Eilering, Niels - Artist
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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Niels Eilering was born in 1980 in the quaint eastern village of Schoonbeek in the Netherlands. Educated as an economist and a banker by profession, Eilering says with a smile that he could hardly draw as a kid. He has always been an art lover and has been an avid art collector with his brother for over 10 years. In 2010, he started pursuing different challenges and thus began painting as a hobby. His passion for painting, especially portraiture, grew stronger and stronger by the day. He visited a number of world's renowned museums exploring work of the old masters and their astonishing way of using light. Before he knew it, he was spending long night hours looking at portrait photos on the internet and trying to get every facial detail on the canvas just as it was on the photograph. He is a self-taught artist who finds inspiration in the paintings of the Old Dutch Masters such as Frans Hals, whom he greatly admires. He uses vibrant colors and explores different ways of playing with contrasting light, allowing viewers to use their own fantasy to imagine the face of the person as it really is. He currently focuses on painting on canvas and craft paper, and in addition, he creatively uses iPad drawing tools to create amusing portraits. To this date, he has had three exhibitions: Amsterdam Spuistraat, 2011, with Peter Klashorst (kut en lul show); Amsterdam Spuistraat, 2012, with Peter Klashorst (God shave the queen); St. Paul de Vence, France, 2013, solo exhibition. He was also published in Het Jaarboekkunstenaars in 2012.
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