November 2, 2015
Every morning he came in always dressed in his grey suit. He wasn’t a man of many words. During the time I was a student at the Groningen Artschool Minerva (1946-1949), he was our most important teacher. Although his specialty was wood engraving, he also was our teacher for drawing, lithography, etching, stained glass design and even batiking! In today’s art schools such a teacher is unthinkable.
Bulder was famous for his bookmarks, small engravings in a traditional style. But in this style he was a master.
We didn’t know much about his private life, not even about his fame as a wood engraver. He seldom talked about his professional work.
It is still a mystery for me how Nico Bulder was able to guide us through the other fields of art; how he made us enthusiastic, for example, about poster design or watercolor painting or lithography. He was a mysterious and remarkable teacher.