"Dutch painter and teacher Matthijs Röling (Oostkapelle, 1943) received the prize for his entire painted oeuvre. The jury was particularly impressed by the fact that his teaching at the Academie Minerva in Groningen has been no less inspirational to large numbers of younger artists than his painting. In 1983 Röling began working on large-scale decorative projects, such as monumental canvases and wall and ceiling paintings. In recent years these projects have come to occupy an increasingly important place within Röling's highly diverse oeuvre. His manner has been compared to that of the Old Masters, and the illusionistic scenes he paints on walls and ceilings are reminiscent of frescoes. Notwithstanding these parallels with the past, Röling's work is distinguished by his independence, integrity and craftsmanship.


In 1962 Röling began exhibiting his work regularly in museums and galleries throughout the Netherlands. Galleries which have shown his work include M.L. de Boer and Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam as well as Galerie Wiek XX in Groningen.

Matthijs Röling: “Art: that's being in love with a girl from Sweden and hopping on your motorbike to see her that very same evening”, Matthijs Röling taught his students at the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts, Groningen. For Röling, this impulsive, overpowering love manifested itself early on in an uncontrollable urge to draw and an interest in Italian Renaissance artists. Besides these founding fathers of realism in Western art, Röling also draws inspiration from Japanese wood engraving and Persian miniatures. His work explores everyday things such as the sunlight in a room or arranged objects, actually “everything that strikes me with passion, that touches my heart”. He often takes themes from mythology for his wall paintings. Röling considers it a great challenge to add something to these classical subjects. ..." (Edited for brevity.)
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