Hendrik Kolenberg C.V.


Hendrik (Cornelis Gijsbertus) Kolenberg  born Rotterdam 31 July 1946 to Gijsbertus Anthonius Kolenberg & Wilhelmina Maria Kolenberg nee Schellaars; arrived in Australia October 1952

Attended Black Forest Primary, Forbes Primary, Plympton High School, Adelaide.
Private lessons in oil painting from Carl Lock, Adelaide, 1962-63, and Kas Vandelaar, a relative, in Adelaide 1964.
Studied at SA School of Art & Western Teachers’ College, Adelaide, 1965-67 (Diploma in Teaching Art 1968); taught art in secondary schools in S A 1968-71 (Angle Park Boys Technical High School; Kimba High School), Education Officer at Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide, 1972

Lived in Rotterdam, then London & taught art p/t at Tooting Bec Comprehensive 1973.
Netherlands Government Scholarship 1974 to study 19th century Dutch art in Print Rooms of Dutch museums & at the RKD, The Hague
Returned to Australia, taught art at Glenunga High School, School, Adelaide 1975

Assistant Curator; Curator of Prints and Drawings, Art Gallery of W A, Perth, 1976-80
Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 1980-1988
Harold Wright & Sarah and William Holmes Scholarships at Print Room, British Museum, London 1982
Curator; Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, Art Gallery of N S W, Sydney 1989-2012

Hendrik Kolenberg

Solo and joint exhibitions

Tony Palmer Fine Art, Sydney 1996, 1997, 1999
Anne von Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle 2000
‘At home’, Sydney 2002, 2006
Het Kunstmagazijn, Dordrecht, August 2003
‘Walking about in Sydney’ Manly Art Gallery, Sydney May 2008
‘Roofscapes’ A-M Gallery, Sydney 17 July-10 August 2013
‘Hendrik Kolenberg in Delft and Rotterdam’ A-M Gallery, Sydney 5-29 November 2014
‘Hendrik Kolenberg, two cities’ Gallery Klei, Sydney 7-28 April 2017
‘Hendrik Kolenberg & Evan Salmon’ May Space, Sydney 29 January-16 February 2020

Group exhibitions

‘They came to Australia’ Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 5 September-14 October 2001
‘The Europeans’ Taylor Galleries, Sydney July 2008
‘Seventh Drawing Biennale’ Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, November-December 2008
‘Christmas exhibition’ Taylor Galleries, Sydney 2008, 2009, 2010
‘Song of the swan’ (Farewell exhibition) Taylor Galleries, Sydney January 2010
‘Seven artists’ (selected by Max Taylor) Artsite, Sydney 11-27 February 2011
‘Drawing’ King Street Gallery on William, Sydney 17 February-15 March 2014
‘Still life’ Gallery Klei, Sydney 7-18 October 2016
‘The Watters gift’ UTS Gallery, Sydney 20 May-21 July 2020


Meryl Ryan ‘Weekend art – Change in the wind’ Newcastle Herald 26 February 2000
‘Stadsgezichten gezien door Australische ogen’ De Dordtenaar (Dordrecht, Netherlands) 28 Augustus 2003
Elizabeth Fortescue ‘Steps of life in the back streets’ Daily Telegraph, Sydney 18 April 2008
Hendrik Kolenberg Walking about in Sydney 2008 (self published booklet)
Elizabeth Cross Seventh drawing biennale Drill Hall Gallery Canberra 2008
Michael Fitzgerald ‘Open Gallery – Roofscapes’ Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald10-11 August 2013
Tania Creighton The Watters gift UTS Gallery, Sydney 2020 p35 (illus in colour p59)


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;
State Library of NSW,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart;
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery,
University of Technology, Sydney