Joan van Barneveld – Ghost Tropic

Saturday June 10th, until Saturday, July 22nd

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Ghost Tropic, featuring works by Dutch artist Joan van Barneveld. This exhibition marks the first collaboration between Van Barneveld and the gallery.

Through monochromatic paintings Joan van Barneveld expresses a desire to operate outside of everyday conventions, to withdraw and escape from the structures that merely limit or undermine our individual sense of freedom. It is a desire that originates from the world of punk and rock ’n roll, but instead of staging a blunt revolt against the system, Van Barneveld has committed to the paradoxical task of depicting things that have disappeared.

The paintings of Van Barneveld show empty spaces, evacuated scenes or even mere shadows whose origin is obscured. By printing rather than painting, the artist has managed to create paintings that are devoid of any trace of a possible author. They are the result of a process of artistic negation through which Van Barneveld shifts our focus precisely from what is present to what is absent, emphasising that what you can see exists by virtue of what you cannot and vice versa.

By working from this fundamental sense of absence, van Barneveld proves that even things that are incomprehensible and for which there is no place within the limits of everyday conventions nevertheless do exist. Even the emptiness of the absent has a substance and while the artist’s paintings continuously point to what is not there, they function as a way to consider what is truly valuable – that what becomes painstakingly present in its absence.

Joan van Barneveld (1978, Veghel, NL) lives and works in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She graduated from the Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht in 2001, and finished a post-graduate residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2016. Works by Van Barneveld are part of many renowned public collections, such as the DSM Art Collection, De Nederlandsche Bank, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Museum het Domein, Sittard and SCHUNCK, Heerlen, among various private collections in Europe and the U.S. Joan van Barneveld has exhibited, among many other places, at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Het Domein, and at various galleries in Europa, New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, his monograph INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK was awarded a Best Dutch Book design award. 

Joan van Barneveld – Ghost Tropic
10 June – 22 July 2017
Opening: Saturday 10 June from 17:00 hours

Biography - Joan van Barneveld
Exhibited Artists

Joan van Barneveld, Say Yes, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 140 x 140 cm

Joan van Barneveld, Say Yes, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 140 x 140 cm



Born 1978 in Veghel, the Netherlands


Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, 1997 – 2001

Jan van Eyck academie, 2015 – 2016



* Ghost Tropic, solo exhibition, Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* Day for night, solo exhibition, LMAKgallery, New York, US          

* Illusion and revelation, from the collection of the Bonnefantenmuseum, group show, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands 

* How to disappear completely, group show curated by Yasmijn Yarram, Garage, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


* MIRROR/STAGE, solo exhibition, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands

* Joan van Barneveld / Nicholas Lachance / Manor Grunewald – Between the bars, group show (re)D. gallery, Antwerpen, Belgium

* JVE open studio’s, group show, Jan van Eyck academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands

* Recent acquisitions, group show, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


* Koempels, group show curated by Lene ter Haar, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


* Thrilling autonomy, group show in conjunction with Eindhoven Psych Lab, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

* INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK, exhibition/working period/book with Onomatopee, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

* Beating around the bush #1, group exhibition, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands

* Bad Moon Rising, solo exhibition, Paul Loya gallery, Los Angeles, US


* Bad Moon Rising, solo exhibition, LMAK Projects, New York, US

* Gulf, group show, Fordham University Gallery, New York, US

* CODA Black, group show, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

* HIT THE LIGHTS, group show, Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles, US

* Dream like state, solo exhibition, Van Sint Fiet underground gallery, Maastricht, The Netherlands


* New work, Galerie 48, Breda, The Netherlands

* Voor eeuwig de jouwe, group show, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, The Netherlands

* Keep the ghosts away, group show, JVE Academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands


* Een i treurend om een punt, group show, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, The Netherlands

* Stages, solo exhibition, LMAKprojects, New York City, US

* Vermutlichungen, solo exhibition,  Raum fuer Kunst, Aachen, Germany [catalogue]


*  Lucht is tastbaarder dan mijn gedachten, group show, Chateau d’Aspremont Lynden, Rekem, Belgium

* Painting, five perspectives, group show, Tegenboschvanvreden gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

*  The Invisible Colour, collection presentation, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands


* Until my darkness goes, group show, LMAKprojects, New York City, US

* Echoes, solo exhibition, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands [catalogue]

* Schunck@pinkpop newseum, Pinkpop Landgraaf,The Netherlands


*  Schunk Collectors House, Schunk Glaspaleis, Heerlen, The Netherlands

*  Dutch Royal Prize for Painting, 2008, GEM Den Haag, The Netherlands

*  Parkstad Limburg Prijs 2008, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, The Netherlands

*  Recent Aquisitions, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands

*  Mooi niet, Gouvernement Maastricht, The Netherlands


*  Fresco, de Fabriek Eindhoven, The Netherlands

*  Prospect park, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands


*  Space invaded , B32 Maastricht, The Netherlands

*  Im atelier, IKOB, Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen, Belgium

*  Lovehatelove, Marktstraat 10 Roermond, The Netherlands


* Mondriaan Fund grant for the project/book INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK, 2014

* FBKVB basisstipendium, 2010

* FBKVB project grant for installation at Museum Het Domein Sittard, 2009


* Movements and centres, with Freek Lomme, published by onomatopee, ISBN: 978-94-91677-32-8

* INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK , monography, published by onomatopee, ISBN: 978-94-91677-20-5

* Vermutlichungen, exhibition catalogue, Raumfuerkunst Aachen

* Echoes, exhibtion catalogue, Museum Het Domein Sittard, ISBN: 978-90-75883-46-6

* Re: Happy Days, OMP38, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, ISBN: 978-90-78454-39-7


Psychoschq, prospect park, cd, 2006

Viberider, evolve the long lead, cd, 2006

Viberider, split for michigan, 10” record, 2009

Viberider, the big show, cd, 2010

Teenage Slaves of Satan, T.S.O.S. I, cd, 2012

Teenage Slaves of Satan, T.S.O.S. II, cd, 2012

Teenage Slaves of Satan, T.S.O.S. III, cd, 2013

Teenage Slaves of Satan, T.S.O.S. IV, cd, 2014

Teenage Slaves of Satan, ITHLOYS, LP, 2016

Freek Lomme, Joan van Barneveld, Gert-Jan Prins, Songs about the business, 7”, released by De Player, 2017


DSM Art Collection, De Nederlandsche Bank, Collection Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Collection Museum Het Domein Sittard, Collection SCHUNCK Heerlen, various private collections in Europe and the U.S.


* Jan van Eyck academy, 2015-2016

* INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK, working period at onomatopee project space, february   and march 2014, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

* Raid Projects, march and april 2011, Los Angeles, US