Strength and fragility

I paint and draw my immediate surroundings in the rural area just north of Amsterdam. Farmers, landscape, animals, people. Aiming to show a timeless beauty, without reverting to nostalgia.


At the moment, the focus of my work lies with painting cattle, sheep and horses. Farm animals are part of our cultural heritage and our landscape, as well as an economic factor. They are not pets, but production units. Life and death of these animals lie in our hands. Their physical strength is intimidating, certainly up close, but they are utterly dependent and vulnerable.
I want to show this impressive strength and beauty, but I also want to raise the servitude and fragility. I do this in lifesize drawings and paintings, that often express a certain threat or sadness, as well as the beauty of the animals.

 

Drs Nicole van der Schaaf, art historian: "...Philine van der Vegte treedt met haar schitterende veestukken in de voetsporen van deze voorgangers, die het vee hun eigen karakter teruggaven en plaatsten in hun natuurlijk omgeving: de Hollandse weide. Kijk de schapen van Van der Vegte aan en zie het dier in al zijn waardigheid: kracht en onafhankelijkheid gaat samen met schoonheid. Maar zie tevens de kwetsbaarheid van het dier over wiens lot wij mensen beslissen."

 

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL:

"Op de dijk", inkt op papier 107x200cm zwart wit tekening van schapen in inkt, met een wolken achtergrond
"Op de dijk", inkt op papier 107x200cm

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

January 11 - end of June?: Solo exhibition in the gallery of the Dijklander ziekenhuis, Hoorn

June 20 - July 15 "A doodle a day", group exhibition Arti&Amicitiae, Amsterdam

August 1 - 23: "Veilig in de kudde", solo exhibition Kerkje Zuiderwoude

September 7 - 13: Schilderfestival Noordwijk

September 26 - October 11: Group exhibition Waterlandse Kunstkring, Grote Kerk Monnickendam

November 1 - 30: Artist in residence Kunstmaand Ameland

December: Ledententoonstelling De Boterhal, Hoorn

Summer 2021: Solo exhibition Waterlands Museum De Speeltoren, Monnickendam