Van Kelle’s main focus is to reinterpret the art of painting, literally from the ground up. He hopes that this approach will evoke a discussion on the definition of what a painting can be. This involves reflecting on questions such as: What can be defined as a painting? Does it need to meet certain standards or criteria? Does a painting need  paint, or can it be created with other materials? Does the surface have to meet certain requirements? For example, is it necessary for a painting to be made on a two-dimensional surface, using paper or canvas?

To add to this research, Van Kelle starts off by exploring the basic qualities of paint. In doing so he examines how certain paints react with the qualities of different surfaces. He strives to make this visible to the viewer by allowing them to look through the layers of paint. This can be done using light, the way the painting is placed in a room, or by leaving pieces of the surface partially or fully uncovered. By painting this way, Van Kelle’s focus is solely on form over function. In his research for a universal form-language, he looks beyond  material and colour. Within the strokes presented in each work, he strives for a balance between easy-accessibility and highly-researched and well-conceptualised art.


February 9
Dus Wat Gaan Wij Doen Festival @ BlueCity Rotterdam
Maasboulevard 100, Rotterdam


August 10 – September 9
Elevated Reliefs @ Ottawa School of Art
35 George st., Ottawa, Canada

August 10 – September 9
OCULUS @ Foundation Mesh, Rotterdam
Mathenesserweg 128A, Rotterdam
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February 23
FORM X RAAF – The Discovery
Maashaven Zuidzijde 2, Rotterdam
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November 18 – 30
Karmijn 1
Coolsingel 69, Rotterdam
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October 7 – 8
Kunstroute Kralingen-Crooswijk

August 20 – September 2
Roro Museum
Gerard Scholtenstraat 61b, Rotterdam
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November 19
Winterwolven V ‘Shelters’
Arminiuskerk, Museumpark 3, Rotterdam
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July 7 – 10
Graduation Event WDKA Finals
Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam


August 2013 – July 2016
Bachelor degree, Major: Fine Arts in Education
Willem de Kooningacademy, Rotterdam

March 2015/ July 2015
Exchange Program, Major: Fine Arts
University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sydney

August 2012 – July 2013
Bachelor degree, Major: History
Erasmus University, Rotterdam

August 2011 – July 2012
Bachelor degree, Major: Fine Arts in Education Propadeuse
Willem de Kooning Academy

Curriculum Vitae (CV)