Canada / The Netherlands
Rudolf Bikkers is a printmaker, painter, and professor of Printmaking at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in Toronto. He was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands. His arts education involved both the visual arts and music. He received his MFA from the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, with that period of study (1960 - 1966) overlapping ten years (1956 - 1966) of studying the cello in both Hilversum and Maastricht.
In 1966, Bikkers emigrated to Canada and, very soon after, began teaching drawing at the HB Beal High School in London, Ontario (1967 - 69). He continued to reside in London until 1983 and jointly pursued his own art, a teaching career, and a printmaking business career. From 1969 to 1977, Bikkers was the Head of the Printmaking Department of Fanshawe College and then, for 1977-78, was Professor of Printmaking at the University of Western Ontario (UWO).
Towards the end of the Fanshawe College period, in 1975, he established a master-print workshop - Editions Canada Inc. - which he continued as a full-time business (along with his own printmaking and painting ) after leaving UWO until 1983, when he accepted an appointment to OCAD (or what was then OCA – the Ontario College of Art) and moved to Toronto. For the next decade, Bikkers was Head of the Printmaking Department at OCAD, and then, from 1993 to present, continued on as Professor of Printmaking.
Rudolf Bikkers is one of the few remaining all-round master printmakers in Canada and, in lithography, is master of masters. His artistry and printing skills – whether his own prints or the print series he has published for major artists (such as Karel Appel and Paul Jenkins) through Editions Canada – are admired worldwide.
Bikkers' career has been marked by periodic projects that connect his love and knowledge of music with his visual arts creativity. His most recent such project, My Muses, a Visual Offering, is a bound set of 20 triptychs inspired by great music. Each 47 x 108 cm. triptych comprises a portrait of a composer, an interpretation of the music, and a text related to the composer and/or Bikkers' relationship with him/her. The set of 20 has been bound in a cloth-and-leather cover, which is provided with a customized box for archival storage and protection. This artist's book is in a limited edition of 100. The composers with whom Bikkers engages are: Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Britten, Popper, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Peterson and Schafer. Three performers are included as well: Starker, Kuerti and Israelievitch.
Bikkers exhibited at Craig Scott Gallery from April 10 to May 4, 2008, with a series of works that have been underway for several years. For some images of, and information on, works to appear in this solo show called Morphogenetic Fields, go to EXHIBITIONS (see menu bar above).
MFA, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands (1960-1966)
Study of the violincello, Hilversum and Maastricht (1956-1966)
2002 Golden Jubilee Medal (Queen Elizabeth II)
2000 Elected to Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA)
1997 Honourable Mention, Ernst & Young Printmaking Competition.
1994 Inscribed in the BOOK OF LIFE at Youth Aliyah in Israel.
1990 A.J. Casson Award, Toronto.
1978 Ontario Arts Council grant.
1976 Hon. Mention, Editions 1, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto.
1974 Purchase Award, 34th Annual A.W.O.E., L.R.A.G London.
1973 C.W. Jeffreys Award for printmaking (first), Can. Graphic Society.
1973 Graphex 1 Purchase Award, Brantford, Ontario.
1969 Honourable Mention Award, Canadian Graphic Society, Toronto.
1969 Heads Print-making Department, The London Free Press (L. Crawford).
1971 Switch from cello to stone, Globe & Mail (Kay Kritzwiser) Toronto.
1972 Prints inspired by Shostakovich Quintet recognized, London Free Press (L.Crawford).
1974 Bikkers’ mono-prints sensually sensitive, Ottawa Citizen (Kathleen Walker).
1976 Imprint ’76 Art Magazine, Toronto.
1976 Control of Medium common factor, The London Free Press (Judy Malone).
1977 Selling Art to save the symphony, Globe & Mail, Toronto.
1978 Bikkers’ brilliant spheres vary endlessly, The London Free Press (Doug Bale).
1979 Editions Canada, Arts View, Toronto. Editions Canada keeps focus on the future, The London Free Press (Dennis Kucherawy).
1980 “Performance”, CFPL TV London. (1/2 hour special Rudolf Bikkers and his work).
1980 Printer courts international Market, The London Free Press (Dennis Kucherawy)
1982 Bikkers’ Icons, catalogue London Regional Art Gallery.
1983 Canadese Kunst in de Vonk, (De Gooi en Eemlander) Holland
1986 Bikkers’ leaves his print on the future, Globe & Mail (Kay Kritzwiser) Toronto.
1986 A soloist in the print world, The London Free Press (Gillian Haggart).
“An artists journal” (autobiographic book) Citywide interview, City TV Toronto.
1998 Rudolf Bikkers gets it all down in print, Globe & Mail (Kay Kritzwiser) Toronto.
Art books blockbuster art stars from Spain and Holland, Artpost (Roger Burford Mason).
1989 An artist’s journal, Global TV, Toronto.
1989 “Rudolf Bikkers,” On the Arts, CJRT radio interview (Tom Fulton) Toronto.
