Say Yes When You Want To Say No is a series of paintings that are a result of the interaction between my strive for perfection and finding ways to oppose it by bending the rules that I had set in advance.  As I’m an obsessive perfectionist who wants to keep things under control, I use experiments while painting to free myself from that obsessiveness.

Daan Roukens Installation Art Glenfiddich

For the introduction of Glenfiddich and their newest Whisky flavours in Amsterdam, I was commissioned to create an experimental room as part of a tasting tour. The audience could experience the new ‘Experimental Series’ in a way tasting has never been done before.

About Contact Daan Roukens Dutch Abstract Artist

Dutch artist Daan Roukens (1987) is best known for his diverse and colourful abstract artworks. Working across painting, wall painting, installations and design, he is driven by a constant interaction of urges and struggles with his obsessive perfectionism. In his work Roukens abstracts our daily life and deals with issues of categorisation by engaging its contradictions. He explores the energetic tension and displays a subtlety of balances in our systems and patterns.


Roukens successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch, 2009) and is currently obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Varying from private projects to commissions for brands and companies, his work has since been collected worldwide and exhibited at museums, galleries, fairs and stores. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.



Since a couple of weeks my prints are available at design store Loods5 in Zaandam. Loods5 offers a complete range of design, furniture and everything that can complement your interior.

Park Hotel Exhibition

With great pleasure I can announce my exhibition at Park Hotel Amsterdam. I will present to you a selection of 10 paintings at the lobby for the duration of 7 weeks. Park Hotel is set in the district of Oud-Zuid right next to the Rijksmuseum…

Zandvoorts Museum

Check out these photos from the exhibition ‘Van Mondriaan tot Dutch Design’ at the Zandvoorts Museum, in which three of my paintings were presented. On the occasion of the national celebration of 100 years De Stijl, the museum organised this exhibition to present a…