Reflections on art and leadership

I use my art to reflect an artist and a senior manager in the financial services industry. I notice that the deeper I understand myself the more I succeed to impact others; in both art and work.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Second Prize Amsterdam International Art Fair (AIAF)

The Amsterdam international Art Fair at the monumental Beurs van Berlage was again a great experience, organised by Joelle Dinnage's Global Art Agency, with hundreds of participating artists and more than a thousand art works.
It also has an award ceremony, where a recognised jury picks the best artists of the whole exhibition.
Last edition my exhibition partner Anna-Lisa Unkuri became third,  and I felt that this year contributions showed even more craft and ideas, so my expectations were managed. The award ceremony was exciting and jury chairman and famous sculpture Ruurd Hallema honoured many artists, mentioning their striking skills, their wonderful artistic themes and personalities. And then the awards…
Third prize for… Jan Aanstoor & Laura Rominu
Second prize for…. Maurice van Tilburg - Glimne
And while I was still digesting things on the podium the winner was announced: Steven Thoelen.

Great to have such recognition by the jury.

Of course extra special in a time where I am still having a busy job as CEO of the Amsterdam stock exchange, where I again became father some 3 months ago of my 5th child, my wife has helped me by supporting my artistic dreams, my oldest son Mart helping me build the stand and composing the wall-of-drawings that was so successful. Feels like new doors are opening, especially knowing that many of the previous winners had an international career afterwards.
GAA CEO Joelle Dinnage, jury chairman Ruurd Hallema, jury member Gena Johns 
and all prize winners showing their Outstanding Award Certification
Winning an award is thrilling and as an artist can be important recognition.
Yet most important is the opportunity to exchange ideas and insights with other artists and art connaisseurs.
It was most inspiring to meet and have long conversations with Yvonne and Ruurd Hallema.
I felt an enormous click when exchanging about the concepts, and I feel admiration for what they have achieved in their gallery and sculptures respectively.

The wall-of-drawings showing freely made street art drawings as part of the Creative Spam concept was highly successful. Many people were attracted by it, and after striking a conversation they were very open to the more complex concepts like Hidden Sacrifice and Decomplexify. 
It was great to have Ruurd & Yvonne Hallema as well as Gena Johns very interested by the drawings, and I was happy to allow them picking a drawing as a souvenir. The drawings were for sharing anyway.
All in all a successful and inspiring event which we finished by posting many Creative Spam art works between 0:00 and 03:00 in the night in beautiful Amsterdam.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Join the streetart posting night in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Art Fair
31 August 2019
Start @BeursVanBerlage
23.45 until all art works are posted

Creative Spam is an award winning streetart concept where we place art works at random places in the city for people to discover...and take home.
Making Amsterdam and everyday life of people just a bit more beautiful.
For more details on the art concept please visit

Join us at midnight after the Amsterdam Art Fair and help spreading more than 50 original drawings in the city of Amsterdam.
Join us for a lovely midnight walk along the city canals, and help finding nice and surprising places to post the art.
Imagine all the people waking up that Sunday finding an original piece of art.

Artist that want to join Creative Spam please contact me at

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amsterdam Art Fair 30-31 August 2019 - invitation to my exhibition

Picture of the previous edition, people looking at my Hidden Sacrifice art works

The picture-perfect city of Amsterdam is playing host to talent from all around the world when it stages the fourth Amsterdam International Art Fair from 30-31 August 2019.
Amsterdam Int'l Art Fair is the international art fair in the Dutch city that brings over 150 exhibitors from around the globe for Amsterdam to enjoy! Attracting art galleries, cultural institutions, art critics and collectors. Offering over 3,000 art pieces on display for exhibition and sale, this is a prime opportunity to immerse oneself into a rich collection of global art either as investor, dealer or purchaser. 
A rich and wonderful mix of talented artists presented by international galleries from over 30 countries that will be filling the prime located Beurs van Berlage – Amsterdam with an incredible display of art.
Fri 30th Aug 2019
VIP Private View and Vernissage  18.00pm - 21.00pm 
Sat 31st Aug 2019
Free entry 11.00am - 17.00pm (Global Art Awards Ceremony at 16.00pm)

(Official website, where you can also get tickets yourself)

I am happy to confirm that I have been selected to participate. For all participants please see the website
Let me know if you want to be kept up to date on the exhibition or if you would like me to provide you tickets.
Also let me know if you want me to get you tickets for the VIP opening Friday 30th.

See you there !!!