Auteursarchief: bonenockle1981



2019, March

Patchy & Sketchy

10 EUR

published: March 2019 by Knust Press

– 19,6 x 27,3 mm
– 26 pages
– multiple risograph colors
– perfect bound

Patchy & Sketchy is the result of the 11th edition of the ‘Master Apprentice’ project by Kunstpodium T.
For this project, Jan Dirk (the founder of Knust) worked with four young artists whose work deals considerably with color:

Rob Smulders, Marina Heuvelman, Flexboj & L.A.

This book contains work of all four artists and each cover is unique.

Buyable @ Extrapool:


2019 February.

Now on Galleryviewer represented by Josilda da Conceição Gallery



27.08.2018 Trendbeheer


23.08.2018 Witte Rook


23.06.2018 Next up




21 November – 27 December

Homerun#2: “De Mens” – Groupshow, Willem Twee Kunstruimte, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Summer 2020 (stay connected for exact date)

 “Pattern & Surface Matter(s)” – Duo show Rob Smulders & Jan Kuhlemeier, Kunstloc – Lochal, Tilburg, The Netherlands



11 May – 8 June

“Influence” – Groupshow – Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


7-31 March

“Patchy & Sketchy” –  Groupshow – Temporary Art Centre (TAC), Eindhoven, The Netherlands (AMP Project)




1-2 December

Pavia Art Talent Show -Groupshow,  Palazzo Esposizioni, Pavia, Italy,


8-14 November

International Modern Art Exhibition – Groupshow @KEPCO Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (Gallery Harang / 하랑갤러리 – 국내외 기획전시 전문 갤러리)


31 October – 4 November

Moment of Trust – Groupshow, Hotel Solo, Club Solo Breda, The Netherlands (Artist Initiative Tenthaus Oslo)


29-30 September , 5-7 October

Art Parma Fair, Italy


2-12 August,

Muzerije – Groupshow, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands


29 June – 1 July 

 Next Up show – Groupshow , Atelier Rozenstraat, Tilburg , The Netherlands


18-20 May

Lucca Art Fair, Italy


6-9 April 

Arte Vicenza Art Fair, Italy


16-18 March 

Vernice, Art Fair, Forlí, Italy


16-19 February 

Arte Genua, Art Fair, Italy


13-15 January

Bergamo Art Fair, Italy

Rob Smulders (Boxtel, December 16, 1981)  is a Experimental Visual Artist and creative coach who works in the city of Tilburg (the Netherlands).



All Colors do have an effect on us in a certain way. Together they can communicate new values to the viewer. They can cause emotions, but in the same time add something to the perception and the experience of the viewer.


The main subject is paint in the way it manifests itself as color on a surface. In order to achieve new results Smulders excludes conventional techniques of painting. For years he started working in an abstract way after his time (2014) on an Fine Arts Academy (Arendonk, Fine Arts) in Belgium, where his education was classical. In 2018 he graduated from the Academy for Art Education & Design (Tilburg, The Netherlands).

For Smulders the process of painting looks like a scientific experiment, repeatedly testing the regular and irregular qualities of paint. In producing a work I react on the moves on the canvas with gravity doing a big part of the job. Rhythms and repetitions are essential. In his work he deals with a complexity in which a continuity manifests itself. For years Smulders has been studying codes. These codes are transformed in a repertoire of paintings.

The process of making his colourful paintings is essential. Step-by-step Smulders applies paint  on an installed surface and he lets gravity do its work. The painting paints itself: the paint drips down over the flat surface and creates a(n) (un)controlled pattern of lines and forms.

Abstract expressionism was more or less basic in all my work. My work shows mainly the aspect of abstraction and experiment, as far as the concept matters.

Artist Statement

Nowadays we are living in a digitally dominated era. Everything´s fluid and time and attention for things of interest vanishes. For Smulders it is of utmost importance to capture these digital expressions in an analogue scripture. His early work is based on the ‘The Human Printer’ principal. According to this principal digital codes and tasks are the key elements for analogue conceptual art.
In his working process Smulders is constantly looking for unconventional techniques to produce works whereby room arises for experiment. After his classical education he freed himself from the figurative approach and started to specialize in a more conceptual direction. Abstract experimental works with an emphasis of the way paint shows itself on a surface, are the expression of this.

The imperfection within the perfection is something intriguing for him all his life. It stands for living in the moment by the power of imperfection and deficiency.

In order to express my emotions I use paint to get a certain expression on the canvas. My work never have come into existence, if I wouldn’t have been busy studying the binary system. In fact half of the world is functioning with binary systems and we all are more and more dependent on digitalisation.

Calculations and encodings are intriguing for me all my life through. In the process of working I am constantly looking for irregularities. I transform these irregularities in order to create an new picture. Mistakes don’t exist, are treated as irregularities. These irregularities are the exact opposite the rigid binary ‘orthodox’ system. In life it’s all about equilibrium and finding the right balance as in Yin and Yang.

Rob Smulders

Tilburg (NL)

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