Wanderlust


"Travel and exploration are a huge source of inspiration for Ton Leenarts. The 1990s saw him travel to India, a trip that would come to influence his work for the next decade : the frenetic atmosphere of the cities, the mix of religion with the kitsch and the vibrant Bollywood culture made for appealing subject matter. In the 2000s he became preoccupied with ancient cultures and mythology, a recurrent theme in his more recent work.

From Ancient Egypt to Persia and on to Mexico. Leenarts’ painting style is constantly evolving to incorporate the various techniques acquired on his journeys. Often, his pieces are exuberantly colourful and exotic, yet lack linear perspective and have an overriding sense of artifice. This flattening of space is a technique borrowed from Egyptian painting while the filter of artificiality is inspired by Persian Mughal miniatures. Leenarts’ work is also affected by the paintings of Gauguin and Pop-art combining dreamy imagery with a stylised Pop edge. "

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

under construction

2020




2020 - Kunstzentrum Wachsfabrik

- Ton Leenarts - neue Bilder - 
präsentiert von Rupprecht Stempell

2020 - Galerie Delphi form

- Viaducten - 


2019

2019 - Kunststation Bunker H101, Cologne



2019 - Kunststation Bunker H101, Cologne



2019 - Projektarbeit, Bonn

Fresco " El Laberinto de la Soledad", Café Especial, Bonn


2018

2018 - ARCAM

De Noord/zuidlijn op doek


2018 - ARCAM



2018 - ARCAM



2018 - ARCAM

meeting up with old friends at the opening night


2017

2017 - Tropenmuseum

- The Buddha - 


2017 - Galleria Patrick Domken

-Col + lectiva - 


2017 - Galleria Patrick Domken

 


2016

2016 - Museum of New Art, Detroit


2016 - T.A.O. Gallery, Amsterdam

De Noord/zuidlijn


2016 - Centro de Culturas, Cadaqués



2015 

2015 - Galeria Nou Milenni, Barcelona, Spain


2015 - Galeria Nou Milenni, Barcelona, Spain



2015 - Amsterdam Museum



2015 

2014 - Gallery Delphi form, Zwolle

- The Enigma of Desire - 


2014 - Gallery Zeidoros, Kythira, Greece

- 46 Small Paintings - 


2014 - Gallery Zeidoros, Kythira, Greece



2010 / 2013 - IKIZ Galerie Zaandam // Warehouse Loods 6, Amsterdam // Coda Museum, Apeldoorn // Gallery Claudia Marr, Santa Fé, NM, U.S.A