About me

Artist Statement

Behind the cultural landscape

On average I manage to complete twelve paintings a year. They mainly show architectural themes. The images that I use are found in my daily life. Cycling from my home to the studio have been and are of great importance.

In the vicinity of closed factories, construction sites and overgrown junkyards you can see that the difference between thriving industry and, after time, the last vestiges are not so great. Almost everything is still there – it’s just abandoned, discarded, obsolete. In short it is my intention to portray the back of the cultural landscape, which should result in universal images. I will not just make statements on impermanence or criticize consumer society.

First of all I want to show what remains after human presence and activity have ceased. Everything that exists has once been non existent and will without a doubt in the future cease to exist, even though there is a phase in anything we can create or think of may seem beautiful and timeless. My interest starts when that phase is over and something else begins to emerge. I paint, metaphorically speaking, weeds rather than flowers.

Or, as was clearly expressed in an article to accompany the exhibition City and Industry in 2004: “Dennis Teunissen registers with ruthless clarity the surprising beauty of the remains of human economic activity: a continual building up followed by decay, with only dented cars and rusty coal wagons as silent, abandoned witnesses.”(Femke Zijp in Nova Terrra magazine).

Dennis Teunissen

Personal

Born 1974 in Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Living and working in Järna, Sweden

+46 7 3939 8998
info@dennisteunissen.nl
www.dennisteunissen.nl

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2021 ‘Aerialiens and other unfortunate events’, Rammakarna, Stockholm SE
2017 ‘Urban still-life’ Galleri Bergman, Stockholm SE
2017 ‘For the TIME Being’ Galleri Mollbrinks, Uppsala SE
2016 ‘For the TIME Being’ Hölö Kyrkskola, Hölö SE
2014 Konstfrämjandet Sörmland, Eskilstuna SE
2014 ´Bakom Kulturlandskapet´, Bibliotek, Trosa SE
2013 ´Bakom Kulturlandskapet´, Bibliotek, Gnesta SE
2012 City Theater de Leest, Waalwijk NL
2012 Kunstruimte KuuB, Utrecht NL (met Frank Halmans) 
2011 PGGM Pension Fund, Zeist NL
2010 Galerie Kap Pur, Tilburg NL
2010 City Theater, Utrecht NL
2010 ‘Dennis Teunissen Ontvangt’, Oudegracht, Utrecht NL
2009 Galerie Artatra, Zandvoort NL
2008 Galerie Janssen en de Vries, Culemborg NL
2008 TNO Technische Menskunde, Soesterberg NL
2006 Rabobank, Nieuwegein NL
2004 ‘Container’, Fulco Theater (Galerie de Boog), IJsselstein NL
2003 Galerie Het Oude Dorp, De Bilt 18 10 2003
2003 Galerie de Boog
2001 ‘Trash Crash’, Expodium, Utrecht NL
2000 Galerie de Purmeyrmin, Edam NL
1999 Kembo, Veenendaal NL
1998 IP Lijsten, Amsterdam NL
1997 Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Hengelo (Gld) NL
1996 Galerie Rembrandt, Zwolle NL

