O.C. Hooymeijer (Vlaardingen, 1958) has been awarded the 2021 GERRIT BENNER Prize in recognition of the important artistic development in his work. Hooymeijer will receive a cash prize of €5000 and an exhibition in the Fries Museum, which will run from 27 November 2021 to 6 March 2022. The art prize will be presented by representative Sietske Poepjes on 26 November 2021 at the opening of the exhibition. O.C. Hooymeijer lives in Spanga, in a house with a studio on the periphery of the Rottige Meente, a bird area par excellence. The artist is known for his expressionist series ‘The Great Exotic Bird Show’ and his drawings and descriptions of ‘non-existent birds’. The latter works are collected, among others, in his book ‘Guide to the Non-existent Birds of Europe, which was nominated for the Jan Wolkers Prize in 2019. Since September 2020, his non-existent birds have been featured in a weekly column in the daily newspaper Trouw under the name ‘De Wondere Vogelwereld van O.C. Hooymeijer’ (O.C. Hooijmeyers’ Wonderful Birdworld).