About the artist (1934-2005)
Gerard Verdijk had a long artistic career during which he established a unique form of Abstract Expressionism. As a sharp witted young man the artist created explosive compositions containing abstracted calligraphic script. Whilst maintaining the same vigour, Verdijk’s art evolved and surface density loosened. His later works display colour environments that consist of extraordinary, mystical environments.
On his many travels, notably to Japan, Verdijk developed a profound interest in Zen Buddhism, though he interprets this philosophy with his Dutch down-to-earth mentality. It is Verdijk’s visual translation of Zen Buddhism that enables the viewer to gain deeper insight into this metaphysical philosophy. His work achieves a remarkable tranquility. In this respect, the atmospheric works that define the later part of his career could be described as lonesome landscapes of the soul in the state of meditation.
Besides painting, the artist keenly created mixed media objects using found materials. These works emit an effortless aesthetic, but harbour a discrete symbolism that is akin to his painting.