herman de vries

(1931 in Alkmaar, Netherlands)

herman de vries is a dutch artist. He typically stylises his name in lower-case as herman de vries on his artwork ‘to avoid hierarchy’. De vries works and lives with his wife Susanne in Eschenau near Knetzgau, Germany.

De Vries started painting in the late 1950s. He categorises these paintings as ‘informal’. Using no figuration or colour, the paintings are his first steps towards randomness as a principle of the order. This principle aims to achieve absolute objectivity, and has had a central role throughout his artistic career. Currently, his art focuses on the disrupted relation between humanity and nature. In 2014, herman de vries exhibited his work at the LVI Biennale of Venice (exhibition curated by Cees de Boer e Colin Huizing) and impressed the jury that selected him in the first place.