Paul Brouns was born in 1967 in Ittervoort, a small village in the south of the Netherlands.
During his study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg (Academie voor beeldende vorming), he got in touch with photography. At that time it was still an analogue process.
After his graduation (1990) he started creating and exhibiting paintings and graphic prints. After multiple government grants, in the early 1990s he was among the first artists to employ graphic computer applications (Illustrator and Photoshop) as a tool to create art. Around this time Paul Brouns also became more and more involved in graphic design and he started working as a graphic designer for different studios and advertising companies. In 2008 he started working as a freelancer in order to free up more time again for his artistic ambitions.
Inspired by the creative possibilities of digital photography, in recent years (since 2014) he has concentrated mainly on this new medium. Because of his ongoing love of geometrical patterns, repetition and the use of saturated colours, he has developed a personal approach to architectural photography. His work resembles his early abstract work, but through photography it is more strongly linked to the world as he observes it.
His work is available in certified limited editions and is increasingly in demand among art collectors worldwide.
Academy of Fine Arts, Tilburg, the Netherlands (1985 – 1990)
Specialties: photography, painting, drawing, graphic art.
Upcoming / current:
2019 Almere City Archive (photography commission)
2018 Little Treasures, Madrid (Spain) - upcoming
2018 Solo exhibition "The Music of Architecture", Wonderwall, New Delhi (India)
2018 Featured work at the Moscow International Fotography Awards (two silver awards) / Rietveld house, Erasmusweg Utrecht (Netherlands)
2017 Little Treasures - Bologna (Italy) / Essentie III, Den Helder (Netherlands) /
Essentie II, Heusden (Netherlands) / Tokyo International Art Fair (Japan) / Essentie, Utrecht (Netherlands) / WPPI, Las Vegas (USA) / Imaging USA, San Antonio TX (USA)
2016 PhotoKina Photography Fair, Cologne (Germany) / Affordable Art Fair Seoul (South Korea) / Group exhibition - Tilburg University (NL) / KunstRAI / Amsterdam Art (1 - 5 June) / (10-14 Feb) Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam (NL) / Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
2015 Duo exhibition in Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL) / 'Mijn Vincent' NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch (NL) / Group exhibition Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL) / KunstRAI Art Fair, Amsterdam
EVENTS & PUBLICATIONS
2018 2x silver awards at the Moscow International Fotography Awards / Profile article in IDEIA magazine (Brazil) / Portfolio in Get Inspired Magazine getinspiredmagazine.com (September issue) /
Fine Art Photography Awards - 3rd Place winner - 'Photo Manipulation' & Nominee finalist 'Abstract' / International Color Awards - 2x Honorable Mentions
2017 Interview on Dutch Television / Award of Excellence - Bologna (Italy) / Publication catalog "Little Treasures"Essentie III, Den Helder (Netherlands) / Group Exhibition at Rietveld House, Utrecht (Netherlands) / 'Essentie I, II' - Travelling group exhibition in the Netherlands inspired by 100 years 'De Stijl'.
2016 Portfolio in Opticks Magazine (nr. 21 / autumn) / Featured articles on Art Narratives / Instagram for Business - Photowalk Utrecht (NL) / KunstRAI / Amsterdam Art (1 - 5 June) / International Color Award Winner: twice Second Place (abstract and architecture) and 2 additional honorable mentions (professional photographers) / Work selected for Gallery Madrid (Spain) Publication in Holland Herald
/ Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam (NL) / Noord Brabants Museum - competition winner 'Van Gogh theme'.
2015 Art-Alert magazine: Cover image and article / Nov.: Van Gogh Competition Finalist - Noordbrabants Museum (NL)/ Moscow International Foto Awards: 2 honorable mentions /
London International Creative Competition, 2 honorable mentions / feature interview article in magazine Fotografie (NL) - see it on paulbrouns.com / Blog feature on Cultation.com / LAB Magazine featured article / Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam / Realism Art Fair, Amsterdam
2014 Work in stock at Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL) / Instagramers Gallery Award
1995 5 Years Cum Laude - featured art in catalogue
1994 Zichtbaar Eindeloos - book with featured chapter
1990 Bex Brouns Tramper Van de Vrie