Ton Dubbeldam was
born in the small town of Schoonhoven, Holland, in 1957. His father was
a musician and his grandfather a painter. As a boy, his passion for art
was fueled by trips to Paris and the French countryside, where he was
inspired by the works of Impressionist masters like Van Gogh, Degas,
Monet, and Klimt.
From Klimt, he
learned to do the either very high or very low horizons for which he is
known. Through these unique views (as through the eyes of a child), the
water and sky are strongly accented. This technique is combined with a
particular light effect ("repousser") that Dubbeldam creates by pushing
the light to the rear of the painting and making the foreground very
dark. Dubbeldam says, "You take a step into the painting and follow the
light." Ton Dubbeldam studied for six years to become an art teacher,
but after teaching only two years, he decided to paint full time when
his own artwork started selling throughout Europe.
His paintings are
shown in galleries throughout the United States and in Europe, where he
resides in the Netherlands with his family.
In his 35-year career
as an painter, Ton Dubbeldam developed his own style with a combination
of realism, impressionism, pointillism and luminism. He paints a world
full of form, color and light in a pleasant rhythm. Figurative and
abstract at the same time. Dubbeldam's fusion of these two counterparts
after years of experimenting and steadily making it his trademark. It is
this specific style that connects the visual world with its own
experience. The choice of subject is diverse; northern light versus the
warm and colorful Mediterranean light, but also the extravagant life of
the rich & famous versus the intimate light in nature.
1976 - 1978 Academy Minerva Groningen, the
study drawing and painting
1978 - 1983 Academy Minerva Groningen, the
1st degree teacher drawing and art history
Jones & Terwilliger proudly represents Ton
Dubbeldam in California.