Ice-Painting 2020

The last 3 years den Houter is working on ice-paintings. These paintings exists of frozen paint, when shown they slowly melt, ending in a pool of paint on the floor leaving a trace on the wall. The paintings transforms during their existence in shape and colour. They drip and thus make sound. The composition of the painting is
made using different techniques. Different colors on top of each other, transparency of layers and the viscosity of the paint all add to the final image and transformation of the melting painting. With a series of small paintings together a bigger painting is created where each individual painting influences the other ones.
The paintings are confronting the audience with something elusive. As a sunset in the sky, always changing beautiful but impossible to catch. It’s distorting and comforting at the same time.

A painting which directly transforms into a memory.

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Daan den Houter


Daan den Houter (NL, 1977) is a multidisciplinary artist that works and lives in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Bringing multiple, contradictory, subjects together in the same single work den Houter creates pieces that are in conflict with themselves. They trigger the discussion about their own value and the viewer’s opinion.

Den Houter is granted by the Dutch Mondriaanfund with a proven talent grant (2017-2020). His work is adapted in the collection of the Dutch Embassy Berlin, Museum Ferropolis, British Museum, Jeremy Cooper mail art-collection, Benny Sings art-collection, MAL-Collection, UMC-Collection, collection Jaap Sleper, collection Oscar Larik and the collection of Carla and Hugo Brown. Shown at various museums and galleries including; Kunsthal (NL), GEM the Hague (NL), museum Boijmans van Beuningen (NL), Art Festival Watou (BE), Galerie Frank Taal (NL), Roberts & Tilton (USA), Torrence Art Museum (USA) and Atkinson Art- gallery (GB).

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