Frans Clement


A representative of Dutch realism (or realistic art)

Frans Clement (1941) lives and works in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Clement is recognised as a representative of Dutch Realism. Clement adds an extra dimension to reality, he does not copy it. His paintings therefore have nothing in common with the often emotionless paintings of technically capable realistic artists. Clement's realistic paintings help you discover the beauty in very ordinary objects. Once you understand his vision, you will look at the world around you in a different way.

Your eyes will be drawn to Clemnt's paintings time and time again. The objects that he paints are alive. That is the true essence of realism. That is why Clement can be seen as one of the great representatives of Dutch realistic art.

When studying at the "Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten" (Amsterdam, 1963 – 1968) Clement started building his collection that consists of oil paintings, aquarels and drawings. Over the years, this collection has grown to several hundreds of objects of realistic art.

                ClementDuring his career as an artist, Clement has exhibited his realistic paintings at several venues:
  • "Stedelijk van Abbe" museum in Eindhoven
  • "Stedelijk Museum" in Oostende, Belgium
  • "Jan Cunencentrum" in Oss
  • "Kunsthal" in Rotterdam
  • "Museum Kempenland" in Eindhoven
Many objects are owned by private collectors. In addition, representative work of his realistic art form has been acquired by:
  • The "ING collection"
  • "Museum voor Schone Kunsten" in Gent, Belgium
  • "Museum Kempenland" te Eindhoven
  • "Jan Cunencentrum" in Oss
  • "Stedelijk van Abbe" museum in Eindhoven
  • "Noord-Brabants Museum" in ’s-Hertogenbosch
When studying at the "Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten" in Amsterdam, Clement was awarded the Uriot price.

Clement received a bronze medal at the Europe Prize for Painting in Oostende, Belgium in 1973, 1976 and 1978.

Three times, Clement was given a scholarship by The Dutch Ministery of Education, Arts and Science.

Clement's realistic art cannot be classified as one of the established art forms or trends.
His work does not have the coldness and the lack of emotion that often characterises foto realism. It has nothing to do with magic realism - an art form that portrays unrealism and unavoidable defeatism.

Whether his subjects are alive or dead, beautiful or ugly, Clement paints these with a serene attention to detail, again and again transforming them into an image that expresses harmony and beauty.

 © 2016, Group "Frans Clement, Dutch Realism"