About Peter Donkersloot


peter donkersloot in his studio

Peter Donkersloot (April 8, 1959) was born in Arnhem. After his studies at the Arnhem Art Academy, Peter was a freelance illustrator for various publishing and advertising agencies. In his spare time he painted artistically. At the end of 1987, he discovered that work and ambition were no longer compatible and forced himself to make a decision.

Peter Donkersloot paints according to the old 'layer over layer' tradition. Transparent layers on top of each other give the paintings more depth and the colors are 'warmer'. This cannot be achieved by coloring directly from the tube.

The old masters worked in the same way with homemade oil-based oil paint. Due to the slow drying they had to wait, sometimes even weeks, before they could add an extra layer.

This is why many artists, such as Donkersloot, now work with the fast drying acrylic (water based) to achieve the same effects.

Donkersloot also uses screen prints of the painting of old masters, which he covers in whole or in part, with a view to transforming the 'original' into a new, modern painting.

Peter Donkersloot about himself

“I always had the idea that if everything failed, I could go back into the advertising business, although I knew it would never happen. The nature of the art is to show the public what the artist is doing, what he dreams about or what keeps him awake. When I recognized that, I knew I would never return to my former profession. Every art is guided by the thought, "Lord, who am I to do this?" If you do it right, you will be rewarded by an adult audience and that gives you a certain status in life. That is the ultimate position for an artist! ”

“My ambition was to become the best artist in the world, but a qualification like this doesn't exist. Nobody can decide that objectively, because there are no standards for this. Maybe I try to make the ultimate painting, the painting that cannot be described in words.

You want to tell something that cannot be described in words. There must be a stage where words stop and the painting starts. Without a doubt, it is nonsense to talk about it. If I could explain this, the art of painting would become redundant. It is the mindset that cannot be achieved with verbal communication. That's my quest! ”

Peter Donkersloot was involved in and gave his name to Galerie Donkersloot, in the PC Hoofstraat in Amsterdam. Since May 2001 there are no longer any ties with the gallery, and his work is being sold by Peter Donkersloot Galerie on the Spiegelgracht in Amsterdam.