Bonnie Severien graduated with a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands. Severien was chosen as a finalist no less than five times by the former Queen Beatrix and the reigning King Willem-Alexander for the Dutch Royal Award of Modern Painting. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Palace Amsterdam and the Art Museum in The Hague and she did a number of commissions for Fashion House Claudia Sträter. Paintings have been published in the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique. Her work has been acquired by private collections as well as museum and corporate collections in The Netherlands, Belgium, UK and USA.
2004-2007 Royal Academy of Art The Hague, BFA fine art
1995-1999 Academy for Visual Education, Amsterdam
Modern Paradise Series:
Modern, mid-century architecture is placed in a world of magnified plants. The leaves and flowers symbolize hope, growth and prosperity. The lights that we see in the background are little rays of hope, shining light on good times to come, as well as good memories.
The viewer gets carried away in a sublime and dreamy reality. The sublime sense of nature reminds us of the works of Caspar David Friedrich. In the middle of this great nature we see a model of geometrical order which questions the sense of space. The Romantic philosopher von Schelling had a great way to put it: Art is the representation of the infinite in the finite.
The colors that where used in the Modern Paradise series are petrol blue, white, black and light brown.
The Urban Nature paintings are inspired by 17th century Dutch flower still life paintings. The plants represent the abundance, the innocence and the organic world, as well as growth and hope for the future. Another inspiration: works of Matisse, which are full of beautiful patterns. The patterns in the Urban Nature works are self-designed and inspired by European Art History.
All works are unique and painted by hand, using tape to be cut out and painted, to make sure every line, every leaf and every circle is spot on.
Return to Eden series:
In the Return to Eden paintings we see a display of buildings and interiors combined with nature. The architecture represent man-made, linear structures.
The plants represent the abundance, the innocence and the organic world. In this Urban Jungle we see modernist houses in a paradise-plant-world.
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Océ – Canon, Venlo
Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam
Claudia Sträter, Amsterdam
Art Company, Eindhoven
Heden Den Haag
Academy of Visual Arts, Amsterdam
City of Heerhugowaard
City of Purmerend
Private collections in The Netherlands, Belgium, UK and USA
2013 Royal Award for Modern Painting, finalist
2012 Royal Award for Modern Painting, finalist
2009 Royal Award for Modern Painting, finalist
2008 Royal Award for Modern Painting, finalist
2008 Victorie Fund Culture Prize, finalist
2007 Royal Award for Modern Painting, finalist
2011-2012 Prince Bernhard Culture Fund
2009-2010 Mondriaan Fund
Solo exhibitions (selection)
2019 De Telefooncentrale Alkmaar
2015 Paintings and Objects, Gallery Lutz Delft
2014 New Illusions, Rento Brattinga gallery Amsterdam
2013 Hugieia Art Gallery, Munsterbilzen Belgium
2011 Artotheek Heerhugowaard
2010 Constructed Reality, Gallery Lutz Delft
2009 Art Amsterdam, Gallery Lutz
2008 Urban Paradise, Gallery Lutz Delft
2008 Supernatural, Gallery AYACS Amsterdam
Group exhibitions (selection)
2020 Urban Space, Art Zaanstad, Zaanstad
2020 Museum Kranenburgh Bergen , Salon KCB
2019 New Acquisitions, Art Zaanstad
2015 Amphia Hospital Breda
2013 ING Insurance & Investment Management,
2012 Royal Awards for Modern Painting,
Royal Palace Amsterdam
2012 Océ Artcollection, Gouvernement Maastricht
2010 Art Amsterdam, Gallery Lutz
2010 New Acquisitions, CBK Groningen
2010 SBK Amsterdam
2009 Royal Awards for Modern Painting,
Royal Palace Amsterdam
2008 Royal Awards for Modern Painting, The Hague
2008 Océ Artcollection,
Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
2007 Royal Awards for Modern Painting,
Gemeentemuseum The Hague
2007 ABC Architecturecentre Haarlem
2007 Ernst & Young The Hague