Peter Vial

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’Watch from your gut, listen to your soul’ is the artistic vision of Peter Vial (1957). His starting point as a self-taught artist was a need to express his experience with social issues as well as personal development. In 2007 he started painting, but in 2010 he found the two-dimensional quality of painting too limiting and decided to explore the boundaries of mixed media techniques. He is now experimenting with new combinations of materials and techniques in three-dimensional works. It is in this period that he produced his first mosaic sculptures.

Vial produces three-dimensional and colourful works. He is inspired by De Stijl and uses geometrical constructions as a source of inspiration. A mosaic isn’t an end in itself, but a means to achieve a new kind of three-dimensionality. The artist is always looking for new constructions and forms. He first makes a rough design in aerated concrete. This material can be processed easily and the added outer layer is made of materials that are weatherproof, for his objects are intended to be part of the outdoors. He sees his work as scale models for architectural sculptures that may be expanded into life-size shapes. Vial assembles, disassembles and constructs as part of a creative process which he relates to self-reflection. The layers with which he covers his sculptures consist of mirrors, ceramics or glass. He also uses fragments of his own paintings, which he cuts up and recycles by attaching them to the underside of the cabochon cut glass. These are the building stones to help create extra depth in his mosaic art.

Wrapping up the shape is an intentional process. For Vial it is inextricably linked to letting go of memories and emotions. In the construction of his works he is always trying to create new designs by using shards and fragments. His personal process is keeping pace with this. He encountered the complex problems of families as a family manager in youth welfare. He now tries to deal with his experiences in this field in his works of art. By sticking mosaic tiles onto his sculptures he allows his thoughts free rein, thus offering new insights.

Vial is attracted to the idea of the romantic artist. He sees his work as a calling and his art as a direct reflection of his soul. Just like in 19th century Romanticism intuition, emotion and introspection are key, and spirituality plays major role. During the construction of his works he remains open to whatever may come into his head. He believes in self-development of the mind and attention to the subjective during the creative process, and he adds the romantic notion of artistic social commitment. For the aim of his art is to involve the beholder and the population into this process.

He creates works for specific locations in the Bijlmer district in the South-east of Amsterdam and thus delves into his relationship to his surroundings and the people living in it. In his most recent works he enters the domain of community art.

A good example of this is his mosaic ‘De Muur’ (‘The Wall’; 2013) at Huntum, a street in Amsterdam South-east. He developed this work following complaints by neighbours about the sad state of repair of a prominent wall in their neighbourhood. He designed a mosaic depicting the history of the wall for the owners and residents of the building. Families and neighbours are being symbolized by drops of water, a metaphor for life. Circles interlock, just like the lives of the various families. A bird points to the prosperity for the families and the neighbourhood. For Vial the success of the project was not only determined by producing a gem for the neighbourhood. More importantly it provided a connection, for neighbours came to see and discuss the work as he was creating it.

His latest work in a public space is ‘Voetpad’ (‘Footpath’; 2015), a guerrilla mosaic, which seems to be the latest trend, building on ideas like yarn bombing and guerrilla gardening. Street art plays an important role in the experience of the increasingly frugal public space, and Vial sees a role for himself in this. He wants to draw attention to overdue maintenance in the Bijlmer district in a playful way. For his future projects he is looking for bleak concrete walls, bent traffic signs and spontaneous rubbish tips. In his work Vial wants to encourage the neighbourhood’s commitment, put a smile on everyone’s face and increase public safety in the area. He sees his art as a means of communication. With his latest project, ‘Bijlmer Birds’, he wants to connect the various cultures and nationalities in the Bijlmer district and invite them to reflect on this theme.

Hester Jenkins, art historian (Amsterdam, 2015).

I work with

  • Ceramics
  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Mixed media
  • Others
  • Public Art

Solo Exhibitions

Beeldenserie “ Reflections” in de Grote Kerk van Monnickendam (12 september t/m 7 november 2015).

Group Exhibitions

2017

• 'Zwerven door de kunst' zaterdag 10 en zondag 11 juni 2017 in “de Wilgengaarde” te Benschop.

• Gogyoshi Art Project International, Cultureel Centrum Achterolmen, Maaseik, België (13 januari 2017 - 20 februari 2017).

2016

• ‘The environment and coexistence’ in The Haegeumgang Theme Museum, South Korea (18 augustus tot 30 september).

• 'Buiten de rand' kunstproject in Vollenhove (beeldentuin, 17 september t/m 23 oktober).

• Rotterdam International Art Fair 9-10 september.

• Kunstschouw, de grootste beeldende kunstmanifestatie van Zeeland (11 - 19 juni).

• GAPi photo exhibition: Hundred artists for Fukushima, 5 years after. Van 27 mei tot 18 juni in d‘Oude Winkel te Oostburg, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

• ‘Koloniekunst’ in de beeldentuin van Museum De Koloniehof in Frederiksoord (23 april t/m 30 oktober).

• Galerie SteigerArt: "In de schijnwerpers" te Noordwijk (15 april tot 31 mei).

