Peter van Dongen is a Dutch comic artist and illustrator. His acclaimed graphic novels Rampokan Java
(1998) and Rampokan Celebes (2004) are set in the time of the Revolution in Indonesia and were
translated into French, German, Bahasa Indonesia and English. Co-designed by Joost Swarte,
Rampokan Java was awarded the 1999 Dutch Prize for Best Book Design. Current projects by Van
Dongen include a graphic novel adaptation of Familieziek (Repatriated) by Adriaan van Dis and a
collaboration with Teun Berserik to illustrate a two-part adventure of Blake & Mortimer, a
quintessentially British detective duo created by Edgar P Jacobs.
In this exhibition men will see in 20 (?) panels the pages and drawings he made through the years for
Rampokan, and currently for Familieziek and Blake & Mortimer. A preview because these last two
works will be published only next November and April 2018. All pages in black and white, some from
thumbnail to pencil sketch, to final page in traditional Indian Ink and finally in full color.
Beside his comic work, the exhibition shows some illustration work as book covers he recently made in
commission for Indonesian publishing house Gramedia, and an oilpainting for Het
Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, in 2011: a triptych about refugees on their way to a better world.
Meet me on Erasmus Booth – M06