Rens Lipsius is an autodidact who converted his early love of nature and science to experimentation with camera and brush. While working in Paris, New York and Friesland (the Netherlands) in the early part of his career, he has aimed to escape the influence of traditional art practices and venues on the direction of his work in painting.From 2000 to 2004, Rens Lipsius was artistic director of the Paris program for the American Icar foundation and developed his concept of the Ideal Artist House.In collaboration with Icar, his studio became a temporary home and exhibition space for major artists Dennis Oppenheim, Vito Acconci, John Coplans, and JCJ Vanderheyden, along with the ENSBA-Paris project led by Jean Francois Chevrier, and his own work. The space became known as Rens Lipsius’ Ideal Artist House and was critically acclaimed for a new way of profiling art and artists.
Rens Lipsius, the Dutch multimedia artist, is internationally recognized for using his oeuvre–painting, photography, and video–to challenge conventional ways of living with art.
Rens Lipsius’s artworks have been widely seen in the architectural projects he realized to bring together his vision of art and space– 7 Ideal Artist Houses.
Eventually art making did take over and it was indeed impossible to continue with Icar. In that sense, the Ideal Artist Houses are different–there are no exhibitions, and it’s just about the intimacy of a personal experience of art and a chance to share the way one lives it.
The work of the post-Icar period continues to reflect the shifts in perspective –geographical and social–and include a final group of NY paintings and three Ideal Astist House — one in nature and two urban with the accompanying documentation in photography and video.
After the sale of the Bleecker street apartment installation in NY as a total concept, Rens Lipsius (b. 1960) returned to his studio Paris, but he often works in the countryside in Friesland.