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Willem Weismann


Willem Weismann (Netherlands, 1977) has been living in London (UK) since 2003. He studied at ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, Arnhem (NL) from 1997 to 2002 and Goldsmiths College, London (UK) from 2003 to 2004. Discovering what lies behind a facade, or beneath our feet beyond the smooth surface of the pavement, is a central motif in Weismann’s work. His works depict absurd urban environments; various rooms cluttered with debris of contemporary life and the excess of consumerism. Bathed in a beautiful light, these vibrant scenes in chromatic hues are at once eerily familiar and unsettling, confronting us with the direct aftermath of our existence.

Weismann was awarded with the East London Painting Prize in 2015. He has had solo exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK); Cabin Gallery, London (UK); The Nunnery gallery, London (UK); Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto (PT); and Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (NL). Recent group exhibitions include Summer Show, Turps Gallery, London (UK), Secret European Studio at ArthouSE1, London (UK) and De Meest Eigentijdse Schilderijen Tentoonstelling at the Dordrechts Museum (NL).


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Down to Earth, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK 


Flashback cont’d, GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Willem Weismann, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal 


Basement Odyssey, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK 

Moonblinking, Cabin Gallery, London, UK 



Alphabet Soup, Nunnery Gallery, London, UK



Chaîne Opératoire, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal 



Pieces of What, Center Berlin, Berlin, Germany 


Gelders Balkon7, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands 



Hermetisch, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Desperate Man Café, Hayward Concrete Cafe, London, UK 



Nieuw New Amsterdam, Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark 



The Candle in the Boot, Privé Domein, Deurne, Netherlands

Wensput, 404 Arte Contemporeana, Naples, Italy 


Shantytown, Leisure Club Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark 



Willem Weismann, Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln, Germany 


Selected Collections

De Nederlandsche Bank Collection, Amsterdam (NL)

Kunstfonds Vincent van GoghHuis, Zundert (NL)

The Ekard Collection, Wassenaar (NL)
Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK)

Saatchi Collection, London (UK)

Selected Group Exhibitions


Habitual, Castor Projects, London, UK


While Supplies Last, Bellevue Museum of Arts, Seattle, USA

Pareidolia, Space Station Gallery and Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK 

#haah25, Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne and Baden-Baden, Germany



Group Show, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal 
De Meest Eigentijdse Schilderijen Tentoonstelling, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands

Open Call, Atlas House, Ipswich UK
Duty Free, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK 



In de geest van Van Gogh, Van Gogh Huis, Nuenen, Netherlands

Art Rotterdam, GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands 



Sampler, Arcade Gallery, London, UK
Summer show, Turps gallery, London, UK 
Secret European Studio, ArthouSE1, London, UK 
Rosina#0, Limone Space, London, UK 
Lust for Life, We Like Art, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands

DiepZwart, Academie voor Beeldende Vorming, Tilburg, Netherlands



East London Painting Prize, Bow Arts Rum Factory, London, UK 



Speak, Clown!, Fold Gallery, London, UK 

****, Neue Froth Kunsthalle, Brighton, UK 



Shapes and Forces, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal 

Detours, Wimbledon Space, London, UK 
New Year’s Resolution, Gallery Desaga, Cologne, Germany 



What’s Up? De Jongste Schilderkunst in Nederland, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands 

Asbestos Curtain, Galleries Goldstein at Goodhood, London, UK 
Primitive Accumulation, Fold Gallery, London, UK



You Are Here, NL – The Dutch Cultural Pop Up Space, London, UK

Motif motif, Fold Gallery, London, UK
Outland, Vegas Gallery, London, UK
Die Schau, Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne, Germany

Who’s Afraid of the Museum, Museum Busleyden, Mechelen, Belgium 



The Contented Heart, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands 



Sensuous Panorama, Lounge Gallery, London / SEO Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 

The Golden Egg, Philspace, Santa Fe, US 



Triumphers, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia 
Posizione e prospettive dell’arte contemporanea, Palazzo Delle Arti, Naples, Italy 

Unitdèd, De Player, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Timepop 2005 (w/ Phil Lee), Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK 



Incinineration Salon, Pittsburgh, US
Surveillance, Three Colts Gallery, London, UK 
Revenge of Romance, Temporary Contemporary, London, UK 



Royal Prize for Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Argusscoop, Museum ‘t Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands 



Destillaat V, Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen, Netherlands 

Mimicry/Mommy Cries, Gallery Janssen Kooij, Warnsveld, Netherlands 

Selected Collections

De Nederlandsche Bank Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kunstfonds Vincent van GoghHuis, Zundert, Netherlands 

The Ekard Collection, Wassenaar, Netherlands 
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK 

Saatchi Collection, London, UK 


Residencies and Awards

Artist in residence at Lucebert Foundation, Bergen, Norway, February 2020

Winner of East London Painting Prize 2015

Artist in residence, Vincent van Gogh huis, Zundert, Netherlands, October 2014

Work grant (Basisbeurs), Fonds BKVB/ Mondriaan Fund, 2011-2015
Artist in residence at Camberwell College of the Arts, London, October 2011 - May 2012

Shortlisted for the BOC Emerging Artist Award, 2004

Project grant (Projectsubsidie) Fonds BKVB, 2004

Study grant from the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, 2004

Shortlisted for the Dutch Royal Painting Prize, 2003

Transistor Residency, Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln, Germany, July – December 2002

Winner Siemens Art Calendar, 2002




MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, UK 


BA Fine Art, Arnhem Institute for the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands 


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