1958, works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 




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 studied graphic arts St. Joost in Breda from 1977 to 1982. He received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation of Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and his work has been purchased by institutions such as the Museum Jan Cunen Oss, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (ICN) and Centraal Museum Utrecht.




United in loss, A Crushed Image (20 years after Srebrenica), Stroom Den Haag, 2015 (Photo credits: Peter Hilz) 

The Sky Or The Bus


Flag Vlag

Five Boys

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D-Day 2014 (off-stage)

Rafah, Gaza 




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