In this blog post I will look back on 2021, focusing on my art.
For the majority of 2021 I have been feeling sick and exhausted, recovering from long covid . I see a lot of progress since this I got sick during the winter of 2020, but it is a long road.
Even though this was a difficult year for me healthwise, I have felt very supported and managed to have five exhibitions despite it all. The first half of 2021 besides small artworks for the weekly 25 artproject, I spent little time drawing or painting. The second half of 2021 I finally got back into painting some bigger works and then I also managed to make five miniature works and three collages. This year even more so than before I discovered the power of creating: the energy it gives both my soul and body.
View all exhibitions and works made in 2021 below.
OVERVIEW oF EXHIBITIONS In 2021
As the covid pandemic regretfully continues and the Netherlands went in and out of lockdown, the cultural sector and yours truely found ways to continue. In 2021 I exhibited in
-a pop-up artwindow curated by another artist ('Ride to Art', Amsterdam)
- a café (Liever Hier, Amsterdam)
- former tram depot (De Hallen, Amsterdam)
- the largest bookstore of Amsterdam (Scheltema)
- a gallery, in a very colourful diverse miniature art group exhibition
(Galerie Paterswolde, Paterswolde).
Click the slideshow to view the exhibition overview in pictures.
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1. Solo exhibition
Art Window Ride To Art, Weesperzijde 22, Amsterdam, January 6- February 3rd 2021
On show 24/7, best viewed at night. Organized by artist Fleur Spolidor.
Showed my painting 'Tengu on Mount Kurama'.
2. Solo exhibition
'Japan in gouache and watercolour'
at Liever Hier (local coffee house and cake bakery), Nieuwendammerdijk 413 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From 18 February until 20 June 2021.
Displayed four paintings related to Japan.
3. Group exhibition
Fantasy curated by See you at Art at De Hallen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
29 May - June 4th 2021.
Showing two paintings from my series 'Japanese mythology'.
4. Solo exhibition
Japan: Stories, Myths and Memories. Philo Ouweleen
From 6 July to 29 August 2021 at Scheltema (Rokin 9, Amsterdam)
Open every day from 10:00 – 19:00 hours.
Located at the staircase, exhibition starts on third floor and ends on the ground floor.
'Japan: Stories, Myths and Memories’ is an exhibition with eleven paintings by artist and Japanologist Philo Ouweleen. Combining three art projects, - Stories from Kameoka, Japanese garden and Japanese mythology – Ouweleen presents a diverse and loving image of Japan.'
5. Group exhibition
Visitekaartjes at Galerie Paterswolde
21 november 2021 - 29 january 2022 - Opening 21 november
Hoofdweg 161, 9765 CB Paterswolde
Showing six miniature works of 10x15 cm on paper (framed).
'Miniatuurkunst door zowel grote namen als minder
bekend talent. Het resultaat is een ware snoepwinkel voor elke kunstliefhebber en -verzamelaar. '
OVERVIEW OF NEW WORKS & PROJECTS IN 2021
- WEEKLY 25 - Let's make more, share more, buy more art!
Some of the works from the series in a digital collage
The idea was simple: every week I posted on my social media a new small artwork (usually A5) for sale for just 25 euro.
What started as a way for me to hold myself accountable to not only create more frequently, also became a project to stimulate my creativity and share my work at a price that was in the budget range for many people. One left for sale, the others are sold.
Not all 26 works are uploaded on my website yet, but you can already view more than half by clicking the button below.
- Reading - an ode to the joys and power of reading
- MINIATURE ART AFFORDABLE miniature works of 10x15 cm on paper
What started by making miniature art for a group exhibition of miniature art (Visitekaartjes, Galerie Paterswolde) , turned into another ongoing artproject.
With the series 'Miniature Art' I want to offer small postcard size artworks for a price that many can afford, but also for a price that is more sustainable for me as an artist as opposed to the earlier 'weekly 25' artproject.
Other benefits of this series include: an artistic challenge for me (making small artwork asks for a different way of thinking and being creative), easily collectible due to size and price for those interested, fits into nearly all interiors due to its small size, easy transport and storage (yes, very practical for me!)
- COLLAGE- MINIATURE ART
The artproject 'Miniature Art' also includes affordable collages. This medium really stimulates my sense of fantasy and imagination. For the three collages below, all photo materials were made by yours truely: from photos in the Netherlands to photo's in Japan, mixing. Other materials used are golden marker, chiyogami (Japanese paper) and marbled paper that I made at my brother's studio.
- OTHER WORKS