Ted Felen's History

Ted Felen was born Sunday May the 3rd 1931 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It was a very sunny day and like every birth, a great expereance. Soon he discovered the stained glass windows of a church nearby his home. He then discovered he wanted to create beautiful things and especially stained glass windows and paintings.

After World War II he went to the "Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten" in Arnhem. He chose to become a Monumental Artist. After his study he went for a year to Paris (France). In Paris he worked with some well know artists. In 1956 he returned to The Netherlands and settled in Nijmegen.

In the 1959 Ted Felen and four of his friends (Jan Cremer, Klaas Gubbels, Mark Brusse, Rik van Bentum) started the Artist Group NADA. The NADA group became well known in The Netherlands and beyond in a very short period. In this period Ted Felen discovered the Magic of the Circle. From that moment on he used the Magic form of th Circle almost always. Together with the NADA group he had exibitions all over The Netherlands. Due to an accident of Ted Felen (which almost killed him) the NADA group fell apart in 1961. But he also made fame alone. He had exebitions e.g. in "Het Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam and he won some prices to0, like the "Grafiekprijs Maas en Waal". Before his accident, Ted Felen opend a Gallery "Gallerie Taurus" in Nijmegen. Among the work of NADA a lot of work of young artists was displayed in his Gallery. Some of these young artists were: Armando, Kees van Bohemen, Jan Hendrikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and Herman de Vries.

After NADA he worked mostly alone. He concentrated his work on Monumental Art, like wall paintings, mosaic, stained glass windows. In Antrim, North Ireland he made a wall painting at a factory. At the opening of the factory, the former Princess and now Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands was the first to see his work.

On the 4th of July 1980 the reunion of NADA "NADA na twintig jaar" (NADA after twenty years) was opened in "De Commanderie van Sint Jan" in Nijmegen. This exibition took a lot of publicity. That exibition showed how important NADA had been in the sixties.

Work of Ted Felen is to be found on many different places all over the world, like in a hospital in Togo (Africa), Quérac and Montalivet (France), Antrim (North Ireland). If you want to see some recent work of Ted Felen, consider to visit The Gallery.

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