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In Peter Royen's paintings the colour white is omnipresent. For him geometry, right angles, squares, rectangles, bars fit well with white. Sometimes they get lost in it, or even dissolve. In the silence of the clear structures, the white balances the delicate combination of form and language of his pictures in the foreground.

His colour of choice was not white from the beginning. The first pictures of his first exhibition featured red. But because art critics then spoke about the intense color as it moved through the forms, something had to be done. Peter Royen: "The red had to go, so that my forms could be better heard. Nothing should distract from the essence!.." Peter Royen creates his own environment, with the greatest concentration, clarity and honesty.

2011 FlowFineArt presented him with a different, lesser-known aspect of his work. For forty years a collection ofbeautiful woodcuts has remained in the dark, but can now be seen in a fine selection. The central theme of his woodcuts, and hand prints, is the artist's wife Christine. She inspired the then 28-year-old artist with a very special atmosphere that shines through in the prints.
During the same period he created the plaster models that will be exhibited for the first time with us in this form. Originally formed as a template for casting metal casting, they are reflected in the contrast of Royen's painting the same silence and emptiness of his work (again). Like his paintings, they are rather quiet, but here the most dynamic, with constant flow and movement.

For more than five decades the 88-year-old Peter Royen has been known as an intensive Ambassador of Fine Arts far beyond the borders of Dsseldorf, where he has lived since 1946.
He dedicates himself with exceptional sensitivity and power of art and firmly stands for the "freedom of art" and "respect for the artist".
His great cultural and political commitment to the visual arts led far beyond the borders of Dsseldorf, such as in receiving of the Federal Cross of Merit.

His paintings can be found in major museums and numerous private collectors - the Dutch royal family has acquired several works. And not just because Peter Royen comes from the Netherlands: "My pictures are not loud, but very intense, and through time they just do not let you go." Peter Royen has absolutely no trace of showmanship, the noted art critic Professor Werner Schmalenbach has called him the "Painter of Silence".

He wrote about Royen:

"Of course he is, as each of his images, extraordinarily sensitive. But sensitivity is not much more than a commodity. It's what you make of it. Peter Royen makes "his own quiet, lyrical, gently breathing images between the poles of the confines of the picture and the freedom of painting. He is a painter of silence. "


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Biography
1923 born in Amsterdam/Netherlands
1946 - 1949 Academie of Arts Dusseldorf
1949 - 1953 Member "Rheinische Sezession"
1956 Member "Group 53"
1960 Member "Group Europa"
1996 Honorary Award of Villa Massimo, Rom/Italy
2003 Honorary Member of the Artists Assossiation "Malkasten", Dusseldorf
2013 Deceased 19th June
Single Exhibitions (selection)
1954 Museo d'Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo/Brazil
1977 Kunsthalle Dusseldorf
1992 Kunsthalle Kobe, Kobe/Japan
1995 Muse Jenisch, Vevey/Switzerland
2002 Museum Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort/Netherlands
2003 Malkasten, Dsseldorf
2005 Kunst aus NRW, Aachen-Kornelimnster
2006 "53x53 - Eine leise Retrospektive", Galerie arteversum, Dusseldorf
2008 "Peter Royen sieht Rot", Galerie arteversum, Dusseldorf
2011 Galerie Broft, Leerdam/Netherlands
Group Exhibitions (selection)
1961 Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland
1962 tedelijk Museum, Peter Stuyvesant-Collectie Amsterdam/Netherlands
1966 Muse des Beaux Arts, Neuchtel/Switzerland
1993 Peter Royen und seine Freunde,
Kunsthalle Dusseldorf
2003 Gruppe 53, Museum der Stadt Ratingen
2007 Altes Museum, Mnchengladbach
"24|7 - Die 24 Stunden des Tages",
Galerie arteversum, Dusseldorf
Collections (selection)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Netherlands
Kunstmuseum, Basel/Switzerland
Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg
Osaka City Museum, Osaka/Japan
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
Collection Queen Beatrix und Prince Claus of Netherlands
Muse des Beaux-Arts, Brssel/Belgium
Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf