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Hans van Moerkerken was born in Hilversum, Holland. At
the age of four he was photographed behind an easel and
Hans later realized that this photograph would become a
prophetic symbol for his becoming an artist and oil
After completing grade school, young Hans took the
required exam for the art-academy and was told that he
did not have the talent or the motivation to become an
artist. Luckily, Hans listened to his "inner voice" and
he never stopped pursuing his carreer as an oil painter.
For many years he studied the techniques of the 17th
and 19th Century artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer,
Schelfhout and Roelofs. Impressionist art also became
subject of intense study and during those learning years
Hans earned his living in art restoration.
For practice and study Hans copied many of the old
Masters. In fact, some of his paintings were so good
that they showed up at auctions, touted as original
works by 19th century artists.
Hans moved to Weesp on the river Vecht, near Amsterdam.
The Vecht is where, in the past, artists of The Hague
School found their inspiration as well as in Barbizon.
His technique and feeling of colors has made him one of
the most important contemporary landscape artists of the
A number of successful painters have studied under Hans:
Dick de Vries, Wouter van Soest, Frits Goosen and Simon
His first exposition was held in Arnhem in 1983 and
Hans has since had many more expositions including some
in the United States. Hans' work can be found in many
important collections, such as the one of the president
of National Geographic..The Carmel Art Festival 2000
honored Hans with two awards: 2nd place in the Plein Air
Painting Contest and first place "Artist's Choise" for
his painting titled," Monterey Harbor".Another award was
won in Holland in 2000: first place in the Blaricum
Plein Air contest. Both events were initiated by van
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