Rotteveel Vermeer, is a Dutch art studio by colorists Jochem Rotteveel (1976, NL) and Thomas Vermeer (1984, NL). Their work is an expression of Jochem and Thomas’ shared fascination with colour. Both of them start with the same process: creating colour studies. They explore how colours can affect each other as well as how they affect the mood of the viewer. The result of their efforts is a collaborative series of works, created in the tradition of Jochem’s methodology. With foil and tape, they investigate several boundaries. By folding the foil, they add volume onto flat surfaces, stretching the boundary between two-dimensional and three-dimensional. The material becomes pasty but does not reveal its origins. The spectator does not know whether it is metal, plastic or ceramic.
Jochem Rotteveel describes himself as a painter, whose process uses special materials: foil and tape. For more than ten years, these materials have served as Jochem’s ‘paintbrush’ and ‘paint’ as he continually refines his technique with each new work. Again and again, he is able to encompass new colours and compositions onto his canvas. At times, it is the composition of the swaths of colour that dominates. At other times the eye is drawn to the countless folds and creases that ripple across the surface.
For the past ten years, Thomas Vermeer has been working as a stylist for major brands such as Hermès, Vlisco and Longchamp and fashion magazines like ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar. His style is distinguished by its carefully considered balance of colours and complementary materials within the silhouette. This extends a layered and dynamic quality to the final photograph. He is constantly exploring the tension between realism and fantasy, modernity and nostalgia, elegance and rawness, spontaneity and order.
Jochem Rotteveel, born in 1976, The Hague, currently lives and works in Rotterdam. After Communication studies at the University of Groningen and Film and TV production at Concordia University, Montreal, Jochem graduated in 2009 from the Royal Academy of Visual Arts (KABK) in The Hague.
Since 2009, Rotteveel has been exhibiting solo and in group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad, both in galleries and museums. Among other places, his works have been on display at Stedelijk Museum Kampen, BCMA Berlin, Studio Seine in Rotterdam, De Hallen in Haarlem, Espacio Naranjo Madrid and the Shanghai based Pantocrator Gallery.
Furthermore, his work is part of the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Stedelijk Museum Kampen, Villa Zebra, KPMG and various private collections. The collaboration between Galerie Bart and Jochem dates back to 2012 and has resulted in multiple exhibitions and participation in fairs such as Volta Basel, Big Art, KunstRAI and Positions Art Fair Berlin.
Jochem Rotteveel is also represented by Gärna Art Gallery in Madrid.
Thomas Vermeer (b. 1984, NL) is a fashion stylist and colorist currently working and living in Amsterdam. Vermeer has got over a decade of experience in the national and international fashion industry. He worked for magazines such as ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Fantastic Man and styled videos for Longchamp, Hermes and Vlisco.