photo: Seb Koudijzer

At the root of my practice lies a fascination with the creative urge found in the human experience and the conjoined balance between becoming and dissolving. The continual state of transformation is apparent throughout the cosmos, but seems to chafe with our lived experience where safety and predicability have become valued ambitions. Although these ambitions have had beneficial impact on civilisation and helped emancipate large groups of people, we have grown estranged of chance and change. 

In an investigation into transformation and the chance involved with it, I focus on materiality through processes and tendencies inherent to the material or discover by mankind. By experimentation I try to reach a sense of physical and conceptual understanding of the materiality and how can relate. The work I make is self-referential, it is about the objects themselves as manifestations of the processes required for their appearance. I am interested in their thingness and existence, not in the impressions they give or references they bring up. 


Niel de Vries (b. 1994, NL)

2019 Nocturne (solo), BAEK, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Linear Experiments (solo), Dit is Uit de Kunst, RMD, NL
2019 Lost in Transition (solo), Kaapse Maria, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Opening event De Kroon (group), De Kroon, Rotterdam, NL
2018 Affordable Art Auction (group), MONO, Rotterdam, NL

2019 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

Awards & Grants
2019 VSC Artist's Grant

2019 CBK Rotterdam Incidental Contribution International Project 

2019 Paper making workshop, De Hoekstee, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Screen printing class, Grafisch Lyceum, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Open workshop, Mesh Print Club, Rotterdam, NL
2018 Introduction screen printing, MiddFest, Rotterdam, NL

2019 Meet the Artist, Mesh Print Club, Rotterdam, NL
2019 YouHood, Hip-Hop in je Smoel, Rotterdam, NL

2019 Exterior mural, YouHoud international exchange project, Melilla, ES
2019 Interior mural, De Wasserij, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Panel curtain design & production, CIC Rotterdam, NL
2018 Cover art, Somewhere in Between LP, The Data Artist, Rotterdam, NL

Works held in private collections in Rotterdam, Aruba and Virginia, USA