Untitled (1996) Anton Vrede
A colorful mural by the Rotterdam artist Anton Vrede was painted in 1996 on the corner of Thorbeckestraat and Maaskade. The painting is a reference to Noah's Ark and shows the animals that make up it Motor ship Noordereiland encountered on her long journeys. From top to bottom we see a penguin, toucan, gull, parrot, rabbit, dog, owl and elephant.
Artist Anton Vrede is a painter, graphic artist, illustrator and sculptor. Animal figures play a leading role in his work, which often have their own symbolic meanings and refer to fables. His style is expressive and figurative. He studied at the art academy in Breda and at the Willem de Kooning Academy, where he was taught by Klaas Gubbels and Kees Franse and where he graduated cum laude in 1977. He received the Drempelprijs in 1978-1980 and his work is included in numerous collections and can be seen in exhibitions, for example in 2018 in TENT. In 2022 he was nominated for the Hendrik Chabot prize.
Thorbeckestraat 2, 3071 XX Rotterdam, Netherlands