Seascape by Pieter Daniel Dik (1943-1984) Original Oil Painting On Canvas Signed


Seascape by Pieter Daniel Dik (1943-1984) Original Oil Painting On Canvas Signed

Frame: 46 1/4" w x 34 3/8" t

Canvas: 36" w x 24" t

Biography Pieter Dik

● born: 1943, Alkmaar

● dead: 1984, Schoorl

● category: reproductions

● quantity of artworks at Kunstgalerie Oog voor Natuur (webshop): 2


Pieter Daniel Dik was born in Alkmaar at the 28th of September 1943. His father, who was a postman, restores antique furniture in his spare time and was a keen birdwatcher. He passed his love for nature on to his oldest son Pieter, who starts already at a young age with painting. At the age of eight, the boy makes his first drawings. „A year later, he painted in oil paint the head of an ox”, tells his wife Gerda Kager (° 1944) in ”De Arend”, a cottage with a thatched roof on the outskirts of the village of Schoorl; a dream house for Dik. Apart from the beautiful painted panel, the widow also keeps an early watercolour of him as a valuable. „He made this on the isle of Texel when he was fifteen.”

After having finished college, Pieter becomes a builder of churchorgans. During that period he already makes small paintings. „He signed his work firstly with ”Piet”, later with ”Dik” and eventually with ”Pieter Dik”.” In 1972, Mrs. Dik got to know the autodidact, gives birth to two daughters and remains his wife until his death. „My husband was a restless nature lover. He always felt uncertain. He was, however, a born artist. His paintings move!”

Dik, who devotes himself to painting since 1965, considers himself more as a craftsman. „I have just a job, from a technical point of view a difficult job. What I make, should be exactly right and should be at a high level.” Dik spends a lot of time on observing animals in the adjacent dunes and later on in the woods of the Veluwe. He also gains inspiration in Scotland and Sweden.

Arnold Foeke van der Wal introduces Dik into the hunting scene. In 1985, at the opening of a wildlife art show he reveals how Dik’s wife attempts to make the first contact via the telephone „with a lovely and modest woman voice.” After that talk, she sent Van der Wal two slides after which he decides to call Rien Poortvliet: „There is a man coming, who is going to be your main rival.” When Poortvliet looks at the pictures the artist admitted: „That is quite a crafty man, but regarding his wildlife studies I will be able to cope with him for the time being.” According to Van der Wal, Dik develops himself in a lighting career, but „his best friend” died far too young. „He had all the artistic features to achieve the top just as Bruno Liljefors (who he admired).”

Dik never uses photo’s. He was gifted with a fabulous visual memory. With that feature his friend Herman Stegeman becomes acquainted after a joint trip to Texel. After having come home and having had lunch, Dik proposes „to paint the Slufter.” One hour later the work is done and the wildlife photographer sees a wild moving sea, stormy clouds, and a row of dunes in the distance and some birds. It was exactly what they had seen and experienced that day. Dik offered Stegeman the painting as a present. Dik uses a impressionistic style. The artist has an enormous speed of work and within a relatively short period of time he manages to become widely known as a ”wildlife painter” in the Netherlands, Great-Britain, Scandinavian, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and the US. He appears worldwide in private collections. The Museum Nature in Art owns also two of his oil-paintings and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum adds his “Woodcock” to their collection. The artist himself remains modest. Gerda Dik explains that „during the opening of an exhibition, all of a sudden my husband was gone. Shy as he was, he never personally received awards and distinctions. Pieter didn’t like it to be in the foreground.”

At the 30th of May 1984 Dik dies due to a devastating illness. In 1986, for the occasion of the 75th birthday of Prince Bernard, some of Dik’s paintings are posthumously shown at a wildlife art show in the Singer Museum in Laren.

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Seascape by Pieter Daniel Dik

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