“He draws quickly, like a man possessed, even as the landscape sits idly by, offering him all the time in the world. He tosses a quick glance at whatever he wants to see, greedy like an iguana’s tongue, and his hand starts raging on the paper. I saw him looking, I saw his handing flash across the paper, but I couldn’t see what was appearing on it. Whatever it is, I thought, it’s going to be beautiful. It was always more beautiful than I had imagined: as if the powerful lines had been drawn with a claw hammer, the delicate planes brushed with a dandelion. And always the light, squeezed out between the heavy black strokes until it begs for mercy and becomes even whiter.”
–excerpt from a text by Sjoerd Kuyper about Dirck Nab
The light, the wind, the clouds, they change by the minute, and he tries to capture the moment and immortalize it on the canvas. It is intuitive art, where reality evaporates like a gentle breeze.” – André Hoogeboom, Noord-Hollands Dagblad.
Dirck Nab often draws in the dunes of North Holland. His drawings, woodcuts, and a complete sketchbook in large format have been purchased by the print gallery of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Henriëtte Polak Museum in Zutphen also owns some of his work. His art has been exhibited in galleries and museums in both the Netherlands and abroad.
Dirck Nab studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague under George Lampe.
Today, his studio is located in Bakkum, North Holland. To make an appointment, please contact him through the form on this website.