Group exhibitions

2022 Klimatsalongen SE
2021 Järna Open Art, Järna SE
2021 ‘Avmaskerad’, Hölö Kyrkskola SE (duo with Eman al Nassar)
2021 ‘Grönt liv’, Hölö Kyrkskola SE
2020 Klimatsalongen, Särmlands Museum, Nyköping SE
2020 ‘Blått’, Kulturcentrum Järna SE
2020 ‘Realisme Nu’, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam NL
2019 Järna Open Art, Järna SE
2018 Järna Konstrunda, Järna SE
2017 Höll Kyrkskola, Hölö SE
2017 ‘Möten’, Eskilstuna konstmuseum, Eskilstuna SE
2016 ´Rådhusets Julkalender´, Örebro läns museum, Örebro SE
2014 Gallery Sjöhästen, Nyköping, SE (duo with Robert Oldergaarden)
2014 ‘Ambivalence’ Konstbar, Stockholm SE (duo with Lisa Freese)
2012 Metropolis, Kunstliefde, Utrecht NL
2011 Åhaga Borås Antikmässan, Åhaga, SE
2011 Arts & Antiques Fair, ‘s Hertogenbosch NL
2011 Galerie De Bekoring, Wijk bij Duurstede NL
2010 Affordable Art Fair (Galerie Kap Pur, Tilburg), Amsterdam NL
2010 Open Art Fair (Galerie Artatra, Zandvoort), Utrecht NL
2010 ‘Past Present Future’ – Hot Prospects!, Galerie Frank Welkenhuysen, Utrecht NL
2010 ‘Vreemdgaan’, Pulchri Studio, The Hague NL
2009 ‘Dennis en Daan’, VODW Marketing, Leusden NL (duo with Daan de Jong)
2008 Affordable Art Fair (Galerie Artatra, Zandvoort), Amsterdam NL
2008 ‘Rabobank – Kunst Dichtbij’, Dutch Design Center, Utrecht NL
2007 Galerie 10, Utrecht NL
2007 ‘Salon van de figuratie no.5’ Galerie Utrecht, Utrecht NL
2007 Traverse Galerie, town hall, Bilthoven NL (duo with Daan de Jong)
2005 ´Stad en Industrie´, de Vrijplaats, Amsterdam NL
2004 Werk in Kunst, voormalig Gerechtsgebouw, Utrecht
2003 Verlaten Industrie in de Natuur, HKU Interfaculteit, Utrecht
2003 XPO2, Het Brouwershuis, Nijmegen
2002 50e Kunstmanifestatie, Janskerk, Utrecht
2002 Laaiend!, Brandweerkazerne, Utrecht
2001 (nazoeken), Kunstliefde, Utrecht
2001 RAI Kunstbeurs, Rotterdam
1999 Zomertentoonstelling, Kunstliefde, Utrecht
1999 HKU Festival, eindexamen expositie, Neude, Utrecht NL
1998 Verlaten Industrie in de Natuur, Cittadella dei Musei, Cagliari, Sardinie IT
1998 Verlaten Industrie in de Natuur, Montevecchio, Sardinie, IT
1998 Vers 4, Academie Galerie, Utrecht

Assignments

2015 digital work ´En Resa´- Rådhusets julkalender (collection city of Örebro SE)
2012 painting ‘Nighthawks (after Hopper)’ (private collection)
2012 painting ‘Het Gerucht (after Moesman)’ (private collection)
2010 painting ‘Wijk bij Duurstede – Gallery De Bekoring’ (private collection)
2011 painting ‘Utrecht – Oudegracht 239’ (private collection)
2010 painting ‘RJs Boat Afloat’ (private collection)
2010 painting ‘Utrecht – Geertestraat’ (private collection)
2009 painting ‘Utrecht – Brigittenstraat’ (private collection)
2009 painting ‘Nocturnal Fantasy’ (private collection)
2007 painting ‘Rijksmunt’ (collection Royal Dutch Mint)
2007 painting ‘After Fleeing comes Fighting’ (private collection)
2005 painting ‘Utrecht – Breedstraat 1’ (private collection)
2004 painting ‘Portrait of poet Ingmar Heytze’ (collection Literature Museum The Hague NL)

Art in the media

2021 Östra Sörmlands Posten ´Dödsstjärna bland konsten på Järna Open Art´- article
2020 LT Södertälje SE – ‘23 Konstnärer ställde ut’ – article
2020 LT Södertälje SE – ‘Blå toner i Kulturhuset’ – article
2016 PNO Expo – Exposant van de maand – artikel PNO magazine – online article
2014 Södermanlands Nyheter, Nyköping SE – ´Mellan skrotbilar och gralglas´- article
2013 Södermanlands Nyheter, Nyköping  SE – ´Dennis Teunissen fascineras av fabriker´ – article
2013 De Utrechtse Internet Courant – ‘Dennis Teunissen – Bijna Magisch’ – column Marcel Gieling
2008 LomboxNet Utrecht – ‘Dennis Teunissen vindt inspiratie in de wijk’ web interview, 4 min
2007 Nobel Magazine – Visual Art in the 20th century – ‘Dennis Teunissen’ – article
2006 AD Utrechts Nieuwsblad – ‘Als een Rembrandt van Rottend Staal’ – article
2006 NU! – Employee magazine of RaboBank – ‘Architectonische schilderkunst’
2005 MeerTV Utrecht – project ‘Werk in Kunst’ van MeerTV – TV interview, 20 min
2005 Utrechts Nieuwsblad – artikel ‘Kunst passeert bij de notaris’ – article
2004 Nova Terra, about the exhibition ‘City and Industry’ – article
2004 AD Utrechts Nieuwsblad ‘Kunstbroeders’ – column Ingmar Heytze
2004 Nobel Magazine – Visual Art in the 20th century – ‘Kijken Kijken niet Kopen’ – article
2003 MeerTV Utrecht – Basis voor Aktuele Kunst (BAK) ‘Locatie U’, TV Utrecht, 50 min