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"Fred van der Wal started his artistic career as New Fig artist"

Fred van der Wal started his artistic career as New Fig artist in 1966 and quickly changed his style in an European version of Pop Art with a surrealistic influence.

His work was in the years he lived in Heemstede very controversial and not accepted by the fellow artists.

Exhibiting the work was virtually impossible. In 1967 the Haarlem artist Kees Verwey commented his work at an exhibition of drawings from Fred in the gallery De Waag in Haarlem, saying: ‘If this is our young art I’ll drop dead!’

Fred answered him : ‘Oh, you old fuckin’ son of a bitch get oud!’

From the beginning of his career the controversial Fred has been rejected in conservative artistic circles. The fate of the talented artist in general and that of Fred van der Wal, in particular.

The work has been exhibited at the solo exhibition of Fred van der Wal in Galerie Mokum 1969 in Amsterdam.

Curiously denied any academically trained ex-VKbloggers this demonstrable fact several years ago.

They were still in diapers when Fred van der Wal work produced in the small living room of the New Spiegelstraat 48 in early 1969.

FRED VAN DER WAL 1942 – 2015

Artist painter Fred van der Wal was born in 1942 at the height of the second world war in the village of Renkum, The Netherlands.
In aug. 1944, the family at three o’clock in the morning fled half an hour escaping an arrest of the SD (The German Nazi Secret Service) and went to Amsterdam. His parents were members of the Dutch Resistance.
Two weeks later, during Operation Marketgarden the family home, library of 7000 books and the bookstore of his parents was destroyed by German soldiers and artillery of the British.
On the run to Amsterdam Aug. 1944 the train where Fred and his parents traveled to the capi tal had been fired several times by British spitfires.
The endangerend youth of the artist was eventful and tragic. His biological parents who lived elsewher tried for years to get him in an orphanage to harass the grandparents where Fred lived from his 2-nd birthday.
Years of legal processes followed from 1952 untill 1963 when the artist reached the age of 21 years.
At the age of eighteen years, the grandparents forbade him in 1960 to visit an art school and forced him to follow five years at the training college for teachers at the level of an elemen tary school. Three months before the final exam after five long years he dropped out in 1966, followed by three years of bitter poverty in Amsterdam-C.
He refused military service on grounds of conscience and tore his military passport.
He was refused several times for a government grant and membership of several artists’ asso ciations from 1965 untill 1972.
May 1967 he moved back to Amsterdam. From 1966-1974 he lived in a house in the centre of Amsterdam.
In 1967 Fred became a regular artist at the figurative Galerie Mokum until 1973 in Amster dam and in 1969 he took part in the exhibition Dutch Realists in the Arnhem Municipal Museum. Between 1966 and 2015 the artist exhibited more than 350 times at one man and groupshows in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris, London, New York.
His work was boycotted by the Reformed Christian Artists Association and the christian publishers company Art Revisited for unknown reasons.
Within Gallery Mokum the other artists fiercely resisted Fred van der Wal against his work and person.
The conservative painters found the work of Fred van der Wal too modern and related to Pop Art.
In 1972 Fred joined the famous artist association Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam and in 1974 he became a member artist of Pulchri Studio in The Hague.
In France, he became a member of Le Groupe Nevers. from 2004-2014. An invitation to the Florence Biennale, the mentally and physically unbroken artist rejected.
In 2007 he became a member of the Dutch Society of draughtsmen.
After 2009, the active, irrepressible painter/ writer / blogger/ex-martial arts expert published dozens of books on art, literature, photography and autobiography by several Publishing Houses.
Fred practiced between 1957 and 1995 three martial arts and joined in 2015 a shooting club in thevillage where he lived.

Additional info:

Fred worked from 1964-1967 in the village of Heemstede, from 1967-1978 in Amsterdam from 1978-2002 in Friesland and left Holland after 24 years of opposition from the art world to move to Northern France Sept.
He lived and worked in France from 2002-2009 and returned to Holland to spend 6 months in Holland and six months in France from 2009-2015.
His work was still boycotted by the Dutch press and several exhibition spaces and galleries in the North of the Netherlands which amounted in practice to a prolongation of the dutch left wing professional artists ban.

Group shows:

