Peter Harskamp was born on the 28 of March 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam from 1968 till 1973, where he, beside his study in graphical techniques, came in contact with ceramics and sculpture. His first solo exhibition was held in 1975 and since then he has worked as an independent painter and sculptor. (See page: Curriculum Vitae)
Painting and sculpture have always varied and inspired each other. Until 1985 there was a three-dimensional work of ceramic sculptures. Then he proceeded to make bronze sculptures.
His work has been shown throughout the years on even so many exhibitions in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, America (New York) and since 2012 annually in Taiwan. His works are included in business- and private collections around the world. There are regular (solo) exhibitions in several renowned galleries in the Netherlands and Germany, namely Morren Galleries at Utrecht, Gallery A-Quadraat at Vorden, Gallery Laimböck at Langbroek, Kunsthaus Bühler at Stuttgart, Galerie Oocker at Heusden.
In 2005 a book about his work was published titled:
In 2016 a second book was published:
Up until today, his sculpture and his paintings kept on inspiring one another. Peter Harskamp lives and works in Gelderland, The Netherlands.
Description of the work
Despite the difference in disciplines between oil paintings and sculpture in bronze, there are very well points of contact in the work of Peter Harskamp. A clear perceptible tension and a consequently, carried through stylization. Beside that his work has an intense expressive character.In the oil paintings, the subjects are put down in lines, somewhat out of reality and worked out with a rich use of color. The paintings as the sculptures show a similar apparent nonchalant transformation of the reality, with surprising effects and sometimes with humor. He achieves a synthesis between his two dimensional work and his sculpture. Painter/Sculptor Peter Harskamp recreates mankind into monumental beings that concern themselves with relaxing activities such as daydreaming, bathing and just being with an animal. Activities, which modern man allows himself only to a limited extent, but which are his main activities in Peter Harskamp's universe. His human figures are basically invulnerable, because they do not aim at anything. After all, in their disarming naivety, they need not to defend themselves. Thus, the artist creates a type of man that - if it existed - would give the world an entirely new appearance.