Ad Snijders (1929 – 2010) was an artist, draftsman, collagist and sculptor from Eindhoven. At the age of 12 he started drawing and he never stopped. His style can best be described as expressionistic, figurative art.
As an artist, Ad Snijders is self-taught. This was mainly because he had to go to work immediately after primary school. He started as an apprentice setter at a printing company, but always kept drawing in his spare time. In 1947, at the age of eighteen, he joined Kunstkring de Kempen as one of their youngest members. At a later age he eventually got the chance to study. Thanks to the French government, he received a scholarship to study in 1961 and 1962 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris.
Both Snijders’ themes and his way of working connected to events in the time periods in which he worked. His work was therefore always up to date. During his career, Snijders knew several ways of working. He started as a draftsman, but made his first oil painting in 1955. Painting was immediately self-evident to him. Between 1958 and 1963 Snijders regularly made sculptures of papier-mâché and wood, but also fragile structures of metal. In 1964 he made his final painting and started working on collage techniques. Around 1970 the painted and drawn reality, the figuration, returned to his work.
Ad Snijders’ work has been exhibited since 1957 in leading galleries and museums in the Netherlands and abroad. His work has been shown in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and several times in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. In 1959 he exhibited at Galerie Taurus in Nijmegen together with artists Armando and Kees van Bohemen. A year later his work was selected for Premio Marzotto in Valdagno in Italian. Here he exhibited together with, among others, Corneille and Lucebert.
Ad Snijders has had several group and solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum during his lifetime. As curator Steven ten Thije says: “Snijders and the Van Abbemuseum have grown up together”. The museum is currently looking back for the first time posthumously with an exhibition. Ad Snijders. Vrij Schileren can be seen in the Van Abbemuseum from 8 September 2019 to 18 April 2020.
Following the Van Abbemuseum, work by Ad Snijders will be exhibited during a sales exhibition at Art Dumay from Saturday 5 October to Saturday 16 November. This exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except on Sundays).