Expect Nothing Appreciate Everything

‘Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything’ translates into new abstract self-portraits in which an interaction unfolds between straight and spontaneous lines. While in search for control,  I’m constantly in danger of losing it. The colours alternate against the white paint, so that the pattern and the breakthrough are in conflict with each other. In relation to the paintings, the sound and video works indicate the creative process. By literally transforming the painted layers into sound and image, I want to take the viewer into this process, in order to experience the same as I do.

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.

Say Yes When You Want To Say No #1

Say Yes When You Want To Say No is a work of art that includes a series of paintings and short videos. The paintings are a result of the interaction between my obsessive perfectionism and searching for ways to oppose it.

Daan Roukens Wall Painting De Tandwielenfabriek

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, lies De Tandwielenfabriek (an old sprocket factory). This industrial complex was given a new purpose for housing in 2015. For one of the twelve houses I created a wall painting. In which I gave new value to elements from the designated location.

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird consists out of four paintings in which I further explored the tensions of my obsessive perfectionism. In each of these works I deliberately used tape in the first layer, because of the risk that paint would slide underneath. So when the first layer was finished, I started rebuilding the grid without tape.

Daan Roukens Artworks Portfolio Installation Glenfiddich

For the introduction of Glenfiddich’s newest Whisky flavours in Amsterdam, I was commissioned to create a work of experience during a tasting session. The audience could taste Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series in several chambers. To complement this experience I created an enclosed space covered by painting “If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird #1”.

Daan Roukens Wall Painting Buutvrij for Life

From besmirched bricks to graphic artwork. For almost 75 years, Farrow & Ball has provided extra character for interiors worldwide. In addition to the indoor decorations, the English paint and wallpaper manufacturer now goes a step further into the streets. Together with artist Daan Roukens they added a nice coat of paint on the façade of advertising agency Buutvrij for life.

Notes To Myself #4

Notes To Myself marks the first series of paintings in which I started exploring with the boundaries of my obsessive perfectionism. The idea was to start with a specific color combination in a triangle pattern and gradually change the appearance. Each painting evolved out of a dynamic process from the beginning to the end.

Notes To Myself #4 - Art Print

The exploration in my own painting process, also extends to my artistic practice and position as an artist. I react to contradictions I come across in daily life in such a way that it can broaden my perspective and that of the viewer. For the series Notes To Myself, I used the painting as an object and I placed it opposite of printed media.

Tommy'z Toko

Artist Daan Roukens paints unique artwork on Amsterdam salon façade. After waiting 8 years for permission from the municipality, it’s finally official: Amsterdam’s leading hair salon Tommy’z Toko gets a new façade. Owner Tommy Hagen got none other than artist Daan Roukens to take on the challenging design.

It’s Like You See An Old Friend With A New Haircut

A selection of paintings from 2008 till 2015 ranging from autonomous to commissioned work. A variety in sizes from small watercolor paintings to bigger paintings in egg-tempera and oil.

We Are All In This Together - Installation by Dutch Abstract Artist Daan Roukens

The installation We Are All In This Together was made during a work period of two months in an authentic Chinese ceramics factory. In collaboration with local workers I developed this work with natural products from the environment, such as the clay and the glazes.


Prelude is about a bird who is viewing himself in the mirror and repeats it over and over. The projected video is divided by mirrors to create a double diversity. The image is split on the exact spot where the bird disappears and reappears in the mirror. By placing these new frames at opposite positions the bird flies figuratively speaking through the room.

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