Coen Vunderink

Born in 1979 in Dalfsen, The Netherlands
Lives in Roden and works in Haren, The Netherlands

Painting and sculpture are closely connected in Coen Vunderink’s studio practice. Sculptural works function as a motif in his paintings, while he takes a painterly approach to many of his sculptures. The impetus for this cross-pollination is Vunderink’s interest in the genesis, the creation of the work of art, and the interplay of forces that comes into effect to enable this process. His recent paintings, created with spray paint, home in on the dualism between figure and ground, between monochrome and stereoscopy, in painted constellations that appear to vibrate gently.

Using bare canvas as both the medium and the first layer, Vunderink applies vibrating layers of spray-painted photographic negatives picturing everyday objects and materials like carpets, lace, flowers or doormats. This creates photogram-like, monochrome imagery that is both familiar and abstract. To these images, Vunderink adds sparse, expressive brushstrokes, using traditional homemade egg tempera because of its transparency and subdued lighting.

Classifying Vunderink’s work is difficult, and quite deliberately so. For at its heart is the interplay between mediums and art forms such as sculpture, photography and painting. By using photographic and sculptural works as source material for his paintbrush-and-egg-tempera paintings, he straddles the line between material and image, figuration and abstraction, tradition and modernity.

Vunderink’s artistic methods have evolved intuitively and experimentally. Yet the works they create have a deliberate duplicity that serves to express the artist’s ambivalence about both reason and emotion, or order and chaos, as well as his wonder at life and the possibilities of art.

Original Art and Editions by Coen Vunderink


2018 Only dead fish go with the flow, melklokaal, Heerenveen
2017 Omdat het kan, installatie in De Kelder bij Vrijdag, Groningen
2016 Genesis #1, Studio Coen Vunderink, De Biotoop, Haren
2015 Paradise, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
2014 bG003, Coen Vunderink at Bur0 Gr0ningen, NP3, Groningen
2013 ‘Its not a house, it’s a home!’, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam
2008 ‘Room with a view’, Galerie Sign, Groningen


2018 Man and Nature, curated by Patty Morgan, Gasunie, Groningen

– Secret Postcard Sale, We like Art, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
– Art Noord, solostand Melklokaal, Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen
– BiotOpendag, installation Genesis, Kerklaan 30, Haren Natural Kinds, Melklokaal, Heerenveen
– REGENERATE #2, A way of screen printing, De Vishal, Haarlem

– Kirschenpflücker EÖ, 4 nov – 18 nov, Kunstverein Koelnberg e.V., Köln
– Melklokaal invites NULVIJFTIG, Melklokaal, Heerenveen
– Vrij naar Mankes, Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen
– Regenerate #1, HORIZONVERTICAAL, artist-run project space, Haarlem
– Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Museumplein Amsterdam
– Lust for life painting today, 21 -24 april, We like art, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
– Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam

– If only I was more like you, Judith Kisner and Coen Vunderink, Raum linksrechts, Hamburg, Germany
– The Fantastic Expedition of Painting #2, curated by K09, LaKaserna, Bad Nieuweschans
– Glasgrün, Kunstverein Mischpoke e.V., Mönchengladbach, Germany
– Matthew Allen, Harry Markusse, Coen Vunderink, PS Projectspace, Amsterdam

– NULVIJFTIG-1, Vrijdag, Groningen
– Kunstenaars uit de Biotoop, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Groningen
– Pop-Up Art Store #1, DK, Groningen
– There is no I, W139, Amsterdam

– Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam
– Rearranging reality, Galerie SIGN, Groningen
– Art Rotterdam, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Rotterdam
– Prospects and Concepts, Mondriaan Fonds, Rotterdam

– Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam
– Everything’s alright forever, Paradise Row Gallery, London, United Kingdom
– Art Rotterdam, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Rotterdam

– Summer Show, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam
– Psychopomp Counsel, De Ateliers, Amsterdam

2010 Vlammenstad, CBK Zeeland, Middelburg
2009 Tien gezichten van de werkelijkheid, Galerie 14-16, De Koog, Texel

– Nieuwe Uitleenschatten in de Der Aa Kerk, CBK/SBK Amsterdam, Groningen
– Lentesalon, Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura, Groningen

2007 Koninklijke Prijs Voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag