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If you own a „Sterkenburg“ and have no objection against showing your painting on our website, please send us a digital photo by e-mail (via Contact), preferably taken in daylight. We also require the dimensions of the canvas without frame, the material (canvas or board) on which it was painted and if possible the year of creation. Do not use the flash because this will cause an annoying stain on the picture. The best result is obtained in the shade outside. All entries will be treated confidentially and published without indication of the name of the owner.
The Shek O Golf & Country Club offers one of the nicest golf experiences in Hong Kong, but the entrance is strictly reserved for members and their guests. The course has 18 holes of which 9 are overlooking the ocean and the other 9 wind their way through a sloping valley. The history of the club goes right back to 1919 making it one of the oldest courses in Hong Kong. Long-time member Dino Capelvenere saw the work of Dutch painter Peter Sterkenburg at a painting exhibition in 1992 and was so impressed that he commissioned the artist to depict the golf course from the 7th tee from where he once hit a ‘hole in one’. A second special commission to depict the golf course came from the board of the club once they had seen Dino’s painting. This second painting hangs in the lounge of the clubhouse at Shek O. Dino Capelvenere (1938) has lived in Hong Kong since 1970 together with his Danish wife Annelis.
The Horsburgh Lighthouse is the oldest of the four lighthouses in the Singapore Strait. it is located on a rocky outcrop in the sea approximately 54 kilometres to the east of Singapore and 14 kilometres from the Malaysian state of Johor. The tower is, at its foundation 6.6 meter in diameter and it stands almost 33 meter tall from sea level. It has seven floors, plus an upper light-room section. Looking for historic material for his forthcoming Asian exhibition in 1996, the artist Peter Sterkenburg found two antique prints which he used as reference material to make a painting showing the lighthouse on a sunny day in 1860. The Horsburgh Lighthouse is still in use today.
And again we found a forgery, this time in a gallery in Paris, France. The gallery apparently only looked at the signature and it is therefore understandable that this painting was mistaken for a ‘Sterkenburg’. However, the technique, the color use, the painting surface and the signature are in no way comparable to those of Peter Sterkenburg. We have informed the gallery that they are offering a forgery for sale. Photos of the painting are shown below.
Peter Sterkenburg’s work is very popular and that also means that there are always people that want to exploit his reputation. So please be careful because forgeries exist. In early June 2020 our experts discovered a so-called ‘Sterkenburg’ on the auction site Catawiki.nl that set off the alarm bells. The painting ‘Sailing ships at Night’ bore the signature of Peter Sterkenburg but the technique did not at all resemble the superb palette of the artist. A closer look revealed that the Catawiki canvas was probably made in the late 1950’s by a painter by the name of Otten who was known for producing the same themes in larger numbers. We even found a canvas by Otten that is almost identical to the Catawiki painting. The photos of both Paintings and their signatures are shown below.
On a somewhat foggy day in early 1992, Peter Sterkenburg was invited by Dino Capelvenere, a friend of KLM manager Ton van der Werf, to join a harbour cruise through the port of Hong Kong. During that voyage, Peter discovered a rusted Chinese cargo ship anchored off the runway of Kai Tak, Hong Kong's former airport. The Chinese freighter was later immortalized on canvas by the painter. With the introduction in 1998 of Chek Lap Kok a state-of-the-art airport on a manually constructed island north of Lantau, the old airport of Kai Tak was abandoned.
In This Hour
Novel written by Rudolf van Reest (pseudonym of K.C. Spronsen) about the Second World War, the landing of the Allied Forces on the Dutch island of Walcheren and the flood disaster in 1953. The cover of this English translation of the Dutch novel shows a painting by Peter Sterkenburg depicting the landing on Walcheren in 1944.
From Omaha to the Scheldt
The author, Professor John Forfar, MC, FRSE, (1916-2013), was the Medical Officer attached to the 47 Royal Marine Commando throughout it brief history. This account is based on his and the few survivors’ recollections of the fierce battles fought on the shores of France, Belgium and Holland. The cover of the book shows a painting by Peter Sterkenburg depicting the landing on Walcheren in 1944.
