Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
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.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

Oil on board, 74 x 69 cm
Signed: lower right 'hopman'
Machiel Hopman (1928-2001)

We met with Machiel Hopman in his studio, during one of his expositions, shortly before he passed away. While drinking a glass of red wine, he was talking about his compassionate life as an artist. Being an artist brought him to Paris, New York and South Africa.

In his birth place The Hague he passed his study for visual arts at the 'Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten' and continued his study in Paris for a year.

In 1954 he went to South Africa by boat. In South Africa he painted 'abstract compositions with explosive colours'. In Johannesburg he opened his own gallery, the Hopman Gallery. During this time he invited black artists into his Gallery which was very unusual since apartheid still excised. Under the name of Nzama, he has made very impressive paintings, which have had much success in both Holland and the USA.
Machiel painted the reality of everyday life in South Africa, such as life in shanty towns, but always with a gleam of hope for a better future. An example being painting a bright little piece in a dark blue sky. Everything, including the warm bright colours of abstract compositions, has been painted from the heart. An example is the painting beside this text.

To escape the problems of apartheid, he left South Africa for Holland in 1973. He took his wife and children with him. Once back in his favourite country, he was impressed once again by the mix of space, freedom, warmth and imposing landscapes. He painted with a passion and unprecedented colour intensity.

Even after hearing about his severe illness Machiel Hofman continued painting. Until his death in 2001. There is so much expression in his works that they are convincing and affecting, even to this day.

Also view: www.machielhopman.nl