Renske Herder is an artist and designer, born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. She grew up in a small village in the country side. In her youth she was very involved in sports such as ice skating until she went to college. She received her master's degree in Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Twente in 2012. Renske worked in the field of surface design and product styling for 6 years. After this she decided to dedicate more of her time to art making and spend more time outdoors. She quit her job and now lives and works on the Caribbean island Bonaire with her husband and two boys of 1 and 3 years old. 

Artist Practice

‘Pour le plaisir des yeux’  Was it on the front cover of a booklet of an exhibition I once visited. That sentence describes exactly what drives me in my artistry. For me, making art is like traveling: an adventure. Color by color, layer by layer on to the unknown. My eyes are always looking for something surprising or something new, even when I go for a bike ride or walk.

Coincidence and imperfection play a major role. Children's drawings, textures of wallpaper that has been pulled from the wall, discarded packaging or a second-hand book from the thrift store are all reasons for new work. I try to find the balance between simplicity and amazement, whereby a found material is often the starting point. While combining materials and applying paint I look for an image that is poetic as well as playful and simple. Known and unknown at the same time.

I prefer to work with oil paint, but I also use acrylic and watercolor. Materials that I like to use besides paint are old (found) pieces of paper, vintage pictures, hand-painted pieces of textile and pastels, oil sticks.


Renske Herder

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Renske is living on the Caribbean island Bonaire.

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