Patrick Bergsma Galerie Wilms

Patrick Bergsma

In its essence, art reflects life itself: capturing a moment in time, with the unmistakable signature of the artist. For me, individuality, aesthetic eye, technical skill and persevering with the search for an own language define the quality of an artist.

The work of Patrick Bergsma (1965) finds it origin in postmodernism: a broad movement in which a multitude of styles, techniques and symbolism come together, with themes such as criticizing systems, relativism, and the tension between nature and culture.

I have been following Patrick’s work since 2007 and although it immediately struck me as completely authentic, it took some time before I saw clearly what it is he wants to express. In his present work everything that he has mastered over the years comes out distilled. As if he was always on his way to this moment, to this form.

Patrick’s parents ran an antiques shop and thus, at a young age, he developed an eye for objects with a history and the craftsmanship with which they are made. Along with that, grandfather Bergsma was a connoisseur and avid collector of German porcelain, causing him to, open-mindedly, develop a fascination for it. Not only were the forms for which porcelain has been used throughout the centuries of interest to him, like tiles, dishes, vases and sculptures but the little scenes depicted on them also appealed to his imagination. In his early work, playing with all these elements is clearly visible.

Along the way he disconnected the elements and studied them separately. Making life-size surrealistic sculptures inspired by 18th century German porcelain miniatures, large panels with scaled up versions of Delftware tiles and three-dimensional interpretations of the two-dimensional depictions found on Chinese and German porcelain. Small floating islands with their own compact realities. After that he stepped away from porcelain to focus completely on floating sculptures with slightly surrealistic, sometimes dystopian or romantic, intriguing little worlds. There is always decay and nature regaining victory over what man has created. Patrick lets nature win, just as it would win in real life, if we don’t interfere. That creative force runs through everything and our own creative force is only temporarily part of it. Everything he makes shows a keen eye for detail and laborious workmanship.

By working on these worlds he became intrigued by bonsai, the Japanese (but originally Chinese) art of cultivating small trees in a pot (called penzai there) which aims to perfectly mimic reality in miniature. There has been a relation between the art of bonsai and Zen Buddhism (known as Chán in China) since the 14th century. The monks brought the hardy little trees that managed to survive in the rugged mountains back with them to the monastery in order to meditate on the power of nature. Patrick also experiences zen-like meditation when working on his bonsai trees. He has developed techniques all of his own and a secret process for making them. They’re indistinguishable from real trees. He makes use of coconut fiber, polymers, kaolinite and quartz. These last two ingredients can also be found in…Chinese porcelain.

In his current work Patrick makes sculptures from broken antique ceramics, among other things, including original 17th century Kraak and early Deltware, with his handmade bonsai trees growing right through them. This way, the craftsmanship and broken art from past centuries live on in new works of art. They appear to be archeological finds that have been carefully pried loose from a forgotten Asian landscape. Bits of solidified time that, strangely enough, seem to be alive. The contrast between something as refined as age-old porcelain, once a symbol of wealth, broken and mended, pushed apart and held together by the imagined vigor of nature, breathes hope. At the same time it is showing us the temporary nature of our existence. They are lively, striking and balanced works that will never bore. Everything Patrick Bergsma has discovered and developed on his journey comes together harmoniously in these small masterpieces.

Tekst: Ruud Houweling, singer-songwriter

Patrick Bergsma studied at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague (1991-1996).
His work can be seen in leading galleries in the Netherlands. Internationally he’s had exhibitions in New York,
Los Angeles, Riga, Brussels and many in Germany. Works of his have been acquired by, among others:
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, Accenture, KPMG, ABN-AMRO, Vrumona, KPN and private collections in many countries.
He was nominated for the 2010 Rabobank Cultuurprijs.

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Patrick Bergsma (1965)

Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (1991 – 1996)



LA Art Show

Art Karsruhe

AAF Brussel

AAF Amsterdam

AAF Hamburg

AAF New York

Met galerie Project 2.0 Kunstrai

Deelname aan “Dreamscapes” The best of contemporary imaginary realism.

Groepsexpositie in Vliechtag Duitsland.

Deelname aan “Evolution of evolution” bij Kunstwerkt in Schiedam

Deelname aan “Dromen van bomen” De boom in de kunst, van Ruysdael tot Armando. Gorcums museum.
2018 Solo expositie Art Karlsruhe vertegenwoordigd door galerie Chiefs and Spirits

2018 KunstRAI Amsterdam vertegenwoordigd door Gallery project 2.0

2017 Solo expositie RC ArtFair in Rotterdam vertegenwoordigd door Suzanne Biederberg

2017 Solo expositie AAF Hamburg vertegenwoordigd door galerie Chiefs and Spirits

2017 Groeps expositie “Expedition nature” in het Coda museum in Apeldoorn

2016 Art Fair Köln
Vertegenwoordig door galerie project 2.0

2015 Solo expositie – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg Amsterdam
Rotterdam Contemporary – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg
Solo expositie – Kunstcentrum Zaanstad
Coda museum Keramiek triënnale

2014 Riga (Letland) Menzendorf haus – duo expositie met Rolf Hillen (Duitsland)
Hollandse tegels uit musea in Nederland in combinatie met hedendaagse kunst
Jurmala (Letland) – City Museum, groepsexpositie ‘Straumes – Stromingen – Strömungen’

Gedroomde landschappen – De Groninger kroon, Finsterwolde
ART Zaanstad, Zaandam
Galerie Inkt, Delft
RAW Art Fair 2014 – Rotterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
KunstRAI Amsterdam 2014 – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam

2013 KunstRAI Amsterdam 2013 – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
Een nieuwe lente een nieuw geluid – Galerie Anns Art, Groningen
Hollands Glorie – Galerie De Groninger Kroon – Finsterwolde
RAW Art Fair – Rotterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
It ain’t over yet – Stichting KOP – Breda

2012 Typisch Hollands! – Huizer museum het Schoutenhuis, Huizen
Solo expositie Vlindereffect – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
RAW Art Fair 2012 – Rotterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
Typisch Hollands! Museum Nairac – Barneveld

2011 Art Amsterdam – RAI Amsterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam

2010 Art Amsterdam – RAI Amsterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
Tefaf Maastricht – stand: International Herrald Tribune – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg
Nominatie Rabobankcultuurprijs 2010 – 2e plaats

2009 Art Amsterdam, RAI Amsterdam – Solo expositie Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
Tefaf Maastricht – stand: International Herrald Tribune – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg

2008 Art Amsterdam, RAI Amsterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg
Solo expositie – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam
Tefaf Maastricht – stand: International Herrald Tribune – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg

2007 Tefaf, Maastricht – stand: International Herrald Tribune – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg
Art Amsterdam, RAI Amsterdam – Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam

2006 Stedelijk Museum De Prinsenhof, Delft – groepsexpositie grafiek
Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam – schilderijen (solo)
Galerie Ann’s Art, Groningen – schilderijen (solo)
2005– 2003 Een keuze uit de exposities
2005 Contemporary Art Twente – Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam en Van Strien, Nieuw Amsterdam
2004 Hofvijver, Den Haag – Ingelijst; 10 Nederlandse kunstenaars met 10 kunstenaars uit de nieuwe lidstaten van de Europese Unie
2003 Galerie Inkt, Delft – schilderijen en grafiek solo

Werk aangekocht door o.a.:
Accenture, KPMG, ABN-AMRO, Vrumona, KPN, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Stedelijk Museum De Prinsenhof Delft, Van Diepen en Van der Kroef Advocaten, Het Ministerie van Binnenlandse zaken