Hesther Van Doornum

Hesther Van Doornum

's-Hertogenbosch area, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

About Hesther Van Doornum

Hesther van Doornum (1973) | Independent Contemporary Artist | Curated member of the NABK (National Association of Expressive Artists | Curated member of the BKKC (Brabant Knowledge Centre for Art & Culture) | Member of Pictoright.

Hesther works freely, autobiographical as well as on commission. Her work is included in both business and private collections around the world.

"Powerful, sensual women who are not frightened to show their vulnerability. These are the women on Hesther van Doornum's canvases. "˜This is me' they seem to proclaim. Hesther: "A woman who dares to be herself is wonderful to behold, balanced in body and spirit. The open attitude of my models radiates vulnerability as well as strength. This is enhanced by their transparency. The characters flow as it were, into the background. You can say that for me these faces are my canvasses; the landscape of women."

Hesther has been passionate about drawing and painting since she was a child. Her first work, however, was inspired by the many drawings she had to do from models at college. In the course of the years Hesther's work has developed from a figurative style to a more abstract approach of her subjects.

"I believe Art is born by imagination. Of course it also needs knowledge and curiosity and other aspects but without inspiration, something that comes from outside the consciousness of the artist, an artwork becomes hardly mediocre. I dream, read, hear, think, feel, see and start painting."

People, particularly women, are a key element in her paintings. The choice of subject, expressive use of colour, composition and clearly visible strokes make her work a symbiosis of reason, feeling, sensuality and symbolism . Her work fascinates the observer, it is gripping and stays in your thoughts.

"For me every painting is an achievement when I succeed in painting real, soulful women; when I succeed in capturing a moment in time, to make it count for ever."

Education

Hesther van Doornum studied Fine Art in Education at the Amsterdam University of Arts, NL | Concept & Product-Styling at the Artemis Styling Academy, Amsterdam, NL | Cultural Management at Art & Co, Amsterdam, NL |

Events

Studio visits by appointment.

2021 Upcoming event: Artfestival, September, Heusden, NL

2020 No exhibitions due to COVID-19
2019 The Affordable Art Week, The Jane Hotel, New York, USA
2017 Route of Arts, June 2017, studio, NL
2016 October 6 - 9, Excellent Home & Living Fair, represented by gallery 't Kunsthuys, Ahoy Rotterdam, NL
2016 Route of Arts, May 2016, NL
2015 SCOPE Miami 2015, International Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2015 Red Dot Art Fair, December 1-6, Miami USA
2015 Scope Miami Beach, December 1-6, Miami USA
2015 The Louvre, digital display at the See|Me exclusive reception (July 13th), FR
2015 Route of Arts 2015, NL
2014 SCOPE Art (Booth G19), International Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2014 Times Square Collage Art Show, New York, USA
2013 'The Story of the Creative', International Exhibition at Gallery See.Me, New York City, USA
2013 Route of Arts 2013, NL
2013 Luxury & Wellness Experience Spring Edition '13 by Gallery Living Art, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2012 'Villa Arena Exposes' by Gallery ArtFusion, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Art Takes Times Square Billboard Presentation NYC, USA
2012 Luxury & Wellness Experience Spring Edition '12 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2011 The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, (AAF), represented by the GoGallery Amsterdam, NL
2011 Luxury & Wellness Experience After Summer Event '11 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2010 Luxury & Wellness Experience After Summer Event '10 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2009 'Art Ahoy' Art Fair, Rotterdam, NL
2008 'Art Expo' Art Fair, Antwerpen, BE

Exhibitions

2020 Singulart, Paris, France
2020 Eclectic Gallery, ongoing exhibition, London, UK
2019 The Affordable Art Week, The Jane Hotel, New York, USA
2019 ECLECTIC GALLERY, ongoing exhibition, London, UK
2019 Kunsthuys Best, ongoing exhibition, Best, NL
2019 Artfusion Gallery, ongoing exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
2018 ECLECTIC GALLERY, ongoing exhibition, Portobello Road 140, London, UK
2018 Route of Arts, Studio, NL
2017 Artfusion Gallery, ongoing exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
2017 Kunsthuys Best, ongoing exhibition, Best, NL
2017 Route of Arts, June 2017, studio, NL
2016 Gallery 't Kunsthuys, ongoing exhibition, Best, NL
2016 October 6 - 9, Excellent Home & Living Fair, represented by gallery 't Kunsthuys, Ahoy Rotterdam, NL
2016 September 25th, Opening exhibition gallery 't Kunsthuys, Best, NL
2016 Artfusion Gallery, ongoing exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
2016 Route of Arts, May 2016, NL
2015 SCOPE Miami 2015, International Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2015 Red Dot Art Fair, December 1-6, Miami USA
2015 Scope Miami Beach, December 1-6, Miami USA
2015 Award Publication in International Contemporary Artists Vol. X
2015 The Louvre, digital display at the See|Me exclusive reception (July 13th), FR
2015 Route of Arts 2015, NL
2014 Artfusion Gallery, ongoing exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
2014 SCOPE Art (Booth G19), International Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2014 Times Square Collage Art Show, New York, USA
2014 'Year in Review 2013 Exhibition', International Exhibition at Gallery See.Me, Long Island ,NY, USA
2013 'The Story of the Creative', International Exhibition at Gallery See.Me, New York City, USA
2013 Artfusion Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Route of Arts 2013, NL
2013 Luxury & Wellness Experience Spring Edition '13 by Gallery Living Art, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2012 'Villa Arena Exposes' by Gallery ArtFusion, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Holland Art Gallery, Eindhoven, NL
2012 Luxury & Wellness Experience Fal Edition '12 by Gallery Living Art, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2012 Art Takes Times Square Billboard Presentation NYC, USA
2012 Gallery Artfusion, Amsterdam
2012 Luxury & Wellness Experience Spring Edition '12 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2011 Holland Art Gallery, Eindhoven, NL
2011 The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, (AAF), represented by the GoGallery Amsterdam, NL
2011 GoGallery, Amsterdam, NL (ArtPride)
2011 Luxury & Wellness Experience After Summer Event '11 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2011 Morren Gallery, Utrecht, NL
2011 Gallery ArtFusion, Amsterdam, NL
2010 Luxury & Wellness Experience After Summer Event '10 by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2010 Gallery Pure-DNA, Culemborg, NL
2010 Gallery De Kunst Salon, Hoorn, NL (Duo-exhibition with sculptor Babette Degraeve)
2010 Holland Art Gallery, Einhoven, NL
2010 'National Week of Art', represented by Living Art Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
2009 Machiel Bekker, Tiel, NL
2009 Gallery Pure DNA, Culemborg, NL
2009 Stratos, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL (Exhibition 'Red' by Levementenbureau Orchidee)
2009 'Sfeer' Gent, Gent (BE) (Magazine 'Stijlvol Wonen' by Interior-designer Machiel Bekker)
2009 'Art Ahoy' Art Fair, Rotterdam, NL
2008 'Art Expo' Art Fair, Antwerpen, BE
2007 CBK Corrosia, Almere, NL
2006 Gallery Walls, Amsterdam, NL (Exhibition 'Inside Out')
2004 Gallery Art & Image, Amsterdam, NL
2004 Avanti, Almere, NL (Solo)