As an artist, Erik de Bree's work involves both the act of painting and the process of creating. In the past 15 years, he approaches each series of work with curiosity about the material and its potential for artistic expression. The artist's studio is like a laboratory where he experiments with different materials and ideas, allowing the process to guide him towards a final result. The finished works are not preconceived grand statements, but rather the outcomes of a creative process that seeks to remain curious and open to new possibilities. Ultimately, Erik's goal is to discover a new visual language that is hidden in the everyday materials around us.
Erik de Bree has exhibited his artworks in numerous solo and group exhibitions in several countries including The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and the United States. He has been awarded various art prizes and his work is collected by institutions such as Museum Voorlinden (NL), Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders (DE), Collection Fentener van Vlissingen (NL), as well as several corporate and private collections.
Erik de Bree's trip to the Azores in 2013, supported by the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation, allowed him to expand his artistic vision and explore new themes in his work. The dilapidation of the buildings and walls in the Azores captured his attention, and he successfully incorporated these elements into his work.