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Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Four flowers in vase', 1992
Gouache, 60 x 42 cm,
Signed: lower right 'HEK 1992'
Hans Ebeling Koning (1931)

'Actually, I am more of a draftsman. I can paint because I am primitive, dirty and messy, but I really like drawing. Everything I make is non-suggestive. I deconstruct the perceived reality and build a new one', says Johannes Gerardus ('Hans') Ebeling Koning in an interview with his daughter Sabien (art historian) in 2013. Before it comes to a painting he follows a fixed ritual of many drawings and 'tryouts with paint'. In this way he sees possibilities to force the physical reality to his will.

The motives for his work always come from his immediate environment, where nature is his great source of inspiration. Nature, which he deforms into abstracted, alienating, often graphically-looking elements. On his website he distinguishes between paintings from before and after 2000. His recent work is more abstract. Just making something out of fantasy is not his way. No, Ebeling Koning can reason in detail how each painting originated. Do we thus recognize that he has been a drawing and painting teacher at the Academy for Art and Industry (AKI) in Enschede for 27 years and always had to explain about composition and use of colour? The same academy, incidentally, where he received his education from 1952 to 1956.

In 1931 Hans Ebeling Koning is born in Bilthoven. A year later he moves to Diepenveen (until 1956). He then lives and works in Amsterdam and The Hague (until 1962), Enschede (until 1976), Deventer (until 1985), Epse (until 2002) and then in Gasselte (Dr.), where his house is for sale. He is a painter, draftsman and graphic artist and creates silk-screen prints, brush, pen and chalk drawings, watercolours, gouaches and oil paintings, according to the Jacobs artist encyclopedia. In 1981 he makes a bike ride through America and cycles 5000 km from Oregon to New York City, reports Wikipedia.

Three important prizes are awarded to Ebeling Koning, namely the Gerard ter Borch prize (honorable mention) in 1961, the SNS Gelderland Art Prize in 1994 and the Jeanne Oosting prize for painting in 1997. He exhibits solo and in groups in museums in East Holland, such as the Arnhem Museum, Museum de Fundatie in Heino and Museum Henriette Polak in Zutphen, but also in The Hague (Gemeentemuseum), Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum) and Schiedam (Stedelijk Museum Schiedam). Sales exhibitions are in numerous galleries, including De Pol in Pannerden, De Gele Rijder in Arnhem, Espace in Amsterdam, De Krabbedans in Eindhoven, Logement van de Heren van Amsterdam in The Hague and the Hopmanshuis in Zwolle. His work is included in collections of private individuals, companies, museums and governments.

The flowers shown here (peonies?) from 1992 have something oppressive, perhaps because of the colours. That the part below the vase cannot be interpreted, except that it is graphically in balance with the other colour areas in the background, keeps haunting us. Magnificent!