Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Rosso Trattoria Italia
if ART Gallery


ROSSO Trattoria Italia
Trenholm Plaza
4840 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

Reception: Monday, April 14, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 –

            One of Columbia’s finest restaurants, Rosso Trattoria Italia at Trenholm Plaza, presents with if ART Gallery a body of work by Dutch painter Kees Salentijn, who is represented by if ART. The reception for the exhibition, now on view, is Monday, April 14, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

        Amsterdam native and resident Salentijn (b. 1947) is among The Netherlands’ most prominent painters. The initial inspiration leading to his mature style came from post-war American art and from Spanish painters such as Tapies, Antonio Saura, and later Millares. Salentijn developed a personal style that combined the expressionist, painterly swath with smaller but equally expressionist marks that are quick and slightly nervous but sure. Combining vigorous painting with often-childlike imagery, Salentijn’s work eventually placed him in the Northern European, post-war CoBrA tradition of strongly expressionist, abstracted art that containes representational elements. Salentijn’s increased use of figuration in the 1990s confirmed this link. His work is in several European museums. In addition to the 1982 Chicago Art Fair, his work has been represented at major European art fairs, including Art Fair Basel, TEFAF Maastricht, Kunstmesse Cologne and KunstRAI Amsterdam.

Personajes con Bicicleta, 2004, mixed media on paper
10 x 13 in., $750

La Familia, 1995, acrylic on canvas,
13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in., $1,700

En la Costa, 1994, mixed media on paper, 11 x 15 in.,

Dos Amigas, 2002, mixed media on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Untitled, 1997, mixed media on paper
19 3/4 x 25 3/4 in., $1,675
Untitled, 1992, mixed media on paper
23x 15 in., $1,550

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