• Beeldenexpositie in NH Rijnhotel te Arnhem in samenwerking met BooArt kunstbemiddeling (7 december t/m 5 juni).

• Groepsexpositie 'EYE-CANDY 10' bij Atelier Expositieruimte Kunstenaar Anita Ammerlaan te Roosendaal 
(5 december t/m 28 februari).


2015

• Kunstmarkt Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst te Amsterdam Zuidoost (12 en 13 december).


• Kunstbeurs aan de Westeinderplassen (Galerie Sous-Terre, 4 t/m 6 september).

• Groepsexpositie "Zomerse toegift" in Galerie & Beeldentuin La Lanka te Tijnje (18 juli t/m 16 augustus).

• Open Art Route te Amsterdam Zuidoost (20 en 21 juni).

• Groepsexpositie Beeldentuin Museum de Koloniehof te Frederiksoord (25 april t/m 31 oktober).

• Groepsexpositie 'EYE-CANDY 7' bij Atelier Expositieruimte Kunstenaar Anita Ammerlaan te Roosendaal (7 maart t/m 31 mei).

• KIKA (kinderen kankervrij) kunstevenement te Zwolle (18 april).

• Lente Tuin en Woonbeurs te Zwolle onder het motto: Beelden voor binnen en buiten! (6 t/m 8 maart).

• Deelnemer POP UP groepsexpositie Hoflaan 47, Vlaardingen (7 december t/m 17 januari 2015).


2014

• Kunstmarkt Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst te Amsterdam Zuidoost (13 december).


• Hilton Hotel Parijs in samenwerking met Bubble Projects (21 september t/m 22 november).

• Kunstroute Aalsmeer (20 en 21 september).


• Groepsexpositie beeldentuin De Pruimengaard te Wijk bij Duurstede (19 juli t/m 31 augustus).


• Open Art Route te Amsterdam Zuidoost (21 en 22 juni).


• Hilton Hotel Kopenhagen in samenwerking met Bubble projects (april en mei).

• Deelnemer in de expositie van 2014 van het Internationaal Klompenmuseum te Eelde.

• Groepsexpositie “Unexpected Art” in Galerie Fort aan de Drecht te Uithoorn 
(12 januari t/m 23 februari).


• Deelnemer project “Klomp en Kunst” in het kader van 200 jaar koninkrijk. Expositie in Hilton Hotel Schiphol in samenwerking met Bubble Projects (december).


2013

• Nationale Kunstdagen in de Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek te Rotterdam (9 en 10 november).

• Achtste Regionale Kunstdag te Amsterdam (8 september).

• Kunstmarkt te Warmond (25 augustus).


• Kunstmarkt te Bergen N-H (4 juli).


• ART aan de Amstel te Uithoorn (15 juni).

• Tijdelijke 5de DepARTmentSTORE/ZAND In het Centraal Museum Utrecht in samenwerking met DENAME (24 november 2012 t/m 6 januari 2013).


2012

• Open Art Route te Amsterdam Zuidoost (14-15-16 september). Meer dan 15 locaties met kunst van nu.

• Groepsexpositie in Galerie de Pomp te Warmond (29 augustus t/m 26 september).

• Groepsexpositie met als thema Amsterdam Zuidoost in het informatiecentrum van het stadsdeelkantoor in Amsterdam Zuidoost (20 oktober t/m 18 november).

• Expositie op locatie Overtoom van Bureau Jeugdzorg Amsterdam (niet openbaar)
(oktober 2011 t/m april 2012).


2011

• Hilton Hotel Rotterdam in samenwerking met Bubble Projects
(23 juli t/m 24 augustus).

• Hilton hotel Stockholm in samenwerking met Bubble Projects (3 juni t/m 10 juli).

• Bibliotheek Diemen (maart en april).

• Bibliotheek Reigersbos Amsterdam Zuidoost (maart en april).

• Informatiecentrum Stadsdeel Amsterdam Zuidoost. Thema: Bureau Jeugdzorg, organisatie in beweging (14 januari t/m 13 februari).


2010

• Kunstroute Kunsteilanden Amsterdam (12 december)

• Himalaya te Amsterdam. Kopstukken in beeld, gemengde techniek op doek. Samenwerkingsproject met Douwe Feenstra (29 november - 10 januari).

• Kunst in de Kerk in de tuinzaal van de Keizersgrachtkerk in Amsterdam
(oktober t/m december).

• Collectieve ruimte appartementencomplex Groenhoven in Amsterdam Zuidoost (30 augustus t/m 1 december).

• Himalaya te Amsterdam. Glasmozaïek en schilderijen (4 januari t/m 28 februari).


2009

• Centrale expositie Cultureel Educatief Centrum Zuidoost (9 mei t/m 11 juli).

• Open Art Route Amsterdam Zuidoost (13 en 20 juni).

• Collectieve ruimte appartementencomplex Groenhoven in Amsterdam Zuidoost (26 januari t/m 6 april).
 

Peter Vial

First name

Peter

Last name

Vial

Category

Artist

Street

*****

Postal Code

1103 KN

City

Amsterdam

Country

Netherlands

Phone work

+31653382389

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