At first glance, van der Leeuw's
portraits look firmly rooted in the Dutch classical tradition, however
it quickly becomes obvious that style is used primarily as response to
the subject at hand, like colors on the palette. The emphasis is on psychology
and lack of formality. Van der Leeuw's portraits are the result of interaction
and interpretation rather than formal representation, he doesn't aim to
• Graduated from Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam,
dept. of monumental art.
• Exhibited (selection): Fodor Museum
(Amsterdam), De Expeditie (Amsterdam), W139
(Amsterdam), Klaasman & Kottman (Amsterdam),
Zim/Lerner Gallery (NYC), galerie Rob de Vries
(Haarlem), Rijnoeverhuys (Arnhem) and Felison
• Commissions: City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Museum
and private sector.
• 1992-2012: Stopped painting and worked as freelance
marketing specialist and hands-on consultant for various companies in
the private sector.
Started with a one year period resulting in a series of 105 self-portraits followed by numerous commissioned and other portraits as well as an ongoing series of paintings and drawings exploring the darker sides of the human condition.