Photo of Rudolf Bikkers
rbikkers@faculty.ocad.ca
Photo of Rudolf Bikkers
Rudolf Bikkers
Professor
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000, Ext. 338
rbikkers@faculty.ocad.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Printmaking, Drawing, painting

Overview

Becoming an artist I consider not so much a career choice as the recognition of an inner compulsion: one is aware that creating art is and always will be an essential, vital part of oneself. Those artists who throughout history have defined a certain culture have traditionally learned their craft from experts as students or apprentices. Discussion and the exchange of ideas with their teachers and peers has helped shape their artistic views and philosophies.

Nowadays, this process mostly takes place at an educational institution such as OCAD, where I've worked as a faculty member for the past 24 years.

Any good academic institution is itself a work in progress, fostering the growth and affecting the future of all those who study and teach there. It cannot succeed without a substantial extracurricular contribution by its faculty, who must also conduct an ongoing dialogue with those in management and administration, so as to keep all aspects of academic life evolving in ways that benefit the students.

As a passionate practicing artist, I am convinced that the continual exploration and development of new ideas is crucial, and I have a need to communicate them to my utmost potential. In addition to painting, my chosen medium of visual communication is printmaking, in all its varieties, but lithography in particular.

Education

1960-66: BA, MFA, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Holland

Selected Exhibitions

2007: Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

2007: Total Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2006: Goethe Institut, Toronto (solo)

2000: Bachfolio, Renison College, University of Waterloo

2000: Moore Gallery, Toronto (solo)

1998: Music in Concert with Art (collaboration portfolio with Yo-Yo Ma), 100 Yonge St., Scotia Plaza, Toronto

1994: Act 1 Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Holland (solo)

1991: Galerie Lamber, Valkenswaard, Holland (solo)

1989: Gallery Rochon, Toronto

1989: Triple Tree Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

1989: Galerie Charlotte Daneel, Eemnes, Holland

1982: Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario

1982: Icons, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario

Selected Publications

2007: Edition, Canadian Who,s Who

2006: Goethe Institut, "My Muses" (handmade book)

2004: Munk Centre, Toronto

2004: The Journal of the American Print Alliance, Bikkers Interview

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2007: Toronto Outdoor Exhibit, Toronto juror

2006: "Vooruit"Photo exhibit, Toronto juror

RCA