1966 Vishal, Haarlem
1967 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
1968 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
1969 Gemeentemuseum Arnhem
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Kunstforum Göhrde, BRD
Galerie Schürmann, Helmstedt, BRD
Galerie Herzog, Mannheim
Galerie Galg 68, Mannheim
Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
1970 Rondreizende tentoonstelling “Vijftig Jaar Nederlands Realisme” (Amstelveen, Assen, Apeldoorn, Zaandijk, Sittard, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Stockholm)
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Liljevachs Konsthall, Hollandsk Realism, Stockholm
1971 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
1972. Rondreizende tentoonstelling “10 Jaar Galerie Mokum”(Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Hapert)
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Portal Gallery, Londen
1973 Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1974 Rondreizende NKS tentoonstelling “Objektief Gezien”:
Gemeentemuseum, Roermond
AVRO studio, Hilversum
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
Elsevier, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
De Vishal, Haarlem
1975 Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Rondreizende tentoonstelling “Fantastisch Beeld.” NKS, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum, aankopen, Amsterdam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Excerpta Medica, Amsterdam
Kunststichting Velzen
Nederlandse Kunststichting, Rijkscollecties, Amsterdam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
Bijenkorf, Amsterdam, org. SBK
1976 Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
ABN AMRO bank, Amsterdam
AVRO studio, Hilversum
1977 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
VU, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
VU, Amsterdam
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1978 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Galerie Pulchri, Den Haag
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam
Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
VU, Food Art, Amsterdam
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Cultureel Centrum De Koningswei, Tilburg
1979 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Thomas Dehler Institut, Regensburg, BRD,
Arthouse Boston, U.S.A.
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Galerie van Hulsen, Leeuwarden
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Galerie Pulchri, Oegstgeest
1980 Nederlandse Kring van Tekenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1981 SBK Leeuwarden,
Zienagoog, Zaandam
1982 Presentatie ’82 (Weert, ‘s Hertogenbosch)
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
1984 Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag Vandaag, Den Haag
1985 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum Collectie,
Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom
Museum It Bleekershûs, Drachten
Galerie Mokum, Mokum collectie, Amsterdam
1986 Kunstruimte Heerenveen
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Kasteel Hank Dussen
Congresgebouw, Noordwijkerhout
1987 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Aemstelle, Amstelveen
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Princessehof, Leeuwarden
1988 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Reclame Bureau Business to Business, Amstelveen
1989 Provinciehuis, Groningen
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Nederlof Repro, Heemstede
1990 Provinciehuis Drenthe, Assen
Collection d’ Arti, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Christelijke Hogeschool, Leeuwarden
Ministerie van VROM, Den Haag
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Nederlof Repro Cruqius
1991 Galerie Mokum Collectie,ING Amsterdam
1992 Galerie Mokum Collectie,ING Amsterdam
1993 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Compliance, Amstelveen
1994 Salon du Désir, Arti et Amicitie, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Het Atrium, Amsterdam
1995 Avero, Leeuwarden
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Het Atrium, Amsterdam
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Princessehof, Leeuwarden
1996 Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Salon Actuel, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1997 Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum De Buitenplaats, Eelde
1998 Sint Jorispand, Antwerpen
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum Mohlmann, Venhuizen
1999 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum Mohlmann, Venhuizen
2000 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum Mohlmann, Venhuizen
2001 Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum Mohlmann, Venhuizen
2002 Galerie Mokum Collectie,Museum Mohlmann, Venhuizen
2004 Palais Ducal, Nevers
Salle Palatine, Cosne
Mairie Chateau Neuf Val de Bargis. Peinture Fraîche
Mairie La Marche. Peinture Fraîche
Salle Expo, Murlin
Salle Expo, Charité sur Loire
La Chapelle, Donzy les Prés
Halle des Expos, Beffes,
Palais Ducal, Nevers
Maison des Associations, Donzy
TEM galerie, Leeuwarden
Maison des Associations, Donzy
Eglise Champvoux
2005 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
Palais Ducal, Nevers
Palais Ducal, Nevers
Maison des Associations, Donzy
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Het Oude Raadhuis, Aalsmeer
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Ernst&Young, Den Haag
Galerie Mokum Collectie, Museum van Lien, Fijnaart
Halle des Expos, Beffes
Galerie R’Art, Donzy
Mairie St. Bonnot
2006 Palais Ducal, Nevers
Palais Ducal, Nevers
Maison des Associations, Donzy
Expo Halle, Guérigny
Expo Halle, Beffes
Galerie R’Art, Donzy
2007 Palais Ducal, Nevers
Maison des Associations, Donzy
2008 Palais Ducal, Nevers
Palais Ducal, Nevers
Maison des Associations, Donzy Salle des Fêtes, Donzy
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2009 Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Nederlandse Kring van Tekenaars, Alphen a/d Rijn
Nederlandse Kring van Tekenaars, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag

One Man’s Shows:

1969 Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam.
1970 Galerie Tardy, Enschede.
Gemeentehuis, Bloemendaal
1971 Galerie Tardy, Enschede.
1974 Elsevier, Amsterdam
Tailored Prints, Amsterdam
1975 Rondreizende tentoonstelling zeefdrukken van Fred van der Wal org. Culturele Raad Noord Holland
Kunststichting Felison, Velsen
1976 ABN galerij, Amsterdam
Textielcentrum, Amsterdam
1977 Cult. Centrum, Tilburg
1978 AMRO bank, Nijmegen
1981 Centraal Beheer, Apeldoorn
1983 Pulchri Studio, Den Haag.
TEM Galerie, Leeuwarden
Galerie van Hulsen, Leeuwarden
1985 Arti galerie, Amsterdam
Museum It Bleekerhûs, Drachten
1986 Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Shell laboratorium, Amsterdam
Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
1987 Galerie Salammbo, Parijs
Galerie Salammbo, Genève
2002 TEM Galerie, Leeuwarden
2004 Musée Maupertuis, Donzy (Frankrijk)
2007 La Chapelle de Corbelin, Saint Andre (Frankrijk)


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