1990 Bikkers completes collection that Jack Chambers started, The London Free Press.
1990 The London Establishment 1990, London Magazine, (Paula McEvenue Adamick).
1992 Making Art Safely, (textbook) Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, N.Y.
1993 Facing the enemy with stone slabs, Globe & Mail (Kate Taylor).
1994 Canadian Fine Art comes to Japan, Tokyo Today.
1997 Egg Tempera painting, Bikkers 1982, Cover Western Alumni Gazette.
1998 “Seeing Music”, catalogue, (foreword, Robert Fulford).
1999 Bikkers gives sight reading of Bach cello suites London Free Press (Sandra Coulson).
1999 “Bachfolio an Extraordinary Collaboration of Music and Art” (editorial) Alexander Ozer, NUVO magazine (millennium issue).
2003 “Arts” 3 x 3 = 9 “Challenge our standard notion about portraiture”, The Record (Philip Bast)
2003 “Condoomapparaat op iedere hoek” De Gooi en Eeemlander Holland Albert Verlinde
2003 “The Artist’s Brush with Danger” Toronto Star Christopher Hutzul
2004 The Journal of the American Print Alliance, Interview Rudolf Bikkers, by Peter MacWhirter
“A timely new look at Prokofiev legacy,” Toronto Star (William Littler)
2006 Culture in the Community: Prokofiev, Munk Centre Monitor Spring 2006, Oksana Kachur
2007 Rich Print Diversity on Display in Seoul, Arts & Living, The Korea Times, June 12, 2007 (Cathy R. A. Garcia)
1967 Canadian Graphic Society, Toronto (group show)
1970 St. Lawrence Center, Toronto (group show)
1970 Kitchener Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario (group show)
1971 McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1971 Ashley & Crippen Gallery, Toronto (one man show)
1972 Gimpel Weitzenhoffer, New York, N.Y. (group show)
1972 Rothmans Gallery, Stratford, Ontario (group show)
1972 Ashley & Crippen Gallery, Toronto (one man show)
1973 Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1973 Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario (one man show)
1973 International Printmaking Exhibition, L.R.A.G London (group show)
1974 Wells Gallery, Ottawa (one man show)
1974 Pascal Gallery, Toronto (one man show)
1976 Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1980 McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1981 Estee Gallery, Toronto (one man show)
1982 Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1982 “Icons”, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario (one man show)
1989 Gallery Rochon, Toronto (one man show)
1989 Triple Tree Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland (one man show)
1989 Galerie Charlotte Daneel, Eemnes, Holland (one man show)
1991 Galerie Lamber, Valkenswaard, Holland (one man show)
1992 Editions Canada Inc. traveling show, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal (group show)
1994 “Act 1”, International Print Portfolio, Boston, USA (group show)
1994 Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Holland (one man show)
1995 “Volatile Alliances” Int. Print Portfolio, Johannesburg, South Africa (group show)
1997 “The Levee” traveling show, New York, Tokyo, Montreal, Dallas, (group show)
1998 “Music in concert with Art”, (collaboration portfolio with Yo-Yo Ma), Scotia Bank Plaza, 100 Yonge Street, Toronto (one man show)
1999 Moore Gallery, Toronto (one man show)
2000 “Bachfolio,” Renison College, University of Waterloo (one man show)
2000 Arts 2000 Gallery, Stratford (group show)
2001 Artists International Direct Support, Naarden, Holland (group show)
2001 Moore Gallery, Toronto (two man show)
2002 RCA painters portfolio, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto (group show)
2003 Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (Hawken, Schleimer and Bikkers) (group show)
2003 Artists International Direct Support (European Division), Amsterdam (group show)
2004 “Art & Dimitri Shostakovich,” Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia (group show)
2005 Colours of Freedom (The Art of Helping Children) (Portfolio N.Y.) (group show)
2006 “A Book in Question,” The Art Exchange, London (group show)
2006 Book launch, Goethe Institut, Toronto (one man show)
2007 MAAPS (International Printmaking Exhibition) - Halifax, Toronto, Seoul (group show)
Collections in Canada and abroad, including:-
Philips, Eindhoven, Holland.-
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.-
London Board of Education, London, Ontario, Canada.-
McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada.-
Sears Building, Chicago-
First National Bank, Miami, Florida, USA.-
Bank of Miami, Florida, USA.-
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, Canada.-
Art Bank Canada Council, Ottawa, Canada.-
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland.-
Estate Dmitri Shostakovich, Moscow, Russia.-
Janos Starker, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.-
London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada.-
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Toronto, Canada.-
National Archives, Ottawa, Canada.-
Metro Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada.-
Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.-
Weldon Library, U.W.O. London, Ontario, Canada.-
Banff Arts Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.-
Blauwhoed B.V., Rotterdam, Holland.-
Hypotheker, Gouda, Holland.-
Eurowoningen, Amsterdam, Holland.-
Rolex Watches, Toronto, Canada.-
KLM Airlines, Toronto, Canada.-
The Royal Conservatorium of Music, Toronto, Canada.-
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada.-
The New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA.-
Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto, Canada.-
Gallery Stratford, Stratford Ontario, Canada-
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada-
Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario, Canada-
CEDEP (European Centre for Executive Development) Fontainebleau, France-
Association Internationale “Dimitri Chostakovitch”, Paris, France