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World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 227 - Corine Barendregt


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World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 227 – Corine Barendregt

In 2015 Corine Barendregt made a print of clay on canvas. The print did not produce what she wanted, but the clay with ink was an interesting image. This is how her work in ceramics started. She began experimenting with clay. One day her eye fell on a structure of a manhole cover.

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That manhole cover was the starting point for a whole new series of works based on a pattern, a structure, a symmetry. Corine: “A whole new world opened up for me. ‘I can work anywhere’, I realized. From now on, I took clay with me on holiday or bought clay on the spot to make prints. I took the tiles that were created in this way home, painted them with engobe and then had them baked and glazed. ”

She now has dozens of these tiles with a size of approximately 24 x 24 cm. On the back of the tiles are the coordinates of the place where the print was made. She made tiles in Chile, Canada, Germany, Greece, England and Finland. And of course many in The Hague.

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Corine graduated in 2007 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with paintings. “I painted an abstracted reality.” She was then and is still fascinated by certain shapes: a white clip with which you close a bag of bread, the bottom of a bottle rack. On her phone she shows more shapes that appeal to her. A measuring tape, a fire hose, a window that is held with suction cups. “I saw the latter in Liverpool. Immediately I thought: ‘I need to do something with that’.”

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Simplicity and minimal

With visual artist Lucius Pax and photographer Sanna van Renesse, she regularly visits places that inspire her, such as abandoned buildings or parking garages. All three are attracted to simplicity and the minimal. With their artists’ collective ONA they record this on photos. “It doesn’t have to be perfect. If there is something loose or crooked with my tiles, I think that is only beautiful. The raw then comes to the fore, how it really is. “

In 2016 she had an exhibition of her tile works in Athens. “Artists’ initiative Elders had invited me. A German collector bought four works from me.” Corine Barendregt regularly exhibits and participates in the Open Ateliers The Hague every year.

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Corine was born on a farm in Nagele in the Noordoostpolder. This polder is located on the former Zuiderzee and was drained in 1942. Nagele is the village that was designed in the fifties by architects from De Acht and Opbouw, including Gerrit Rietveld. After the Second World War, stones and masons were still scarce, and prefab concrete elements were used for the first time to build sheds. Her father also had such a shed. “In the barn there were agricultural tools, machines and you could find all kinds of other tools. My fascination for materials and the raw goes back to that. I only became aware of that much later. When I walk around in barns or in a yard, I always look at patterns and structures. And if you look closely at my father’s barn, you will also see a tile pattern in it! ”

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”During the academy period I made a painting of tractor tracks. I had asked my father to ride the canvas with his tractor. The shape of the tires became visible. I then sprayed acrylic sealant on it, so that the traces remained good. It was a reverse print. At that time at the academy I was very interested in etching technology, working with linoleum and wood carving. It provides simple and clear images. “

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The world of the past in the Noordoostpolder and now in the city come together in the work: the simplicity and minimalism of the polder caught in the patterns and structures of the city.

“A few years ago we were on vacation in San Christobal and the surrounding area in Mexico. We ended up at a Maya printing company. They made very beautiful books with handmade paper, with naive, primitive illustrations.” She shows the book with the title ‘Incantations’. The cover is a kind of sculpture and the book contains black and white prints of people, animals and houses. “I think the purity, the direct, is fantastic.”

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In 2001 she did the orientation year of the Royal Academy. From 2002 she did the evening study. “A whole new world opened up for me. I got to know all kinds of materials. We had painting weeks, went to museums, Biennales. It was a great time, something I had always wanted. I’m glad I did the academy when I was a little older. I had already moved on with all kinds of things in life. “

She often visits exhibitions and fairs such as Art Rotterdam and Art The Hague and other art fairs. And of course also museums. “I am happy with Voorlinden. The exhibition ‘Less is More’ was beautiful. “

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The Hague University

Corine Barendregt is not only an artist but also a teacher at The Hague University. It is not surprising that art also plays a role there. “I have set up the ‘Artful Business Creations’ minor with colleagues. That way you can make a link between business and the arts. For example with ‘Design Thinking’. With this you think differently than purely based on business economics principles. It can also help the business world to think differently. We ask students who scrutinize a company to look at themes that play a role in the company in this way. ”

Corine took her students to artist Theo Jansen, who shows his beach animals on the Scheveningen beach, huge colosses of some twenty meters. That way they could learn from his method. “The students asked Jansen ‘Why do you use PVC pipes as the basic material?’. ‘The limitation of the material makes me creative’ was Theo Jansen’s reply.” They can include this in their assignments as a basic principle. She also lets the students work with clay in workshops. She gives the students a glimpse into the kitchen by letting them make clay prints themselves on the street and experience the freedom of the material.

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‘Try to get out of your comfort zone’ is the guideline. “That also applies to myself. In art too, you can quickly retire to a safe environment. It is important to continue to challenge yourself. That gives liberation. “


1) tile DH Central 3 2019, 2) tiles on wall, 3) tile South 2019, 4) 2007, tractor traces in acrylic kit, 40×60 cm, 5) 2018, 25×26 cm N51.545844 E- 0.202512 London, 6) 2019, 20x28cm N52.079804 E4.326810 The Hague Central, 7) prefab barn, 8) workshop minor Artful Business Creations 2018, 9) 2016, 25×25 cm N52.09325 E4.31000 The Hague, 10) 2016, 19×19 cm N52.93694 E5. 78697 Joure highway

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