Kees Visser (b. 1948) left his native Holland in the 1970s and settled in Iceland where he continues to spend part of his time while also residing in the Netherlands and in France. In Iceland he became part of the cosmopolitan art scene with its strong focus on Fluxus, minimalism and conceptual art. Visser’s own work has long combined these influences in works that emphasise abstraction and serial presentation, focusing on colour theory and the exploration of spatial forms and representations.
His various sculptural works use colour series in combination with a variety of shapes and materials, sometimes referring to practical constructions and common objects. His works on paper, however, tend to be more purely abstract, often using monochrome colour fields and overpainting to achieve deep but subtle colour effects with a textured, crystalline surface. In exhibitions, Visser engages the gallery space directly, using the geometry of his paintings and sculptures to rethink the space and push the boundaries of contemporary painting towards a more minimal-conceptual mode.
Kees Visser’s work has been widely exhibited worldwide in addition to being in numerous international private and public collections, such as The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The National Gallery of Iceland, MOMA in New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and at The Bibliothèque Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou. In 2018, Kees Visser was awarded the Vishal Art Award and opened a retrospective in Vishal in Haarlem (NL) in December 2018.