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Han Koster 1951-2018 Vlissingen, visual artist

Short introduction to Han

Han was born in Vlissingen. After obtaining his HBS diploma, he went to the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Because of his resistance to given standards, he only lasted briefly. He opted for self-study and, if he saw the need to do so, he mastered techniques. He made his way through art study books and books about both old masters and modern abstract artists. He also studied Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, among other things, and appropriated all kinds of working methods in his practice. Han lived in Gapinge (Walcheren) for a long time, where he had his studio in a barn, and where he mainly drew and painted. In addition, his studio was at the same time his exhibition space. After his Walcheren period, he moved to an old rectory in Ovezande, South Beveland. There he was also part of an artists' group that took part twice a year in the route “Art treasure in the bag” with the theme "The Red Thread". In addition to painting, Han also devoted himself to spatial work, including with stakes and wickerwork, such as on the walls of the Fort in Ellewoutsdijk, where he also showed his paintings, spatial arrangements and personal performances several times in a casemate. For his participation in many art projects, he received in 2015 from the Municipality of Borsele, as appreciation, the Zeeland Refinery Cultuurprijs 2013/2014, together with Katinka Polderman His works hang in India and Mexico as well as in the Netherlands.

An explanation of his way of working:

The art that Han made had to originate - as he formulated it - from his own core. In the works shown you can discover the different forms of his style, from figurative to abstract expressionist, sometimes exuberant with clear basic colors, in a play of lines and colors. He painted with acrylic paint. Of bright shades and sometimes painted in layers on top of each other, creating deeper colors. Han used, among others, O.I. ink and also added sand in a number of pieces. Collages were made on both paper and cardboard. In the banners you can especially recognize the abstract expressionism, in which he surrendered to his mood and emotions in what could be expressed from his own core. This resulted in an avalanche of color compositions, sprouting from an abundant source. These long banners are mainly painted on linen and linen reinforced with horsehair. Some of the works have been edited on both sides, so that both side a and side b can be used. Han became terminally ill in 2018 and died shortly afterwards. Sales was not Han's passion, he wanted to express himself. Fortunately, many of his works found a good destination, but there are still some, they should not be lost, so I am now offering them for sale. The time has now come for that. I wish you - as an interested person - a lot of viewing pleasure. If you are interested or otherwise want information, please contact me,

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