Approved: 16.09.2006

Hanneke van Ryswyk

Artist

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Approved: 16.09.2006

Welsh born artist Hanneke van Ryswyk grew up in the Netherlands and returned to Wales in 1998. She graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea in 2006. After graduating, van Ryswyk worked in textiles and ecological fashion. In 2011 she returned to her art and moved to Bunclody. 

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  • Location: Wexford
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: glaciers, global warming, sourced pigment, soot drawings, melting glaciers, drawing, environmental, climate change
 
 

Biography

Welsh born artist Hanneke van Ryswyk grew up in the Netherlands and returned to Wales in 1998. She graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea in 2006. After graduating, van Ryswyk worked in textiles and ecological fashion. In 2011 she returned to her art and moved to Bunclody. 

Hanneke has held four Irish solo exhibitions since moving to Bunclody. In 2013, Hanneke was awarded a residency by Coracle at Kultivera, Tranås, Sweden. She has also been awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig artist's retreat, County Kerry and has attended residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan. In 2014 she was awarded a Visual Arts Bursary by Artlinks. 

Her work can be found in the Office of Public Works collection and she is a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. Her most recent solo exhibition was a huge success and was reviewed by the Sunday Times arts critic John P. O'Sullivan 

“These small, mysterious, and alluring paintings are abstract explorations of the effect of weather and climate change on the surface of the earth. The chilly images are more icescapes than landscapes. The frozen world she invokes has a post-apocalyptic feel to it. Icy shapes writhe like monsters enveloping the blasted land. The amorphous shifting terrain shows no signs of human involvement.” 

John P. O’Sullivan, © The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine - Irish Edition. May 11th 2014.  [p. 29]

Before Hanneke commences painting, she prepares her boards and wood panels using traditional gesso. Gesso is a white primer consisting of rabbit-skin glue mixed with whiting (chalk). Gesso is used to coat wooden panels, boards and canvas to give a smooth surface to paint on. The preparation for traditional gesso takes time, the process involves dissolving the Rabbit skin glue in water in order to size wooden panels. Next, whiting is added to the rabbit skin glue stirring it until it is of a creamy consistency. The mixture is now ready to apply to the panels in thin layers, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next. Each layer of gesso requires a light sanding between coats to achieve the smooth surface desired. Hanneke repeated this process four times for her paintings. 'The bright gesso surface is wonderful to work on and helps give my colours their luminosity', says van Ryswyk.
Hanneke's latest paintings were made at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan where she was inspired by the nearby lake, drumlins and constantly shifting skies. Up until now Hanneke's work has been influenced by climate change and the aftermath of melting glaciers. Hanneke visits locations in Ireland to witness for herself the formations glaciers have made in the land.

Hanneke's abstract paintings are small, delicate and atmospheric with suggestions of clouds, islands, mountains and subtle shifts of light from early morning to dusk. Like her priming, Hanneke's painting process involves working in numerous thin layers, using pigment bound with co-polymer. Her paintings have intricate textures from repeated sanding and scoring of the surface and are illuminated with gentle colour from jade greens to pinks. Her subject matter is imaginative, the works are still and infused with memory. 



 

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2006 First Class BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design - Contemporary Applied Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea

 

Solo exhibitions

2014 - Residues of Time, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

2012 - Archipelagos, The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

2012 - ORIGIN, The Norman Gallery, Rathnure, County Wexford, Ireland

2011 - The Birds, The Norman Gallery , Ireland

 

Group exhibitions

2014 - Opera Festival Group Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2014 - Sybils of the Slaney, Newtownbarry House, Ireland

2013 - AC3 The Time Keeper, Olivier Cornet Gallery at Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland

2013 - Pride, Ballymaloe House, Cork, Ireland

2013 - Furniture, curated by Will O’Kane, Wexford, Ireland

2013 - Summer Art Festival, Tranås, Sweden

2013 - Land Marks, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2013 - 'painting + drawing' curated by Anya von Gosseln , Newtownbarry House Gallery, Ireland

2013 - Wool House, Somerset House, with The Cill Rialaig Project, London

2012 - AC2, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 2012 - Convergence, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

2012 - Summer Exhibition, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow, Ireland

2012 - VUE National Contemporary Art Fair

2012, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2012 - Winter exhibition, Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne

2012 - Winter exhibition, Cherrylane Fine Art, Wicklow, Ireland

2011 - ART250 exhibition, Cill Rialaig Project, Cill Rialaig Project, Ireland

2011 - Artworks for the Ros Tapestry exhibition, Brandon House , Ireland

2011 - Summer Group Exhibition, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow, Ireland

2011 - The Alchemist’s Chamber, Filmbase, Dublin

2011 - Winter Show, Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne

2011 - Winter Show, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow, Ireland

2011 - Winter Show, The Norman Gallery, Ireland

2008 - si:su Showcase, Ropewalk, Barton Upon Humber

2008 - Summer Show, Mumbles Road Gallery, Swansea

2007 - 'The Shoe' Collection, Coterie, Wales

2006 - Embroiderer's Guild - The Knitting and Stitching Show - Graduate Showcase , Alexandra Palace, London

2006 - Embroiderer's Guild - The Knitting and Stitching Show - Graduate Showcase , The RDS, Dublin

2006 - Graduate Showcase, Context Gallery, Cardiff

2006 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London

2006 - Swansea Summer Open Exhibition, Glynn Vivian, Swansea

2006 - The Space Between, The Grand Theatre, Swansea

2005 - The Peter Greenaway Experience, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea

 

Artist talks

2011 - Artist talk and demonstration of printmaking, The Norman Gallery, Ireland

2009 - Lecture and workshop. Recycled fashion. Foundation Art and Design department, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea

2009 - Lecture, Enterprise Week. Recycled fashion and business profile. Second year BA Surface Pattern Design department, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea

 

Workshops

2012 - Introduction to Printmaking, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

2011 - Introduction to Printmaking, Newtownbarry House, Bunclody, County Wexford, Ireland

2010 - Make and Mend at the Museum - Buttons, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2010 - Make and Mend at the Museum - Interiors, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2010 - Make and Mend at the Museum - T-shirts, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2010 - Photograph and Paper Conservation - Adult Learning Week, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2010 - Textile Conservation - Adult Learning Week, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2009 - Assistant facilitator of Scrap Heap Beats workshops. Making percussion instruments from scrap materials., National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2009 - Black History Month - Banner Workshops. Assisted artist and museum outreach officer in banner making workshops to highlight famous black people through history, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2009 - Facilitator of banner workshops in preparation for St. Davids Day , National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2009 - Facilitator of Sleeveface workshops. Directing poses, photographer and printing of photographs., National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2009 - Sleeveface workshops, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2008 - Facilitator of Formations and Minerals workshops, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2007 - Facilitator of photography workshop Star For a Day, National Museum, Cardiff

2007 - Facilitator of photography workshops Be A Star , National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

 

Residencies and awards

2014 Visual Arts Bursary - Artlinks Professional Development Award

2014 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

2013 Kultivera, Studieframjanet, Tranås, Sweden

2013 The Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Ireland

 

Private commissions

2007 - 'Sailing', SIBOS, Peter Evans, Boston, USA

 

Educational experience - secondary

2012 - Printmaking workshop - Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin

2009 - Presentation and workshops. Recycled fashion. GCSE students (15-16 yrs), Coleg Sir Gar (Art and Fashion department), Jobswell, Carmarthen