Daan Roukens Dutch Abstract Artist

Daan Roukens is a Dutch visual artist, known for his diverse and colourful abstract self-portraits. He portrays what is going on in his head in an abstract way. Roukens continuously experiences a restless feeling as a result of the tension between order and chaos and is always searching for the connection between the two. “When I experience too much chaos, I let my obsessive perfectionism run free and if that structure becomes too dominant, I will add chaos again. This allows me to connect both and to create a peace of mind, which feels like a sublime experience. I feel the strong need to take the viewer into this process in order to experience the same as I do.“


Through his art he gives new value to daily life by questioning contradictions that most people take for granted. Various opposing answers can coexist and together they exceed thinking in black-and-white terms. “I change everyday recognizable things in such a way that it broadens my perspective and that of the viewer.”


Roukens successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch, 2009) and obtained his Master of Fine Art degree at the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam, 2018). His work varies from autonomous projects to commissions and initiating his own exhibitions. His abstract self-portraits are known by a broad audience and are exhibited at museums, galleries, shops and fairs. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything

Inspired by Google’s colour logo, the research is followed by an interplay of straight and spontaneous lines. I’m searching for new forms of communication within the painting process by sound, film and sculpture. Stay tuned!

The Abstract Self-Portrait emphasis on the experience of the (painting) process. By literally transforming painting Say Yes When You Want To Say No #6 into video and sound, the painting unfolds with each added layer. A color accentuates a tone and no paint implies no sound. With The Abstract Self-Portrait, Roukens creates new gateways through that process into that sublime experience. The video continuously constructs moments of contradictions between process and result, between painting and sound, and between the artist and the viewer.

I’m very excited to present to you a new artwork: The Abstract Self-Portrait. Although I use this title to address my paintings, I thought it was necessary to appoint the artwork that brought this term to life.

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With great pleasure I’d like to announce that my paintings are now on display at the Number Nine store in Amsterdam. Located on Elandsgracht 34, the store is known for ..

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