Take the history of Dutch abstract art: the paintings of Piet Mondrian, the design of Gerrit Rietveld and the art of Theo van Doesburg. Add ceramic and see the intense compositions of Wim Borst come out of the furnace.
His passion for pottery was not immediate – his first exhibition took place at the age of 31 – and as a career it was prevalently self-taught, illuminated by lessons by Ru de Boer and Emmy van Deventer.
Wim Borst’s style and pieces distinguish themselves for the great precision of the execution and for the clean and defined cut. From the squared and angular lines of the 80s and 90s to the contemporary undulating silhouettes that intersect on various planes.
Yet inside this formal cage that oscillates between geometry and abstraction, Wim takes liberties with the use of colors, materials, contrasts and themes.
Indeed in his work we find materials other than ceramic, such as plexiglass, which he has used in the past and a series of organic materials he used recently, which increase the character of the surface of his objects.
Photos via wimborst-ceramics.nl