa 13 woodblock prints portfolio ‘Surimono International; Woodblock & Poetry, Impact 6 International Printmaking Conference, Bristol, UK

Kyoto Art Festival, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum & Kei-fu Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2008

‘Gensyn med Rylens Kyster’, Johannes Larsen Museet, Kerteminde, Denmark

’24 duinovergangen’ year project; ‘Territory of isles’, Bewaerschole, Burgh-Haamstede, NL 
2007
Nagasawa Ten woodblock prints portfolio ‘A Time and a Place’, Impact 5 International Printmaking Conference, Tallinn, Estonia
‘Hiding Goods’, Alarm, Beugen, NL
‘Archief Wit’ (with Michel van Adrichem in Collective Archive), Galerie De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, NL
‘Drie’ (with Leo van den Herik and Anja Roemer), Kunstliefde, Utrecht, NL
2006
‘Landschap der dingen’, (with Gerard van den Berg), Laboratorio, Utrecht, NL
CIAC (Centre International d’Art Contemporain), Pont Aven, France
DIC Color Square, Tokyo, Japan
2005
Besselaar hedendaagse kunst galerie, Utrecht, NL
Impact 4 International Printmaking Conference, Berlin/Poznan