welcome to the artspace
of ernst kruijff

contemporary art inspired by
nordic and japanese
architectural and graphic design

I am a Dutch artist creating contemporary art. For 30 years, I have been exploring various creative areas. In the mid eighties, I started painting, taking lessons from the well-known Dutch artist Jan de Kok. He introduced me to painting with tempera to create numerous vibrant and multilayered paintings. Simultaneously, I worked as a digital illustrator, designing infographics for educational software.

In the first half of the nineties, I studied art history and aided in the creation of corporate identities that included everything from paper material to art objects and clothing, and occasionally did some photography for commercial projects. Furthermore, my work was showcased in several exhibitions in the Netherlands.

Over the years, I have altered and refined my style. Constructivist and Bauhaus artists have greatly impressed me. This was certainly promoted by to the several years I spent at the Bauhaus in Weimar, where I worked at the Faculty of Architecture and was daily infused with a healthy dose of art and architecture. 

Nowadays, my art pieces are inspired by  Nordic and  Japanese design by fusing and contrasting different design elements and art materials.  I blend sumi-e ink, acrylic paint, acrylic paint markers and fine liners to  create a synthesis between painting and drawing styles. I contrast the fluidity and vibrancy of painting with the clarity and almost technical nature of drawing and graphics design. This hybrid is not only evident in the contrast between styles, but also the compositions of the various pictorial elements, from organic shapes to basic geometric and architectural elements.   

I am grateful that  meanwhile, my artwork can be found in Europe, USA and Canada in private collections and corporate buildings.  If you are interested in my creative endeavors, feel free to browse the website - enjoy!

Ernst Kruijff

Sankt Augustin, Germany


I always welcome commissions or
interest in my existing work.
Feel free to contact me
if you are interested.
Below you find a showcase
of some of my more recent clients.


American Airlines

Commission, Gagnaire Art for Corgan architects / American Airlines, USA, corporate building, modified reproduction.



Commission, Mike Hammer, Denmark, modified reproductions.


Hotel Viking

Commission, Saatchi for Hotel Viking Rhode Island luxury hotel, USA, modified reproduction.


Dancing Swallows

Commission, Dancing Swallows, Ontario, Canada, reproduction of artwork for wine label. 

online / galleries

If you are interested in purchasing an
artwork, feel free to browse the
following online galleries,
or contact me directly.

Saatchi Art

Saatchi art

Saatchi Art is an online art gallery and artist network, based in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest galleries for artists in the world. 


Rise Art

An online curated art gallery focusing on contemporary art with a main focus on the UK an US market.


The Artling

An online curated art gallery primarily focusing on the Asian market.

The Artling


Based in London and Miami, Artfinder is another large online gallery serving fine art. 



An online art gallery that has a focus on European contemporary artists.


Previous gallery representation

In 2019 and 2020 I was represented by
d | a | c in Miami, Florida, a gallery representing contemporary art.

exhibitions and
editor's picks

A selection of exhibitions
and editors' picks
of online galleries


In my artwork I use color contrasts,
multiple layers of edgy geometric
and non-geometric shapes,
and strong linework to create depth
and versatile structures. Below, you
find a selection of my recent artworks.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

ernst kruijff
Am Schiedsberg 10
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany


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Ernst Kruijff
Am Schiedsberg 10
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

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