Michiel Schepers (b. 1964)

Michael Schepers is a scholar-painter who uses words and drawings jointly to express what he has seen of the world - the world taken in its broadest sense:  from the landscapes of the earth to the stresses on society and the mind. A modern explorer, he travels from the Low Countries to the high mountains, visiting cities and deserts along the way, talking to strangers who do not remain strangers. As a painter he favors ancient forests and towering trees. Trees he considers most different from himself and therefore most fascinating.

Self-taught in art Michiel Schepers studied English literature in Leiden, and earned a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, with a dissertation on aphoristic brevity. He taught in St Louis, Missouri, and the University of Mauritius. At an early stage he switched to art.  Recently, he was artist-in-residence in the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon, and at DUNAtelier, Katwijk.

Michiel Schepers has had exhibitions at various universities, Kunstzaal van Heijningen and Museum Panorama Mesdag in The Hague, Galerie Petit in Amsterdam, DUNAtelier Katwijk, and many other places. His work can be found in many collections on four continents. He is a member of several artist societies, among which Pulchri Studio in The Hague and the Dutch Watercolor Society (Hollandse Aquarellistenkring or HAK). 

His writings have appeared in magazines, as well as self-published books: 

   Under the Forest Canopy - Above the Forest Floor, observations. Trelex Residencies, Peru, 2015, also freely readable on-line  on ISSUU.

   Zowel-Als, 1 De Wereld Zien, 2 Boek van de Schildermotieven, 2016. This is a provisional manuscript edition still looking for a publisher, in which texts illustrate pictures, and both express a unique sense of the world. An English version is in progress.

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