Strength and fragility

I paint and draw animals, people and sometimes landscapes. Animals interest me as painting objects, and I just love drawing them from life in the fields around me or painting them on a big scale in my studio, which is in a converted dairy farm just north of Amsterdam. You can't find me happier than when painting a life size giant bull with huge brushes and broad strokes.

On a deeper level, the long standing and sometimes uncomfortable relationship between kept animals and humans keeps popping up in the work, whether I paint horses, donkeys, cows or apes. The dependence of the beast upon us, and its trust, give us a huge responsibility. I'm not at all sure that we as humans always live up to our part of the deal. In most of my work this relationship between humans and animals plays a role, sometimes overt, sometimes more in the background.

Drawing and painting living creatures from life is challenging and exciting. Animals move around, and this means that speed is important. I like the thrill of trying to get it right in one go, but visible signs of searching for the right shapes are part of the work, too. The brushstroke is essential and I try to achieve the freshness of my life sketches in the larger studio paintings as well.

I have just finished a large project about the different aspects of dairy farming. How does it influence the animals, the people and the landscape? This is the MILK project, culminating in a solo show at Waterlandsmuseum De Speeltoren in Monnickendam, and a book which is still available here. I am currently working on portraits for the project "Een wereldreis van een kilometer" and whatever else takes my fancy.


Painting of a Limousin calf, oil on linen 60x90cm by Philine van der Vegte
Limousin calf, oil on linen 60x90cm by Philine van der Vegte

Current and upcoming exhibitions

July 9 - October 2 "Katwijk en plein air", Duna atelier, Katwijk
Until September 14 L_A_B nr. 4, De Boterhal, Hoorn
September 15-16-17 B.base, 4bid gallery, Amsterdam
September 17 - December 4 Klimaatexpo, Museum De Fundatie/ Academiehuis de Grote Kerk, Zwolle
September 24 - October 9 Biennale Waterlandse Kunstkring, Monnickendam
Until September 30 Pop up gallery Waterlandse Kunstkring, VVV Monnickendam
October 8-9 and October 15-16 Open Atelier, Katwoude
Until October 30 "Jeannes zomer," Museum Staal, Almen
October 14 - January 15 "De academie aan zee",  Zandvoorts Museum, Zandvoort
October 21 - 30 Kunst10daagse Bergen, Hotel Meyer, Bergen aan Zee
November 20 - 27 PAN Amsterdam with Galerie Mokum