After Aat has bought his etching press in 1950 he reveals
himself as a portraitist with a keen eye for detail. His portraits show
he has a big psychological insight in the people he portrays.
Veldhoens work has been described by Simon Carmiggelt, a wellknown
Dutch writer, as a sincere and endless interest in all aspects
of human life.
the end of the fifties Aat starts making etches that show human beings
on the verge of life and death. In those days people thought of this
as rather controversial.
Aat makes etches of people lying on the operating table in a hospital
in Amsterdam. After that he produces a series of women in labour, followed
up by a series of road victims for which he joined several rides with
1964 Aat learns about the Rota technique that makes it possible to print
a lot of copies of his etches. This helps him to realize his dream:
sharing art with the people. Because of the bigger production, his etches
can be sold for a few guilders each. He exposes his work on a delivery
bicycle and sells it. Two years later Aat is forced to stop selling
his art because the police think it is offensive material. This also
means the end of his etching period. From now on Aat concentrates on
paintings and sculptures. It takes years before he starts etching again.