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 lifesize in my studio, which is in a converted dairy farm. You can't find me happier than when painting fur 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 animals on us and their trust gives us a huge responsibility. I'm not at all sure that we as humans live up to our part of the deal.


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, and it is now on show in the Waterland Museum De Speeltoren in Monnickendam, until January 9th 2022. 




Chimpanzee painting, oil on canvas 100x70cm by Philine van der Vegte
Chimpanzee, oil on canvas 100x70cm

Current and upcoming exhibitions

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MILK - Waterlandsmuseum De Speeltoren


Until November 7 L_A_B nr.1, De Boterhal, Hoorn
Until January 9 2022 "Milk", solo exhibition Waterlands Museum De Speeltoren, Monnickendam
Until October 17 "TRANS:IT", Österreichisches Papiermachermuseum, Steyrermühl (Austria)
October 4 - October 31 "40x40 Novene", grafiekexpositie in H47, Leeuwarden
October 9 - January 9 2022 "Ode aan het Noord-Hollandse landschap", Purmerends Museum, Purmerend
October 23 - 24 Kunst Kijken Volendam in The captain's room, Hotel Spaander
October 23 - 31 Artists aan Zee V tijdens Kunst10daagse Bergen, Hotel Meyer, Bergen aan Zee
November 9 - January L_A_B nr. 2, De Boterhal, Hoorn