Butzelaar, born in Amsterdam in 1945, has always had an
interest in the visual arts. In his youth, until the age
of 22, he actively painted and sculpted. Throughout his
career he has collected paintings and on his many
travels around the world, he always found time to visit
a museum or gallery. Upon retiring in 2000, he picked up
his old love of visual arts and began taking classes in
sculpting and painting, trying to develop his own style.
Studying his favorite artists (Nicolas de StaŽl, Otto B.
de Kat and Modigliani) has given him inspiration, and
aspects such as form, composition, structure and color
are defined by his daily struggle with the canvas on the
He does not attempt to deliver a specific message, but
tries to create art which is appealing to the eye. His
struggles are mostly of painterly nature: that
transparent green, that beautiful faded blue against it,
which shade of grey would fit best?
Lately, Hansí interest in form and color are progressing
more towards abstract art; he is in search of a style
where abstraction and impressionism come together. All
his paintings are beautifully framed by frames he has
carefully selected. His favorite subjects are landscapes
of Terschelling, southern France, polders, and the view
from his studio, as well as portraits. A subdued color
palette characterizes his work.