Born in The Netherlands Cees studied fine arts in The Hague and Rotterdam. After completing Teaching and Business Management studies he settled in Australia.
Cees is known for his excellent drawing skills and works in various media including watercolour, acrylics, pastel, graphite, and ink.
Cees interprets what he sees, never copying but rather creating a narrative of life around him. In his work Cees shows a unique blend of energy, life, light, movement, texture, rhythm and emotion.
Many of his works, painted in abstract and contemporary styles with layered aspects, challenge the viewer to further examine the piece.
Cees believes that an ideal artwork must have a life of its own, adapting to the viewer’s thoughts, mood and feelings, offering change, variety, conversation and engagement.
Cees has regularly workshops in Queensland and other parts of Australia. He also conducts art tours overseas including New Zealand, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, France, England and Italy.
Cees teaches visual arts at Brisbane TAFE Colleges, Grafton Fay Boyd’s Arts School, the University of Southern Queensland at Toowoomba (McGregor) and Cairns Artescape.
Cees has featured in several Artists Magazines and he has been President of a number of art groups, including the Watercolour Society of Queensland Inc. in Brisbane.
One of Cees’ major commissions was the painting of the fourteen Stations of the Cross for a major Catholic Church in Brisbane. He was guest artist at two Tattersalls landscape exhibitions (2015, 2019).
Cees has won many awards. He has judged several important art exhibitions and held numerous solo and mixed exhibitions of his own work. His last showing was “A bag of Rice” based on his book, concerning returned soldiers suffering from PTSD. The Exhibition was held at Brisbane City Hall during Anzac week, April 2019.