Esther Tielemans

2018

2017

2015

2011

Esther Tielemans (NL, 1976) is an acclaimed artist and a well-known name in the Dutch contemporary art scene. After a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten she was awarded prestigious prizes, including the Royal Award for Modern Painting, the Prix de Rome (basic prize) and the Wolvecamp Prize. She had solo exhibitions at museums such as the Van Abbemuseum and was included in group shows at institutions including GEM Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Museum Voorlinden, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Fries Museum and De Appel.  

Tielemans regards herself as a painter, albeit one who actively engages with the boundaries of the medium. From a deep interest in landscape painting, she set out on a path of experimentation which resulted in her well-known panels in seducing colours. Using pedestals, frameworks and freestanding panels, Tielemans tests the borders between painting, sculpture and installation. Shiny layers of epoxy reflect the surroundings and the viewers of the works, while drops of dried up paint at the edges of the panels emphasize their status as paintings.

Tielemans’ oeuvre is full of oppositions: between the flat surface and three-dimensionality, between abstraction and figuration, and between reality and artificial illusion. Her recent works include panels with rectangular cut-outs: an image within an image, in which the experience and the memory of landscapes plays a central role. The works are not about representation, but about the sensation that landscapes can evoke.

EDUCATION

2019 ISCP New York, US
2016 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
2001-2002 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
1993-1998 Akademie voor kunst en vormgeving, Den Bosch, NL

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2014 ‘Wolvecampprijs 2014’, NL, stichting Heartfund, Hengelo
2005 'Prix de Rome 2005', NL (basic prize)
2002 'De koninklijke prijs voor vrije schilderkunst', NL
2000 'Buning Brongers prijs', NL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selection)

2020
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, NL
König Zwei, Vienna, AT

2019
Based on a true story, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL

2017
With Cinnnamon, Art-O-Rama, Marseille, FR
The past inside the present, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL

2016
Open studios, Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin, DE

2015
Turn up the silence, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, NL
Same moment, two different memories, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL

2014
A circle is a soft square, Aando fine art, Berlin, DE

2012
Celebrating the importance of being playful, Galerie Akinci, NL
Reflections of the images within, 38cc, Delft, NL

2011
New scenes' (cat.), Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL
New scenes, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL

2010
Adventures in geometry (pub.), Kunstverein Leverkusen, DE
Anything goes, Zurcher Studio, New York, US

2009
The Solo Project, Basel, CH (catalogue)

2008
(Re)appear, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, NL Behind the scenery, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, FR Acting’,with Lily van der Stokker Film screenings (selection), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selection)

2019
Out of Office. Kunstschatten uit bedrijven, Singer Museum Laren, NL
2018 Palau de Casavells Summer Exhibition 2018, Side Gallery, Barcelona, ES
De meest eigentijdse schilderijententoonstelling, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, NL
Stage of Being, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL
The Hazenstraat Biennale, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL

2017
Art Zuid, International sculpture biennial Amsterdam, NL
Art Basel, CH, with galerie Borzo, Amsterdam, NL
Sol Lewitt, A tribute, GEM, Museum voor actuele kunst Den Haag, NL
Full Moon, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL
Take a line for a walk, Palais Belle vue, Cannes, FR

2016
PS in Berlin, Kunstraum Bethaniën, Berlin, DE
Lust for life/Painting today, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
Door schildersogen, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
Het ABC van de collectie, Stedelijk museum, Schiedam, NL

2015
Beyond Architecture - Architecture Beyond, 37PK, Haarlem, NL

2014
De schoonheid van het verschil, Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen, NL
Wolvecampprijs 2014, Heartfund, Hengelo, NL
Ik hou van Holland, Stedelijk museum, Schiedam, NL

2013
Horizonnen, Fries museum, Leeuwarden, NL
Sidekicks, Aando fine art, Berlin, DE

2012
The Traveller, A visual journey by Alexander Ramselaar, Tent Rotterdam, NL
Best verzorgde boeken, Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam, NL
Back from LA, Galerie Zurcher, New York, US
Public/Private, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL
Colorblocking, De Nieuwe vide, Haarlem, NL
Dordrechts Museum, NL

2011
Pearls of the North, Palais d'Iena, Paris, FR
Een I treurend om een punt, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, NL
'Tijdelijk ver-blijf, Kasteel D'Aspremont-Lynden, Oud-Rekem, BE
SM's, Den Bosch, NL

2010
Blame it on the boogie, CIAP, Hasselt, BE

2009
200 jaar Prix de Rome, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

2008
Something and something else, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL
Checking reality, Platform 21, Amsterdam, NL
Skylines, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL

2007
Contour/ Continuiteit, Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft, NL

2005
(...) et le canard etait toujours vivant, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, FR
Prix de Rome 2005, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL

COLLECTIONS (selection)

Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven / Stedelijk Museum Schiedam / Fries Museum Leeuwarden / Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar / Museum van Bommel van Dam Venlo /SCHUNCK Heerlen / ABN Amro / Aegon / Stichting Akzo Nobel / Achmea / Rabobank / Stichting Océ / Bouwfonds / Nationale Nederlanden/ ING