Photo: Hanneke van Ryswyk in Wexford

Hanneke van Ryswyk


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 visual art practice and moved to Ireland. Her ongoing body of work in drawing, painting and printmaking focuses on glacial melting and the impact it is having across the globe. Hanneke has held three Irish solo exhibition since moving to Ireland. In 2014 she was awarded a Visual Arts Bursary by Artlinks. In 2013, Hanneke was awarded a residency at Kultivera, Tranås, Sweden. She has been awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig artist's retreat, County Kerry in 2013 and 2012. Recent group exhibitions include 'AC3, The Timekeeper' Olivier Cornet Gallery, Filmbase, Dubin, Ballymaloe House, Cork, 'Furniture' curated by Will O’Kane, Wexford Opera Festival and 'painting + drawing,' curated by Anya von Gosseln, Newtownbarry House, Wexford and with Olivier Cornet Gallery at VUE National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA, Dublin in November 2012. Her work can be found in the Office of Public Works collection and she is a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. “I have spent the last year researching, experimenting, and developing the body of work 'Residues of Time' in painting and drawing, responding to the immediate results of glacial melt. My work is informed by field trips and residencies which have been made in the rural environments of Bunclody [Wexford], Cill Rialaig [Kerry], Tranås [Sweden] and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre [Monaghan]. My working methods include sourcing, grinding and binding pigment to create paintings of an abstract aesthetic with many and varied surfaces. I work in layers, using a combination of pigment, charcoal, plaster and co-polymer. My work is informed by research made whilst visiting places affected by climate change: Tranås, Sweden [Awarded by Coracle] Informed by visits to Trollsjön, a glacial lake, surrounded by forests and gigantic boulders deposited at the end of the ice age. The notion of sediment caused by glacial deposits versus the sediment of mankind, became my starting point. For these works I used locally sourced charcoal and pigments [Dalablått and Falu Rödfärg]. Tetra? Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry Witnessing a snowfall at Cill Rialaig in January 2013 led to research into how historically, the Little Ice Age began retreating during the mid 19thcentury and the fact that land beneath glaciers is now increasingly being revealed by melting ice due to rising temperatures. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan During my recent residency I had the opportunity to develop my painting by responding to an article I read which stated how rising temperatures are causing the glaciers of the Alps to melt and retreat at an alarming rate. To reduce the melt, extreme measures are being taken to preserve these glaciers which include covering them with huge tarpaulins to deflect the sun's rays and reduce glacial melt. This information was the starting point leading me to commence experimentation, exploration and an investigation into the physical form of glaciers and mountains.” Hanneke van Ryswyk April 2014 read full statement

Location Wexford
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Environment, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
Tags glaciers, global warming, sourced pigment, soot drawings, melting glaciers, drawing, environmental, climate change

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  • Residues of Time

    11/05/2014 – 31/05/2014
    Olivier Cornet Gallery, JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row, Dublin

    An exhibition of new works by Hanneke van Ryswyk. Guest speaker: Dr Frank McGovern, Head of the Climate Change Unit at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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