Peter Unger

watercolorist and graphic designer
Born 10 December 1927, Rotterdam
Died 29 march 2007, Zwijndrecht


Peter Unger studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague from 1947 to 1953.

He was an arts teacher at various secondary schools in the Netherlands, the last of which was Develstein College in Zwijndrecht (1963-1986). After his retirement, he joined an enthusiastic group of amateur painters called Tesch ’87 (from Tekenen and Schilderen, drawing and painting) in his hometown Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht. There he mostly made watercolors of nature scenes but also some pencil drawings and an odd oil on canvas.

During his occupation as an arts teacher, he had some additional art-related activities. He provided the illustrations for two science textbooks: one, in 1961, for the biology class of a secondary school and another, in 1971, for an anatomy book for student nurses:

• “Biologie” parts I (physiology), II (zoology) and III (botany) by C. Binnenkade, A. van Dongen and J.P. Unger, J. Noorduijn & Zn Publishers, Gorinchem, 1961
• “Anatomie en fysiologie” (anatomy and physiology) by prof.dr. F. van Faassen and drs. C. Binnenkade, Stafleu’s scientific publishing company, Leiden, 1971, ISBN 90 6016 260 9

He also made ex libris, linocuts and woodcuts

In 1970, he designed a relief for the newly build Open Hof church in H-I-Ambacht, in which a cross can be discerned. In the 1970’s and 1990’s he also designed flyers and illustrations for the church journal.

In 2000 he gave two lectures with slides the Open Hof church, on ‘The land of Abraham’ and on ‘The crucifix’.

Exhibitions
1990, 1991, 1992 & 1997 (with Tesch ’87) at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Zwijndrecht.

Purchases
Various private persons, from 1990

 

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