In our second IN FOCUS interview we speak to international gallerist Per van der Horst, founder and director of Per van der Horst Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery based in The Hague and Taipei.
Below, Per describes his arts background, inspirations and highlights of this year’s fair, where the gallery exhibited the works of Dutch artist Bas Meeuws.
Established in 2009, The Hague, Netherlands, the gallery is located in a magnificent 19th century building in the art district of The Hague, represents a variety of Dutch and international artists. It combines sculpture with paintings, drawings and photographs in one exhibition space. The gallery organizes new exhibitions on a regular basis throughout the year. In Taiwan, the gallery has organized exhibitions at various galleries since 2014 and recently opened its own gallery space in Taipei, where it shows a mixture of Dutch, Belgian and Asian artists throughout the year.
Read our full interview below:
© Per van der Horst
Please describe your arts background (and how you became a gallerist)?
I have been a collector since the age of 16 and as I got more and more pieces I needed to start selling some eventually. That’s when the idea came to start a gallery and getting to enjoy even more art.
Who or what is your greatest inspiration as an art dealer?
My inspiration is seeing the artists I represent work tirelessly to create the best works they can.
What kind of works are you on the look-out for?
I’m always looking for works that make me feel something, whether abstract or figurative.
What was your highlight of this year’s PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai?
What I liked most was the venue and organization of the fair. Very professional, positive and always ready to help us participants.
What do you hope to exhibit in coming year?
As the floral works of our Dutch artist Bas Meeuws were very well received, I think we will definitely show more works by him again next year.