Preeminent Portland artist Henk Pander is well known for his unflinching treatment of difficult subjects; in this new show he explores the contrasting landscapes of his native Netherlands and adopted Pacific Northwest home. The consummate draftsman, Pander uses plein air and studio still life as the basis for his compelling and commanding paintings. In a show that contrasts the wild, dramatic beauty of some of nature’s most isolated places with exquisite and intimate gardens, Pander explores the wide ranging influence that we have on our surroundings, and the impact those surroundings make upon us.
Henk Pander studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam before moving to Portland in the 1960s. In addition to his painting career, he worked extensively in theatre set design beginning with the Storefront Theatre in the 1970s-80s and numerous projects for the Portland Center for Performing Arts, OR. His work is well collected and is represented in many public collections including; City of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Oregon Historical Society, Portland; Portland Art Museum, OR; Seattle Convention Center, WA; and University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene.In 2011, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, OR presented a major retrospective exhibition of his work. He has an extensive exhibition history both nationally and abroad.