The colorful, playful paintings by Ralf Kokke (NL, 1989) originate from a subconsciousness, a fantasy that is the closest to his dream world as possible. In capturing these often inexplicable images, Ralf creates a situation in which he can work that allows these images to be expressed uninhibitedly and unfiltered. By starting to paint straight after drinking his morning coffee without time to think, by preparing as little as possible, and by allowing things to happen, the images created are as close to himself as possible. The painted images that result from this, Ralf describes as descriptions of his immediate environment that aim to be as reliable as possible. (Text by Linda Köke)
Ralf Kokke graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp with a BFA in Painting in 2014. Solo Exhibitions include include Between A Rock And A Hard Place, Hans Alf Gallery, Denmark (2021); Art Rotterdam, Mondrian Fund, Concepts and Prospects, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2020). Group Exhibitions include In Momentum, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Richard Waar, Pictura, Dordrecht, Netherlands (2021); Last Days Of Summer, Eve Leibe Gallery, Milan, Italy (2021);Enter Art Fair, Hans Alf Gallery, Kobenhavn, Denmark (2021); CAVE CANEM, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK (2021); WATCHLIST, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, Germany (2020); OUTBREAK, curated by Wobby.Club, De Pont Museum, Tillburg, Netherlands (2020); Wunderwall, Plue-One Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2020); Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium (2020); To Paint Is To Love Again, curated by Olivier Zahm, Nino Mier Gallery, West Hollywood, California (2020); Late Night Pasta, Naarden, Allard Wildenberg Projects, Naarden, Netherlands (2019) (duo show); Universes Show 2, curated by Sasha Bogojev, The Garage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019); My Biggest Small, Showhouse JayJay, Antwerp, Belgium (2019); and Velvet Ropes, GIFC, Antwerp, Belgium (2019).In 2020 Ralk Kokke was awarded a Grant from the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands. In addition Kokke has received a number of residences including a Residency at Van Gogh-Huis, Zundert, Netherlands in 2020. Kokke’s works can be found in important private and public collections which include the Dordrecht Museum collection and Van Gogh Huis collection.