Wim Borst ° 1946 in the Netherlands , has been making autonomous ceramics, in which he divides and again rejoins geometric forms, for over thirty years. This ritual of analysis and synthesis is the connecting theme in his gradually evolving oeuvre. After having used straight lines and angular shapes for twenty years, he starts to apply cylinders and ovals from 1998 onwards. The mat and smooth skin develops into a granito-like skin with a silica-like, mineral structure. He stacks volume just like an architect, playing with interior and exterior spaces, proportions, rhythm, surfaces and corbellings. Glaze and strips of perspex direct the light. Architecture serves as an important inspiration, from Greek temples to modern grain silos. Ad Dekkers' reliefs, where squares transform into circles, inspire him as well.
The oeuvre of Wim Borst has a natural profundity: He recaptures earlier themes with ever-increasing flexibility. In the recent Counterpoint series he stacks nearly identical ground forms while letting these skip. In the Rectangular series, cubes and cylinders fuse in a beautiful way. New features are the deep blue and signal red glazes and engobes. Dark-glazed interior spaces are reminiscent of images of Anish Kapoor. His most successful objects link simplicity to complexity, offering a fascinating sight from each angle.
Wim Borst regularly exhibits both abroad an in the Netherlands and won the Grand Prize of the Town of Vallauris at the 2006 "XIX International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics" in Southern France, Section 'Containers'. He is a member of the Dutch Ceramists Association, NVK, the artist association ‘de Vishal', Haarlem , and the ceramiCVision.nl group. His work can be found in both private and museum collections, in the Netherlands as well as abroad, such as the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA, the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem, the Museum Keramion in Frechen, Germany, the Magnelli and Ceramic Museum in Vallauris, France, Ceramics museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden , Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Frank Steyaert Museum in Ghent, Belgium. The monograph Wim Borst keramiek/ceramics was published in 2008 by Wim Borst himself (still in stock).
Peter van Kester, freelance art historian.