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

Post-Traumatic, 2017, 180 x 160 cm (Photo credits: Peter Hilz) 

Flag Vlag

The Sky Or The Bus, 2015-2016, 170 x 170 cm

LAMPEDUSA, 2014, 170 x 120 cm 

Five Boys, 2013, 190 x 105 cm

see caption, 2008, 210 x 145 cm

(CLOUD IN THE SKY) 2012, 308 x 190 cm

Rafah, Gaza, 2017, 200 x 120 cm

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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’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).





2017 Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya, Internationaal Press center The Hague

2012 United in loss, Dick de Bruijn Goes

2009 THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN, eight paintings, Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art, Middelburg 2005 peter koole schrilderijen, Galerie Dick de Bruijn, Amsterdam

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

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

2000 Zeven schilderijen, TENT. Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam 


EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017 GRENZHAUS, Museum Rotterdam

2017 Masters of Rotterdam’, WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

2015 A Crushed Image (20 years after Srebrenica), Stroom Den Haag (See You in

2015 The Hague program), Peter Koole (The Balkan Paintings) and Jason File

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

2013 THE MISSING PEACE, Kunstliefde, Utrecht, with Lorenzo Casali, Bart Michiels, and others

2013 Elfriede bist Laden, Sub Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam

2013 Re:Rotterdam, Art Fair, Rotterdam

2011 ZERO TOLERANCE, Kunstenlab, Deventer

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

2011 Aankopen Centraal, Projectkamer 3, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

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

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

ART Amsterdam 2010, Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art

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

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

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

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

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

2004 Poetry International Festival Rotterdam, Poetry and Art, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam 2004 Pprospecten van nooit vermoed schoon, TENT. CBK, Rotterdam

2004 Het ging over cowboys, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss

1996 De Salon, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam