Aart Kemink

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Kemink, Haan, oil on canvas

Aart Kemink (May 30, 1914, Rotterdam – 2006, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) (variant names Arie Kemink, Art Kemink) was a Dutch-Canadian painter.


Kemink studied at Amsterdam's Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (in English: Royal Academy of Visual Arts).[1]


After his studies, he shared a studio with the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher in the late 1940s, and - in the early 1950s - became a member of the Beroepsvereniging van Beeldende Kunstenaars (known as the BBK or, in English, Union of Visual Artists). During his time in the Netherlands, Kemink also worked with compatriot artist Karel Appel, best known for his involvement in the Danish-Belgian-Dutch CoBrA movement. In 1957, Kemink participated in an exhibition of artists working for the theatre and circus at Amsterdam's nonextant Fodor Museum.

Much of his work of the 1940s and 1950s was affected by World War II and the deleterious effects of the Nazi presence in the Netherlands. During the war, Kemink fought for the Dutch resistance. As a result of his efforts and abilities, he was later commissioned by the City of Amsterdam to produce a series of gouaches depicting the city's old Jewish quarters and the tragedy of their destruction (see Holocaust in History of the Jews in the Netherlands).

Kemink emigrated to Canada in 1958, first settling in Brandon, Manitoba, then finally in Toronto, Ontario. He eventually became a Canadian citizen.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 1992-2006: Laurier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: New Oils & Works on Paper: Annual Exhibition
  • 1957: Fodor Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Painting for the Theatre & Circus: An Exhibition of Work by Amsterdam's Leading Artists


  1. "Discover painter, watercolorist, draftsman Aart Kemink".
  • Scheen, Pieter A. Lexicon Nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars 1750-1950. Vol. 1 (A-L). The Hague: Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen, 1969-1970.
  • VanderMey, Albert. "Aart Kemink." The Dutch Touch in Ontario. Ed. Marten A. Mol. Toronto: Mol, 1997.

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