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Co Westerikartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1924-2018 Rotterdam

biography of Jacobus 'Co' Westerik

Co Westerik trained at the academy in The Hague where his talent was quickly noticed. In 1951 he received the Jacob-Maris Prize for his painting The Fisherwoman. The award for this realistic work was greeted with much criticism, since abstraction then held sway in the art world. Despite the mainstream being non-figurative, a year later he received another prestigious prize – the Royal Grant for Painting. People at all their stages of life are the central theme of Westerik’s work. He is a sharp observer whose figures are rendered large against an often simple background. By ‘blowing-up’ his subject matter the artist hopes to get closer to the essence of what concerns him. As a result, this often leads to a somewhat charged and alienated atmosphere: realism with a hint of Surrealism.


for salewatercolours and drawings by Co Westerik


Co Westerik | Female nude outside, seen from the back, pen and ink, chalk and watercolour on paper, 5.7 x 10.6 cm, signed l.c. and dated 2008

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Female nude outside, seen from the back, 2008

Co Westerik | Man with insects, outside, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 15.0 x 24.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1973

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Man with insects, outside, 1973

Co Westerik | Poet in steel chair, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 15.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated april 1973

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Poet in steel chair, 1973

Co Westerik | Man with knife and mirror-reflection, watercolour, blackchalk and ink on Japanese paper, 19.0 x 21.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1992

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Man with knife and mirror-reflection, 1992


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