Amsterdam Art Fair

"My key objective is to become a more beautiful person" - Artist Maurice van Tilburg-Glimne tells about his artwork

I have always been passionate about drawing and creating my own world. The artworks I create are based on personal reflections, the desire for expressive painting and a drive to continuously reinvent myself by exploring new concepts and techniques. The conceptual reflections are useful to deal with challenges in my ‘other’ role as a senior manager in the financial services industry.

The Hidden Sacrifice concept that is displayed during AIAF is like many of my concepts part of my personal learning; my meaningful journey. It relates to my exploration of the relationship between humans and animals. Starting from a wonderment about the way animals and animal products are a normalised part of everyday consumption, I investigate drivers and patterns influencing my own and human behavior.

I use parchment as key material for the art works. Parchment has been the 'paper' used for some centuries now by monks and book copiers. Before actually starting the creation, I prepare the parchment in accordance with ancient rituals as described in religious literature. Once all preparation is done I paint, cut and burn the parchment until it has the right shape and form. The parchment objects are presented in ‘glass bell miniature worlds’, combined with other objects that were part of my journey.

Maurice van Tilburg -  Glimne Protective Mantles

Maurice van Tilburg -  Glimne Protective Mantles

What drives you? 

My key objective is to become a more beautiful person. I use experiences of frustration, pressure and stress as signals of where I could learn important things about myself. It triggers my journey to learn more by reflecting and researching and it materialises through the creation of art works.

What is your definition of art?

Art is both beauty and pity. It requires beauty as it is an aesthetic expression, where the artist uses craft to transform his or her feelings in appealing creations. But if art were only an appealing aesthetic effort to woo the audience it would be no more than good design. In order for it to be art it needs to be connected to the emotions, the ‘pain’ and the meaningful journey of the artist.

Nowadays distance between artist and audience is large, and development of art goes faster than the related knowledge of the art-lover. The question is if and how to bridge that increasing distance, especially when art aims to convey a certain message. This is why I wish to entice the viewer through my 'magic' objects, making them engage in an exploration to understand the meaning of the object. The stories of the objects are kept a secret to allow sufficient space for the viewer's imagination.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

When looking forward some ten years I realise my challenge is to find a balance between my family, my demanding work life and finding time and focus to create art works. My art mentor Frederik Beerbaum told me that I should currently be in the most productive part of my life in terms of making art. So, as family should be most important I guess I need to either reduce the work part or focus for my art works on quality of work rather than quantity.

On the other end I make my art primarily for myself and therefore the key is that I keep working on concepts and addressing parts of me that could be more beautiful; and there are plenty… 

Maurice van Tilburg – Glimne Worn-out Horses

Maurice van Tilburg – Glimne Worn-out Horses

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

For me the most relevant commissioned work were the first two works in the Hidden Sacrifice series. Art collectors Jan and Janny Maas had asked some 20 renowned Dutch modern artist to work with parchment, each resulting in unique pieces of art in their collection. They asked me to create an art work in the same series, which I happily accepted.

It brought me back to some of my family roots related to leather, my grandfather coming to The Netherlands to set up a leather factory as part of the family business. It made me study the elements of parchment crafts, the origin, and brought me to the Hidden Sacrifice theme.

After publishing about this concept I have received quite some interest, good critic feedbacks and it brought me exhibition opportunities; for example at Agora Gallery (Chelsea NYC). As parchment implies a very labor intense process I did not pursue at the time, until the AIAF opportunity came by. I picked up the concept and worked to create a new series that is now first exhibited in this art fair.

Maurice will be exhibiting his art at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 25-26 August 2017 at the Beurs van Berlage, as one of the selected artists.

Profile picture: ©Rob de Jong. Art work pictures: ©Ariane James

Review Amsterdam International Art Fair 2015

Amsterdam Art Fair

NEARLY 6000 visitors entered the Beurs van Berlage when it staged the first Amsterdam International Art Fair by the Global Art Agency, over the weekend of 28-29 August 2015. 

The Graanbeurs Hall of the venue was packed with 135 exhibitors from over 30 countries from around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall. Artists and galleries reported bustling trade during the two day free art event, with many making multiple sales and receiving commissions on original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations.


Shane Bowden

US based artist Shane Bowden originally from Australia also known as "Andy Warhol on Steroids" was happy to have a complete sell-out show at the Amsterdam International Art Fair. 

Amsterdam International Art Fair

Artist Felix Zekveld from the Netherlands said "I had an amazing time at the Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair 2015. I met many potential clients. I sold work, and afterwards I received a few mails from galeries who were interested in my work. Everything was arranged perfectly."

