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A selection of works by Hendrik Kolenberg are currently on display at Gallery KLEI. These works focus on light and the industrial and structural environments of both Sydney where he lives and his birthplace, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
This exhibition was opened by publican and collector, John Ryan on:
Friday, 7 April
Yellow Fence (The Nook Avenue, West Ryde), 2016, oil on gesso on linen, 59 x 77 cm
Hendrik Kolenberg was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1946. With his parents and brother he emigrated to Australia in 1952. He had private lessons in painting from Carl Lock in 1962 and in watercolour with a relative Kas Vandelaar, in 1964. He studied at the South Australian School of Art and Western Teachers College, Adelaide 1965-67, taught art in high schools in South Australia 1968-71 and was an Education Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1972. After two years in Rotterdam, London and The Hague he returned to Australia in 1975 and has since been a curator at state art galleries in Perth, Hobart and Sydney. In 1982 he studied in the Print Room of the British Museum, London for six months and since then has travelled to Europe on a number of occasions, principally in order to be in Holland. Drawing and painting is a constant in his life, first exhibiting his work in Sydney, 1996.
Scenes from the opening night...
Photography by Mikhail Zenon