Leon van den Eijkel – Listen to the Colours

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For more than 20 years artist Leon van den Eijkel has employed colour in an ongoing dialogue between his homeland in the Netherlands and his emigration to the South Pacific. Known for his bold colour combinations, Van den Eijkel is influenced by the primary colours of European modernism and the vivid colour palette of Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment – what he calls the Pacific Colours. This locally inspired colour range features in Van den Eijkel’s latest exhibition, Listen to the Colours, in a selection of colour-coded abstract paintings and colour-coated readymade sculptures.

Leon van den Eijkel, Four Squares 05 (2012). Courtesy of the artist and Bath Street Gallery.
Leon van den Eijkel, Four Squares 05 (2012). Courtesy of the artist and Bath Street Gallery.


Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Exhibition dates: 31 July to 6 September
Opening: 30 July 6 – 8pm | all welcome

Artists’ floor talk

Date: Saturday 29 August, 11am to 12.30pm Entry: free
Come and learn about artists Leon van den Eijkel, Niki Hastings-McFall and Jeff Thomson as they discuss their art in the current exhibitions.

Leon van den Eijkel’s work appears courtesy of Bath Street Gallery

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, Homestead Galleries
2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland

About the artist:

Born in 1940 at The Hague, Netherlands, Leon van den Eijkel is an artist of Dutch descent who currently lives and works in Henderson, Auckland. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts at The Hague between 1958 and 1963 before leaving the Netherlands and migrating to New Zealand in 1986. Over his career, van den Eijkel has worked with light-boxes, sculpture, painting and completed multimedia installations which utilise reflective surfaces and colours. All the while, his works are often based around his own relationship between his homeland in the Netherlands and his new home in the Pacific. Widely exhibited internationally in Europe, the USA and in New Zealand, van den Eijkel is represented in public and private museum collections including: Museum of Modern Art (New York); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Ghent, Belgium); and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand (Wellington). In 1998 he completed a major outdoor sculpture for the Keystone Trust Sculpture Project at The Farm in Auckland, and has since received significant commissions for installations including: A Walk in the Clouds (2004), for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the New Zealand Embassy at The Hague, Netherlands; Cross (Road), Sculpture on the Gulf (2009), Waiheke Island; and The Remembrance Windmill, Sculpture by the Sea (2009), Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. Leon van den Eijkel is represented by Bath Street Gallery in Auckland and Bowen Galleries in Wellington.


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