Esther Tielemans





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.


2016 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin,D

2001-2002 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

1993-1998 Akademie voor kunst en vormgeving, Den Bosch, NL


2014 ‘Wolvecampprijs 2014’, NL, stichting Heartfund, Hengelo

2005 ‘Prix de Rome 2005’, NL (basic prize)

2002 ‘De koninklijke subsidie voor vrije schilderkunst’, NL

2000 ‘Buning Brongers prijs’, NL