Iconoclasm is a genuine recognition of the power of the work of art. Nigel Halliday


Meer, David van der

David van der Meer


I was born in 1979 and grew up in Wolvega, The Netherlands, where I spent my first 20 years. After having completed a degree in marketing and communication I went to the Art Academy in Kampen to study painting. I graduated in 2004 and received a starter’s stipend to develop my work further. In 2006 I was nominated for the Buning Brongers Prize.
In 2007 I settled down in Assen, The Netherlands. Alongside my painting I have focused on educational and community art projects.  
Motivation and Inspiration
From childhood art has had an attraction to me. Because of this I felt the urge to start making work myself. Just about anything around me can function as an inspiration to me. The main theme in my work is the creation. I often make use of symbolism, like doves, fish and sunflowers. My biggest challenge is to integrate my personal emotions and convictions in a subtle manner into my work. My hope is that every viewer may be touched by my work, if only to a small extent, which desire springs my social character and faith. That is also the reason why I am involved in community art projects. It is my hope that through them many people may have an experience of community and art. In this way I want to make people aware of God’s grandeur and creation. 
My Work
In my work I use a combination of various painting techniques, through which I try to develop a new visual language. I use mainly oil paint, as this allows me to work with thick layers of paint. The combination of these with smoothly painted elements produce an alienating effect that I find interesting. 

1. With Three Sunflowers, a Rabbit, a Dog and a few Fish (The Trinity 1), 125 x 100 cm, oil on linen, 2011. This painting is about the creation. The three sunflowers symbolize the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  

2. Three Sunflowers (The Trinity 3), 145 x 200 cm, oil on linen, 2012.  

3. With Five Fish, 140 x 140 cm, oil on linen, 2011. This painting contains many different elements.  
4. Rabbit, 22 x 29 cm, oil on linen, 2009.  
5. Waiting124 x 86 cm, oil on canvas, 2011. The three waiting girls are not aware that what they are waiting for, the peace dove, has already arrived.