Michael Berkhemer

Michael Berkhemer (March 22, 1948 – August 15, 2022) was a distinguished artist renowned for his unique approach to translating the visual impressions around us. His work, characterized by an interplay of reflections, shadows, dark, and light, encapsulates a complex underlying structure despite its seemingly sober compositions of line and color.

Berkhemer studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands, where he honed his skills and developed his artistic voice.

Throughout his illustrious career, Berkhemer held numerous solo exhibitions across the globe, showcasing his talent in both paintings and monumental collagraphs. Here are some key highlights:

Recent Years

  • 2022 – Art The Hague
  • 2021 – Jan Six Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2019 – Kunstruimte KuuB, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Middle Career

  • 2016 – Unquiet Calm, S1 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015 – Minder/meer, galerie Oranjerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013-2014 – Thema’s & Variaties, Landgoed Leusderend, Leusden, The Netherlands

Retrospectives and Print Exhibitions

  • 2008-2009 – Michael Berkhemer, retrospective, Museum Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • 2007 – Galerie Billing Bild, Baar, Switzerland
  • A Print Retrospective, Wildwood Press, St. Louis, MO, USA

Early Career

  • 2000 – William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 1997 – Interferenties, Museum HenriĆ«tte Polak, Zutphen, The Netherlands
  • 1994 – Galerie Maria Chailloux, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Berkhemer also collaborated with Wildwood Press in St. Louis, USA, to create monumental collagraphs, further broadening his artistic impact.

Michael Berkhemer’s work continues to inspire and influence the art world. His ability to distill complex visual impressions into seemingly simple forms has left an indelible mark on contemporary art. His exhibitions have not only highlighted his unique vision but also brought a sense of calm and introspection to audiences worldwide.

Through his art, Berkhemer has translated the ephemeral nature of light and shadow into lasting impressions, offering viewers a window into the dynamic processes that lie beneath the surface of his serene compositions. His legacy lives on in the layers of paint and the vibrant colors that define his body of work.

Untitled (Red Tan staple) 2006/2010

Untitled (Red Tan staple) 2006/2010