About Peer Veneman
Peer Veeneman is a sculptor, painter, draftsman, graphic artist, and assemblage artist. He attended the Sint-Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda and mainly makes three-dimensional work.
Since the 1980s, he has been making colorful sculptures of wood, which are neither figurative nor abstract. Later he also started making bronze sculptures. In 1999 he made seven sculptures that represent the deadly sins: anger, gluttony, lust, jealousy, laziness, pride, and avarice.
Ten years later, Veeneman made a series of the seven virtues. Especially in religious art, this theme often recurs and is intended as an instruction for the faithful. In their own words, no one asks why when an artist paints a landscape, a still life, or a portrait. But with virtues this is different. An allegorical representation by Breughel about the deadly sins inspired Veeneman. It is not the form that leads to an independent object, but the story. For Veeneman, sculpture is always about the image. He believes in the power of the image.
Hovaardij, is a three-meter-high bronze sculpture by Peer Veeneman. In 2013, it was set up in the middle of a square in Amsterdam South during ART ZUID. The sculpture has the posture of a judge, who adopts a strict, yet fair and unwavering attitude towards the viewer. Yet he is a poseur, without natural authority.
His works are included in the collections of, among others, the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Groninger Museum, Noordbrabants Museum (‘s-Hertogenbosch), Kröller-Müller (Otterlo) and the Textielmuseum (Tilburg). In addition, many companies and private individuals have work by Veeneman in their collections.