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. 




Gorilla painting, oil on linen 100x70cm by Philine van der Vegte
Made of the same things, oil on linen 100x70cm

Buy the exhibition catalogue here

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Until January 9 2022 "Milk", solo exhibition Waterlands Museum De Speeltoren, Monnickendam
Until February 6 2022 "Ode aan het Noord-Hollandse landschap", Purmerends Museum, Purmerend
November 9 - January L_A_B nr. 2, De Boterhal, Hoorn
December 3 - April 16 "Terug naar de natuur", Museum Nairac, Barneveld
December 10 - Jan 9 Salon, Arti&Amicitiae, Amsterdam
December 11 - Jan 12 "Feest van de ontmoeting", jubileumtentoonstelling De Boterhal, Hoorn