The Dutch national airline KLM in Hong Kong started sponsoring fine arts and in particular Dutch artists in the 1990s. Marte Röling, Joseph Cals and Paul Huf all exhibited in Hong Kong and because Peter Sterkenburg excelled in portraying maritime subjects, a major genre within Dutch Golden Age painting and still popular in the Netherlands till this day, he was also invited.
Peter Sterkenburg was a modest and a bit shy man and it took the necessary persuasion to convince him that there were great opportunities for him as a painter in the harbour city of Hong Kong. After much hesitation the artist accepted the invitation and in 1992 a solo exhibition in Hong Kong followed where 20 paintings were sold in 2 weeks.
After his visit to Peter Sterkenburg’s exhibition in Hong Kong in 1992, professor Brian Morton (O.B.E., J.P.) chairman of the ‘Swire Institute of Marine Science’ was so impressed by the artist’s work that he commissioned Peter to depict the institute’s building and surroundings on canvas. Professor Morton was made a Knight in the ‘Order of the Golden Ark’ by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1997, an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1999 and was, in 2004, the sole recipient of ‘The Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Gold Medal’, all for his contributions to marine environmental protection, education and conservation.
Book 'Bound to the Sea' A Painter of Seascapes 1955-2000
The second English edition of ‘Bound to the sea, Peter J. Sterkenburg, a painter of seascapes’ can be ordered via ‘Contact’. We will advise you by e-mail what the cost will be of sending a copy to your country and how you can pay. The publication has a hard (laminated) cover and contains, in addition to a biography of the artist, more than 100 colour images of his paintings. The book costs € 29,50 excluding registered shipping.
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New Guest Book!
Have a look at our new guestbook. You will find it in the menu bar at the top of this page. We look forward to your entries. We reserve the right to discard messages that violate the ‘netiquette’ policy.
Holland America Line August 31, 2005
The board of our foundation was invited by VFD, the architectural firm responsible for the furnishing of all the ships of the HAL, to visit the cruise liner ‘Rotterdam’ which was then docked in Rotterdam. In total 16 prints of Peter Sterkenburgs paintings can be found hanging in the corridors of the ‘Rotterdam’. And on display on its sister ship, the ‘MS Amsterdam III’ is the giant, 7 meter-long painting of the Dutch capital city in the 17th century. Below an impression.
Peter Sterkenburg can now also be found on Wikipedia.
Trends: Mixing Old Masters and Antique Artworks into a Modern Scheme
Antiques and period paintings are dusting off their fusty image. With the right contemporary setting, a carefully executed contrast between old and new can bring out the beauty of traditional masterpieces all over again. Old never looked so fresh. ArtRevisited is a printing company which offers a number of colour prints of Peter Sterkenburg’s paintings. These are printed by a special printing process (Giclée) and are of exceptional quality. You can find this company on www.artrevisited.com
Article in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel November 2001.
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Article from periodical ‘Success’. Edition April 1996
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Vastwerken December 2010
In Vastwerken (Official body of the AVOM General Association Former staff of the Royal Netherlands Navy) of December 2010 you can read an extensive article about Peter J Sterkenburg.
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Bronze plaque in memory of Peter J. Sterkenburg
In memory of Peter Sterkenburg, a plaque (created by artist Lia Krol) was unveiled on 1 June 2005 on the wall of his former home by mayor Chris Arlman of Harlingen, the city where Peter was born and mayor Theunis Piersma of Wûnseradiel where the artist lived and worked.
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Article in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel of July/August 2018.
An interesting article about Peter Sterkenburg was published in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel of July/August 2018. The center page depicted a beautiful painting of the IJ, Amsterdam’s waterfront, in the 17th century. Courtesy De Blauwe Wimpel
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After the Exhibition in Jakarta (1996), Peter Sterkenburg returned to the Netherlands. The assignments kept coming in with, among other things, an assignment from VFD, the architectural firm that furnishes the Holland America Line cruise ships. This 7 meter long work presents the IJ with VOC ships off Amsterdam. The artist was unable to finish the painting, he died, 44 years old, the day before Easter in 2000. A year after his death, a biography was published by a foundation that wants to bring Sterkenburg's work to a wider public's attention.