Engelina Zandstra

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Landscapes of the Mind

Engelina Zandstra is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam, Netherlands

For the past several years, I have been in Amsterdam studying painting, etching, silk screening and modeling. But recently I have concentrated on painting

My work balances between abstract and figurative. Images are created in my mind. The impressions in my memory are the source of my imagination. Sometimes I find inspiration in ordinary objective coincidence. An idea is worked out directly on the canvas, without any prior study. Each painting is like a link in my creative development, a frontier process of my personal style. In this style development occurs quickly.

I call my paintings “Landscapes of the Mind” because they are reproductions of the images in my imagination.

As for their meaning: I consider my paintings like music, they don’t need words for explanation. Each one tells its own tale, which may be different for each viewer.


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Landscapes of the Mind

Engelina Zandstra is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam, Netherlands

For the past several years, I have been in Amsterdam studying painting, etching, silk screening and modeling. But recently I have concentrated on painting

My work balances between abstract and figurative. Images are created in my mind. The impressions in my memory are the source of my imagination. Sometimes I find inspiration in ordinary objective coincidence. An idea is worked out directly on the canvas, without any prior study. Each painting is like a link in my creative development, a frontier process of my personal style. In this style development occurs quickly.

Colour, composition, figuration and abstraction are not constant components in my work, but subject to my spiritual exploration trips. My fascination with images that are not possible or are not true representations of reality is linked to Surrealism. In Surrealism, forms and colors can have different meanings. The viewer is thus forced to give attention to the different meanings of each colour and each shape. My artistic intuition, starting with images of the mind, uses shapes, forms and colours and combines these aspects to a painting with my own special “handwriting”.

The style of my paintings can best be described as lyrical-abstract. Sometimes the beginning is abstract, and then at some point human figures may comw into shape. Sometimes the human presence, and defining human relationships, is necessary for further inspiration.

Usually I work in many thin layers on top of each other. Each new layer gives inspirartion for the following one, with new ideas. Because of the different layers and colours, the acrylic paint gets depth and character. Colour is important for me: the alchemy of colour. This defines for me the atmosphere of a painting.

I call my paintings “Landscapes of the Mind” because they are reproductions of the images in my imagination.

As for their meaning: I consider my paintings like music, they don’t need words for explanation. Each one tells its own tale, which may be different for each viewer.


exhibitions

  • 2011
  • Artists Haven Gallery — Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. 2011 International Fine Art Painting Competition, June 4 - 30, 2011, Category winner for Abstract and overall First Place
  • Artists Haven Gallery — Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. Group Exhibition, 1 - 31 October
  • Permanent exhibition in my own studio, Meeuwenlaan 15 1021 HR Amsterdam, Netherlands. You are welcome to come and see my work in reality.
  • 2010
  • Het Kunstbedriif, Raadhuisstraat 56a 2101 HH Heemstede
  • De Lange Litanie, Roeselare, BelgiŽ
  • Diaconessenhuis, Meppel
  • Galerie De Kleine Hoogstraat, Kleine Hoogstraat 14, 8911 HE Leeuwarden
  • 2009
  • Marziart Internationale Galerie
  • Opera Gallery, Budapest, Collective Exhibiton by Selected Artists from the Netherlands
  • 2008
  • Het Kunstbedrijf, Heemstede
  • Stadsdeelhuis Amsterdam-Noord, Amsterdam
  • Galerie Oost 99, Hoorn
  • Open Atelierroute, Amsterdam-Noord
  • 2003
  • Galerie ‘de Opsteker’, Amsterdam
  • 1999
  • Galerie 66, Amsterdam
  • Galerie ‘de Opsteker’, Dorpskerk Durgerdam, Amsterdam
  • 1998
  • Art Expo, Amsterdam
  • Presentatiecentrum ‘Het Slakkenhuis’, Soest
  • De Badcuyp, Amsterdam
  • Galerie ‘Tussen de poortjes’, Hoorn
  • 1997
  • Galerie ‘de Opsteker’, Amsterdam
  • 1996
  • Galerie ‘A Vue’, Maarssen
  • CLB (Sanquin), Amsterdam
  • Galerie ‘Three of a kind’, Amsterdam
  • 1995
  • Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam
  • Hogeschool Amsterdam, Amsterdam
  • Hogeschool Alkmaar, Alkmaar
  • Amsterdam Studio’s, Amsterdam
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