Joseph Cals (b. 1949) utilizes paint in many different ways, applying it with brushes, palette knives or literally with his hands. He models, rubs out, and over-paints, and each form and colour finds its ultimate destination only after sustained deliberation. Cals’ artistic works follow the maxim “A painting never lies”; words from which he heard from his teacher in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague.

Cals is fascinated by light, which varies so much from city to city and in every landscape. Cals had travelled to Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta to exhibit his worlds, and in his travels, it has furnished him with a new source of inspiration.

 

Born 1949

Cals was born in 1949 in Stein, a small village on the Maas River in the southern part of The Netherlands

 

1967-1968

At age 17, Cals received a scholarship to study in the United States. There, he lived near Buffalo New York, with its renowned Albright Knox Gallery, known for its impressive collection of contemporary art

 

1968-1973

When Cals turned 19, he returned to The Netherlands and began studying in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague. The institute was one of the few institutes where a “classical” education in art was still offered.

 

1975

Cals began teaching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague

 

1983-1984

Cals was commissioned to do seven paintings for the Dutch House of Parliament

 

1983-1984

Visiting professor at Parsons Institute, New York

 

1986

Carnegie Hall, New York

 

  • Arts at The Hague. He studied there for 5 years.
  • In 1975, he began teaching there as well.
  • Between 1983 and 1984 Cals was commissioned to do seven paintings for the Dutch House of Parliament. In the same period, he was also a visiting professor at Parsons Institute, New York. Carnegie Hall, New York

Joseph Cals

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