Artist Residence

2011. Artist-in-residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT, USA

2016. Artist-in-residence at The Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia

The Dutch artist José Heerkens’ exhibition “Noontide” in the Mies van der Rohe House, shows how painting and construction may come together to find a common visual language. In looking at the work, the senses and the intellect are both equally appealed to. Her oil paintings have a strictly geometrical structure. Horizontal and vertical lines divide the raw canvas into individual areas. Within which the paintings reveal themselves exclusively through the language of colour. The artist applies the colour in subtly varying shades from crossing to crossing, reading from left to right and row by row. It is possible to read her paintings like a book, a method which, in combination with the way we perceive colour, reveals surprising connections.

Dr Wita Noack. Catalogue José Heerkens NOONTIDE - Mies van der Roge Haus Berlin, 2016


...The colour gets its form in the length and width of a line, by the touch and the physicality of paint.
The line is an important means to visualize space, both the vertical and the horizontal lines are needed. Yet it is the horizontal line that predominates through the painting process, it pulls the image out, to the sides, towards a horizontal space. The vertical lines create the structure or framework on which the horizontals walk their own rhythm.
In the complexity of the process of painting I strive for simplicity and clearness.
José Heerkens


1979 - 1984 Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Art of Painting, graduated

Educational tours:
Iceland and the Westman Islands, 1980
U.S.A., 1981
Norway, 1982
France - Caves of Lascaux, 1983
Australia and Tasmania, 1992
Germany - Dresden, Jena 1998
Greece - Athens, Delphi, 2001
Italy - Rome, Milan, 2007
Singapore, 2009
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 2009
USA - Artist residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
USA - New York, 2011
China -Beijing, 2014
Latvia - Riga - Daugavpils 2016

in progress, studio December 20161485081004DSC01466.JPG
in progress, studio December 2016