Herman Coppus

Herman Coppus (1955, The Netherlands) graduated from the Stadsacademie in Maastricht, now the Maastricht Academy of Visual Arts, to become an art teacher at what is now the Kandinsky College in Nijmegen. In addition to his teaching position, he developed into an autonomous visual artist from the late 1990s. In 2017 he stopped teaching to fully concentrate on his own art. He recently returned to his hometown of Horst, where he also has his studio.

Although Herman has been making autonomous work for more than twenty years, you could call him a late bloomer as an artist. Only in the last ten years has he extensively shown his art to the outside world. That work can best be seen in the light of the traditionalist modern movements of the last century. Constructivism and Geometric Abstraction are his sources of inspiration. He managed to develop his own visual language with a pronounced attention to color, rhythm and light effects. He always liked to experiment – and still does – with a very diverse range of materials. Usually paper, but also wood, metal, glass or plastic can be used in objects. In addition, he does not only limit himself to objects for indoors, but he does not shy away from also realizing monumental structures for outdoors. All this with a pronounced, perfectionist attention to the execution aspect and care for the craftsmanship.

The work of Herman Coppus is part of numerous private collections and has been exhibited throughout Europe including solo and group exhibitions in the Mondriaanhuis Museum in The Netherlands and the Museum for Papirkunst in Denmark.