Klaas Gubbels was born in 1934 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he attended primary school. Later, he attended the fine arts academy in Arnhem, where he has lived and worked since 1952.
Between 1966 and 1990, he taught at the fine arts academy in Rotterdam; he also used to spend part of the year in the south of France where he had a studio.
One of the main features of the artist’s work is the distance from traditional aesthetics; Gubbels shuns conventional beauty. In his eyes, beauty is something unreal that takes you away from reality. On the other hand, using regular, geometrical shapes, and vivid colors, he has built a new, personal system of artistic values, giving a new meaning to the concept of aesthetics.
Objects in his works are used as a means to convey emotions. He is not interested as such in the tables, coffee pots, or chairs he represents, but in the feelings and emotions these objects are able to evoke: poetry, humor, aggressiveness, or torpor.
Everyday objects are the protagonists of Gubbels’s paintings, sculptures and graphic work; within the limits imposed by the objects themselves, the artist aims at a continuous renewal of images.
Many of his works are part of Dutch private collections and museum collections. Among the later, let us mention the Gemeentemuseum in Arnhem, the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, the Museum Van Bommel Van Dam in Venlo, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.