Peter Koole, a woman’s voice 2018, 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas, Photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, (CLOUD IN THE SKY), 2012, video, fabric, 308 x 190 cm, photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, installation view 'A crushed Image (20 years after Srebrenica)' at Stroom Den Haag, 2015, photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, The Sky Or The Bus, 2015-2016, acryl on canvas, 170 x 170 cm, Photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, Post-Traumatic, 2017, acryl on canvas,180 x 160 cm, photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, Nothing but the truth, 2018, photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, LAMPEDUSA, 2014, acryl on canvas, 170 x 120 cm, photo © Peter Hilz

Peter Koole, Five Boys, 2013, acryl on canvas, 190 x 105 cm

Peter Koole, see caption, 2008, acryl on canvas, 210 x 145 cm

Peter Koole, Mothers (repetition), 2016, acryl on canvas, 200 x 140 cm

Peter Koole, Dutchbat III kan stikken, 2016, acryl on canvas, 200 x 140 cm

Peter Koole, Flag Vlag, 2016




1958, lives and works in Rotterdam


The driving force for his paintings is a sense of justice. They question our guilt. There’s an appeal for compassion, the attempt to keep someone or some events out of oblivion. Some call Peter Koole's paintings political, he himself finds that a restrictive label that tends too much to a thirst for action. You might say that he chooses the side of the victims or paints from their point of view. The painter does not want to stand in the way, therefore the paintings are painted without a handwriting. Peter Koole wants to represent objectivity thus hoping to convince. This does not mean they are distant. On the contrary, they are emotionally strong and ask for a commitment. His paintings are realistic, include graphics, text, scraps from newspapers and more. This combination of visual and text seduces the spectators to imagine, providing just enough information to put the visual into context. 

Twelve of his works define the pretext in the Balkan war, the fall of Srebrenica and the aftermath to the present day.  Eight works out of this series were shown in 2015 at Stroom Den Haag, A Crushed Image (20 years after Srebrenica). Five works are about Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist who wrote frequently about the Chechen wars, in the newspaper Novaya Gazata. She was killed in 2006. The umbrella title is: Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya was exhibited at International Presscenter Nieuwspoort in The Hague, 2017. Five works deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are paintings of refugees and the Detention Center in Rotterdam. It is not just for the exhibition at Stroom that his work was politically motivated; rather, the artist regards society and art as deeply entangled. Art has a function – Peter Koole’s work serves to reflect, question and shine light upon the conflicting nature of politics and our society today.  

Peter Koole’s paintings are purchased by Museum Jan Cunen Oss, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam , Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (ICN), Centraal Museum Utrecht and Pauluskerk Rotterdam. Peter Koole received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture / Fonds BKVB (1995, 1996, 2003 and 2010).




2019 NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, Kunstenlab, Deventer, NL

2018 Post Traumatic, twelve twelve, The Hague, NL

2017 Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya, International Presscenter Nieuwspoort, The Hague, NL

2012 United in loss, Dick de Bruijn Goes, NL

2009 THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN, eight paintings, Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art, Middelburg, NL

2005 peter koole schrilderijen, Galerie Dick de Bruijn, Amsterdam, NL

2005 Strafpleiters Tour 2006, Peter Koole, TENT., Rotterdam, NL

2004 Peter Koole: nieuw werk, Galerie Dick de Bruijn, Amsterdam, NL 

2000 Zeven schilderijen, TENT. Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, NL 


EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017 GRENZHAUS, Museum Rotterdam, NL 

2017 Masters of Rotterdam’, WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery, NL

2016 DEDICATED’, Galerie SANAA, Utrecht, with Halina Zalewska, NL

2016 The Times They Are a-Changin’, PARK, Tilburg, NL

2015 Arte Concordia, Avenue Concordia, Rotterdam, flags and sculptures, NL

2015 Commitment is (not) a Word, RAM Foundation, Rotterdam, NL

2015 A Crushed Image (20 years after Srebrenica), Stroom Den Haag, NL

2013 PULSAR #010, Pulchri Studio Den Haag, fourteen Rotterdam based artists, NL 

2013 THE MISSING PEACE, Kunstliefde, Utrecht, NL

2013 Elfriede bist Laden, Sub Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam, NL

2013 Re:Rotterdam, Art Fair, Rotterdam, NL

2011 ZERO TOLERANCE, Kunstenlab, Deventer, NL

2011 TEXT ON THE SURFACE, Peter Koole and Kamiel Verschuren, WTC Art Gallery in cooperation with Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, NL

2011 Aankopen Centraal, Projectkamer 3, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL

2010 (CON)TEXTUAL, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, with Anne Dijkstra, NL

2010 NOTHING BUT THE BEST, Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art, Middelburg, NL

2010 ART Amsterdam, Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art, NL

2009 lit. salon, shop-window Boekhandel v/h Van Gennep, Rotterdam, booklaunch “Taal in Kunst/ Art in Language”, NL

2008 ELEMENTAIRE DEELTJES, COVRA, Borssele, with Raoul de Keyser, Guy Mees, Daan van Golden and others, NL

2007 Galerie Dick de Bruijn, Middelburg, with Piet Dieleman, Guido Lippens and Kees Smit, NL 

2006 Art Amsterdam, (Galerie Dick de Bruijn), RAI, Amsterdam, NL 

2004 Art Rotterdam, (Galerie Dick de Bruijn), Las Palmas, Rotterdam, NL

2004 Poetry International Festival Rotterdam, Poetry and Art, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, NL

2004 ...prospecten van nooit vermoed schoon, TENT. CBK, Rotterdam, NL

2004 Het ging over cowboys, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL

1996 De Salon, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL