Ever since I was born in 1955 I held a pencil in my hand. It was
evident that I would go to the Royal Art Academy in The Hague to become
an artist. But nobody warned me that this meant a life of praises and
From my earliest exhibitions on I showed theme-series.
During extended travels through Middle America I made a series about the MAYA ICONOGRAPHY of which I am still very proud.
On the other hand I was fascinated by MOVIES and SHOWBIZ and created a series including Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, Milva, Quentin Crisp and also several portraits of the notorious Dutch style icon Mathilde Willink, later shown in a tv-documentary.
After the romance of poverty wore off -there is a time to be artistic and a time to be realistic (Burt Reynolds)- I started doing L ILLUSTRATING WORK. Hard, but rewarding work. During these few years I learned more about painting and printing then in all the previous academy years.
In 1995 I decided to return into the art world with a collection of the PLAYFUL EROTICISM, a major theme in my work. It was an immediate success at the 1998 GayGames. That same year I won First Prize Public Award during the Jesus Mystery Exhibition.
The appeal of my BODYSCAPES lies in the
fact that I leave something to the imagination of the viewer. Everybody
has his own beauty-ideal and I think it is the right, if not the
obligation, of an artist to exploit his. But with discovering Caravaggio I
became more and more interested in dramatic paintings, which turned into
my MYTHOLOGY Series.
Since 2013 I became seriously interested in other disciplines: Film and Music and I started creating SOUNDSCAPES to accompany my work.
My spending more and more time in nature resulted in 2016 in my first WATERSCAPE.
In november 2014 a collection of my best works was published in the book
THE ART OF MAURICE HEERDINK.