Bouke Ylstra (1933 - 2009) painter & artist lived and worked in Dordrecht, The Netherlands and in Hameau Saleé, France.
He was a regular exhibitor at the Duo Duo Gallery in Rotterdam and the Witt Gallery in Dordrecht. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Museum Bommel van Dam in Venlo, Gemeente Museum Dordrecht, Stedelijk Museum Den Haag, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem and The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. His work is also found in various national and international private collections.
Ylstra does not represent what
he sees; rather, he depictes people, words, places, and even icons in
metaphores. In his pictorial imagination, the very artifice of style,
of images already processed through art, become the means to explore
social systems, human foibles, and, of course, art itself. Bouke Ylstra
uses drawing and painting to think about the semantics of art, reconfiguring
stylistic signs into a new language suited to the fabricated temper
of modern life. He is seeing through every false front, every pretense.
Sometimes with irony, but always with affection. Bouke Ylstra peeles
back the carefully wrought masks of our civilization.