UK InVogue Art Gallery sold three artworks within the first hour of the Fair. "It was a very successful event and an amazing crowd. We were very happy to take part and are looking forward to the next event organised by the Global Art Agency which will be the Oxford International Art Fair" said the gallery owner. 

Amsterdam Art Fair

The panel of judges; world renowned sculptor Ruurd Hallema, award-winning artist Loes van Delft and famous Amsterdam artist Henk Veen had a tough decision on making their shortlist of best Amsterdam International Art Fair exhibitor. Lola Lonli was one of the exhibitors that stood out to the jury. Her artwork 'Legend of Golden Snake' especially that was made with a second 'hidden' layer that reveals another painting underneath when shining a blacklight on it. 


The Global Art Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday announcing the "Best Amsterdam International Art Fair Artist 2015". 1st place: Gregory Emvy (Russia), 2nd place: Camilla Ancilotto (Italy), 3rd place Jeff Murray (UK). 

Jeff Murray (left), Gregory Emvy (center), Camilla Ancilotto (right)

Jeff Murray (left), Gregory Emvy (center), Camilla Ancilotto (right)

Gregory made a spectacular entrance with the film crew of UK TV 'Channel 4' making a documentary of his exhibition at the Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair. It was his artworks and latest project "Human Souls" that caught the eyes of the judges. In his inimitable style, using oil colour painted hospital X-Rays, Gregory Emvy transports viewers on a macabre and mesmerising journey, portraying nihilistic and metaphorical life stories to create chapters that reveal equal measures of joyful and harrowing intrigue.

Global Art Awards

His eclectic style helped him carry off the title, ahead of Camilla Ancilotto presenting a spectacular 3d oil painting that has a wooden triangular base in mosaic style titled "San Sebastian". "The two meter tall art installation is original, and never seen before" commented Jury member Ruurd Hallema. 

Third place Best Amsterdam International Art Fair Artist Jeff Murray - who was also a hit at the recent Miami Art Expo - managed to enchant also at this event the visitors with his amazing detailed illustrations. Jeff captures continents, countries and cities into the finest details with his amazing drawings, getting through hundreds of pens and hours to complete one artwork. "The result is amazing" commented jury member Henk Veen. 

Organisers of the fair, Joëlle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

“The Amsterdam International Art Fair was a great success, with an amazing atmosphere and a real buzz throughout the weekend,” said Joëlle. “We are very happy with how it all went. The footfall was great, there was a genuine excitement across the whole fair and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Importantly, the artists and galleries had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect artists with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out."

“We’ll be back for more in 2016 and are already planning next year’s event,” she said.

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WIN weekend stay at 4-star luxury Barcelona Hotel announced at Amsterdam International Art Fair

Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair

Bringing over 150 exhibitors from around the globe to Amsterdam. Offering over 3,000 art pieces on display for exhibition and sale!   

WIN! The Visitor Prize!

WIN a weekend at 4**** star luxury hotel Avenida Palace in Barcelona, Spain. Stay 2-nights for 2 adults at the charming hotel that has been enjoyed by a countless of celebrities; Ernest Hemingway, Joan Miró, Lizza Minnelli, and the Beatles. (Worth € 650 EUR.)


By pre-booking your free Saturday 29th Aug tickets online here: TICKETS.  And by attending the Art Fair where you can find out if you have won. By sharing this article, your chances might increase! We are keeping an eye out! 

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Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair

De kunstbeurs in de Beurs van Berlage met 150 internationale exposanten die meer dan 3.000 kunstwerken tentoonstellen voor de verkoop!


De bezoekers prijs: WIN een weekend 4**** sterren luxueus hotel Avenida Palace in Barcelona, Spanje. Verblijf voor 2-nachten voor 2 volwassenen in het charmante hotel waar sterren zoals; Ernest Hemingway, Joan Miró, Lizza Minnelli, en de Beatles verbleven. (TWV € 650 EUR.)


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Nieuwe Amsterdamse kunstbeurs brengt internationaal talent, bekende namen, en street art naar de Beurs van Berlage.


De bruisende stad Amsterdam staat paraat om talent van over de hele wereld te verwelkomen tijdens de eerste Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair van 28 tot 29 augustus 2015 in de prachtige Beurs van Berlage, gelegen aan de Damrak in het hart van de mooie stad.


Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair is de internationale kunstbeurs die meer dan 40 galeries van over de hele wereld tentoonstelt speciaal voor de Amsterdammers en de rest van Nederland om van te genieten. Het evenement trekt kunstcritici, verzamelaars, galeries, en culturele instellingen. Tijdens de kunstbeurs worden er meer dan 3.000 kunstwerken geshowcased voor een geweldige tentoonstelling en ook voor de verkoop, dit is een uitstekende gelegenheid om zich onder te dompelen in een rijke collectie van de wereldwijde kunst hetzij als bewonderaar of als koper. Een rijke en prachtige mix van talentvolle kunstenaars gepresenteerd door internationale galeries vanuit meer dan 30 landen die de centraal gelegen Beurs van Berlage zullen vullen met een ongelofelijke showcase aan kunst. Verwacht een gevarieerde line-up gepresenteerd over drie concepten: Hedendaags, Modern, en wordt er ook speciaal de aandacht gegeven aan de Urban, Graffiti en Street-Art.

"De kunstbeurs is niet alleen gericht op de moderne en hedendaagse kunst, maar we willen de ook aandacht geven aan de Urban Art." zegt Curator Joelle Dinnage. "Tijdens de Tokyo International Art Fair zijn we erin geslaagd om dit concept te verwerkelijken. Werken van Mr. Brainwash, Shane Bowden, en vele andere grote namen. Het maakt de sfeer van de kunstbeurs echt dynamisch, en is veel toegankelijker en makkelijker om de aspirant-verzamelaar te betoveren, maar trekt ook de belangstelling van veel ervaren kunstkenners en verzamelaars. We hebben gemerkt dat de populariteit om in hedendaagse kunst te investeren enorm is gestegen in een korte tijd - dit is dan ook een mooie kans voor de Nederlandse kunstliefhebber!"


Curator Natal Vallve voegt toe: "De beurs heeft meer te bieden, onder andere live performance kunst door Henk Veen - beroemd Amsterdamse kunstenaar. Henk is ook een van de juryleden van de 'AIAF Best Artist' prijs. Henk zal de awards beoordelen samen met een aantal andere leden bestaande uit galeriehouders, curators, kunsthandelaren, en bekroonde kunstenaars, zoals de Nederlandse beeldhouwer Ruurd Hallema, en Loes van Delft die onlangs heeft tentoongesteld naast Banksy, Ashwan, Blek Le Rat Ciro Schu, Ryca, etc. in de 3 Punts Galeria in Barcelona."

De toegang tot de beurs is gratis op zaterdag 29 augustus van 11.00 uur tot 17.00 uur, met de AIAF Awards om 16.00 uur. Op vrijdag 28 augustus 2015 is de Private View en Champagne receptie voor genodigden of € 10 euro voor een kaartje, en geeft tevens toegang tot het netwerk after-party.

Een fantastisch evenement in de prachtige Beurs van Berlage in het hart van de stad Amsterdam, dat je moet bezoeken!

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Vrijdag 28 augustus 2015: VIP Private View and Vernissage € 10 EUR: 18.00pm - 21.00pm 
Zaterdag 29 augustus 2015: Gratis entree openingstijden van 11.00 uur tot 17.00 uur graag online voorboeken of loop binnen!

Tickets are available here.


Op zaterdag is om 16.00 uur de AIAF Awards Ceremony waarbij bezoekers ook een kunstwerk kunnen winnen door middel van een € 1 Euro lootje te kopen om mee te doen aan de loterij. Alle opbrengsten gaat naar het goede doel van GAA - weeshuizen in Nepal en Afrika. 


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Amsterdam International Art Fair hits over 3000 Facebook event visitors in record breaking time


Amsterdam Int’l Art Fair 28-29 August is the international art fair in the Dutch city that brings over 150 exhibitors from around the globe for Amsterdam to enjoy! Attracting art galleries, cultural institutions, art critics and collectors. Offering over 3,000 art pieces on display for exhibition and sale, this is a prime opportunity to immerse oneself into a rich collection of global art either as investor, dealer or purchaser.

A rich and wonderful mix of talented artists presented by international galleries from over 30 countries that will be filling the prime located Beurs van Berlage –Amsterdam with an incredible display of art.

Facebook event hits over 3000 visitors in record breaking time! This is the Art Show of the Year in the Netherlands! Facebook event.

Fri 28th Aug 2015: VIP Private View and Vernissage € 10 EUR: 18.00pm – 21.00pm prebook

Sat 29th Aug 2015: Free entry 11.00am – 17.00pm prebook (Global Art Awards Ceremony at 16.00pm)

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