'Svein Koningen' Abstract Expressionist
Koningen’s passion for abstraction was born out of an Arts & Industrial Design education in the 1960’s. His introduction to art began as a very young child with his Dutch grandparents taking him to the Rijksmuseum, educating the young Koningen on Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters.
Koningen was born in the shadow of WW2 in Trondheim Norway. His Norwegian mother met his Dutch father in Oslo amidst the German invasion of Norway. At the end of the war his mother went home to Trondheim to have Svein whilst his father had to wait out the Norwegian war trails in Oslo. He had spent his war years as an enforced laborer whilst working with the Dutch underground. Quickly freed he was sent home to Amsterdam where his five month old, son Svein, and his wife joined him. The family moved to Geelong, Australia in 1953 where Koningen studied Art & Industrial Design at the Gordon Tech, Geelong. Koningen spent a year as a designer before moving to Curacao, in the Caribbean to manage the family business. Family and business ensued for the next 20 years until mid life Koningen rediscovered his passion for painting, left the corporate world behind committing himself full-time to his craft, painting.
Koningen is a prolific painter continually expanding his application to canvas creating bold and expressive works. His paintings evoke feelings of intensity, mystery and secrets sometimes erotic and sensual with a rhythm of colour and music. His use of bold colour, texture and raw energy are the signature marks of this Brugge based international artist. Koningen’s work is resolutely painterly.
His art speaks of wild landscapes, nature's rhythm of changing seasons with more minimal works reflecting his background in Industrial Design.
The more recent series, ‘Metal & Lace’ juxtaposes the new and old industries becoming one sculptural work forming shadows and light. The fusion of masculine and female energies, hard and soft, lace and metal, old and new, adds a layered dimension to the perception of the work.
Koningen continues to expand his craft with passion and commitment.
Trondheim - Norway 1946
Amsterdam - Netherlands 1954
Geelong - Australia 1954- 1963
Curacao - Caribbean 1969 - 1972
London - England UK 1972 - 1975
Brisbane - Australia 1975 - 1996
Provence - France 1996 - 1997
Melbourne & - Australia 1998 - 2004
Brugge - Belgium 2004 - current
1963- 1965 Art & Industrial Design @ Gordon Institute of Technology Australia
1995 Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne Australia
1993 - 1996 Gas Works Life Drawing, Melbourne Australia
Fultime artist from 1995.
Studied Art & Industrial Design at the Gordon Institute of Technology Geelong Australia with a view to being an industrial designer. Melbourne Transport Commercial Artist.Change career to private enterprise Curacao, London & Australia. 25years of business including stockbroking, IT and financial services. Return to arts in 1995.