Art Group of the Comox Valley
About Us

Pieter Molenaar is an internationally known Canadian West Coast artist transplanted from The Netherlands. Molenaar, a professional artist, admires the Old Dutch Masters, and this is reflected in his style—his colours are rich and his tones evocative. Often, Molenaar's paintings reflect a brooding, pensive, and compelling atmosphere most obvious in his scenes of pending storms in rural settings, roiling waves of seascapes, and slanting light down city streets. 

Molenaar uses oil exclusively since it allows him such a broad scope of expression. Since coming to Canada in 1979, Molenaar has continued to paint and show his work internationally. When asked from what he draws inspiration, Molenaar replies that memory, photographs, and paying attention to the world around him supply him with all the subject matter he needs.
In a style that blends realism and impressionism, Pieter Molenaar uses dramatic colours, contours, and brushwork to enhance scenes from the West Coast, the Prairies, and The Netherlands. He creates a unique and intelligible impression of his subjects, which is much appreciated by those who admirer and collect his work. Molenaar’s works are showing at Gallery 8, Salt Spring Island; Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB; Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB; Jenkins Showler Gallery, Surrey, BC; Pearl Ellis Gallery, Comox B.C.; PI Creative Art, Toronto, ON; and Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster, BC as well as many other places.

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Sail Away
Oil, 12 x 16"

Mounting Clouds
Oil, 40 x 40"

Bracing for the Storm
Oil, 24 x 38"

The Fields Are Ripe
Oil, 24 x 60"

Amsterdam Winter
Oil, 16 x 20"

Nova Scotia Cove
Oil, 24 x 30"

The Snowy Streets of Amsterdam
Oil, 12 x 16"

Sepia Skies
Oil, 30 x 30"

Holland Waterland
Oil, 12 x 16"

The Blue Roof
Oil, 18 x 24"

Alberta Prairie (detail)
Oil, 24 x 48"

Contrast Light
Oil, 36 x 48"