Welcome to the site of Piet Eggen.
Artist of nature
Born in 1949 in Klimmen in the province of Limburg, the most southern part of the Netherlands.
He studied at the ‘Stadsacademie voor toegepaste Kunsten’ (School of Arts) Maastricht.
From his young days on he had a bright interest in nature,
wich is clearly visible in most of his paintings and illustrations.
Although initially depicting nature in all her manifestations,
he got specialized and made a name as a painter of landscapes and illustrator of
plants, fishes, insects and reptiles (‘the world of small subjects from nature’).
His preference, though, after many years gradually shifted from illustrating to painting.
Beside landscapes, also still live and isolated subjects from nature figure in his paintings.
Solitariness and perspective are often playing an important role in his choise of landscapes.
These landscapes give the suggestion of ‘a travel to the far horizon’,
the looker-on sees the run of a river, path and fields and can follow the view
up to a vague contour of the horizon in the background. He is invited to ‘walk into the landscape’.
His involvement in nature makes him travel a lot:
often to Asia, particularly Indonesia where he is working for ‘The Protected Species Project’
(an investigation of threatened and protected species for The Gibbon Foundation in Jakarta).
He participated in different projects of the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF).
bijzonder en bizar / niet alledaagse verzamelingen bijeengebracht en verbeeld.
Piet Eggen, Dirk van Gelder, Agnes van Gelder, Annelies Grimbergen, Chris Herenius, Ria Pentum, Ruth van Royen en Siegfried Woldhek
Museum Schokland / www.schokland.nl
31 augustus 2013 t/m 2 februari 2014
(click a picture to enlarge)
Portfolio Piet Eggen
1992 Poland Bierbrza and 1994 Spain – Extremadura with the ANF.
May 2005 joined an ANF project in the Great Fen U.K.
1997 Neusiedlersee – Hungary, Austria.
A project for the Dutch journal ‘De Volkskrant’:
artist and writer giving an impression of a cross-border nature reserve.
1998 Participating in “De IJssel in gevleugelde kunst” (Impressions of the river IJssel),
celebration of 100 years Vogelbescherming (Birdprotection) in the Netherlands.
2002, participating in the project “Texel in schoonheid verbeeld”
(Impressions of the beauty of the Dutch island Texel,).
2002 and 2003 Gibbon Foundation.
Indonesia, teacher illustration-course for art-students
working for the Protected Species Project in Bogor Indonesia.
2005 The Great Fen Project, United Kingdom. ANF project.
Wieken, Wind & Weidevogels. A portrait of the mills of Het Utrechts Landschap. ANF project.
2009 Exhibition Erasmushuis Jakarta "Drawings of Threatened Beauty, Biodiversity of Indonesia"
Workshop Erasmushuis for IKJ School of Art Students Nature-drawing.
2012 Workshop nature-drawing IKJ Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Fakultas Seni Rupa
His work can be found in numerous nature-magazines, educational books and in commercial branch productions.
Some of the paintings shown on this site are for sale. If interested, please ask for information.