Elise Eekhout

Contemporary artist

Others

Letters and texts have always been a source of inspiration and wonder for Elise Eekhout. When you think about it, it’s a very fascinating fact: text is nothing but a series of characters in a row, to which we have assigned meanings. We can experience a whole range of feelings and emotions just by looking at those signs. Eekhout combines this fascination of letters and texts with the images she creates in her art. Her work is layered and contains several types of information, including about herself, her feelings and thoughts. She likes works of art that have a story to tell that is not completely ‘finished’. “If you can see and retell the story right away, it’s boring. There has to be something for the viewer to discover.” Before entering the professional artworld, Elise Eekhout has been a successful graphic designer for over 20 years. She started her own graphic design company whilst studying at St. Joost Art School (Breda, The Netherlands). At the start of the corona lockdown in the spring of 2020, Eekhout decided to make her dream come true and become an artist. After only one year she managed to break through internationally with exhibitions in India.

Artist Statement

- EXPLORATION OF IMAGINATION - Mission: Elise wants us to be free, free to use our fantasy and imagination to come up with creative solutions to unexpected problems. Vision: She takes people into her paintings by means of “narration • imagination • exploration” and make them fantasize new dreams. Artwork: Her paintings are the “narration”. They act as a catalyst to engage into a conversation with yourself. They put your imagination to work, after which you can go and explore. Some people struggle to get their imaginations going. Elise helps them on their way by having them read fragments from the painting. After that, people automatically start to explore the painting and their imagination.


Education

Open University, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Working on propedeuse - Psychology
2019 - 2026
Following various courses in the psychology study.

Art School St. Joost, Breda, The Netherlands

Bachelor - Graphic Design
1998 - 2002
After graduation the Graphic Lyceum in Rotterdam Elise went to the Art School in Breda. She continued studying graphic design but with a love for painting and illustration combined with letters and texts.

Grafisch Lyceum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Graduated - Graphic Design
1994 - 1998

Skills

artwork

painting

realistic

abstract

contemporary

illustrations

graphic design

design thinking

adobe programs

English

Dutch

computer skills

impressionism

expressionism


Interests

art

painting

books

literature

reading

nature

thoughts

text

letters

signs

psychology


Awards

2th prize Expeditie 2009

October 2009

Nomination Expedition 2008

October 2008

Nomination Frans Hals Award

June 2005

3th prize G.J. Thiemefonds

September 2003

Nomination ADCN Talent Trophy

July 2003

Nomination Gouden Penning

September 2002

Encouragementprize Thinquest uit de kunst

July 2002

Nomination Joop Hof Award

October 1998

Press

Article

August 2021
Article about Elise Eekhout Art

Article India

August 2021

Interview

July 2021
Interview about exhbiting in India

Interview

August 2020

Online publication of project 1943

April 2020

Publication

November 2019
Publication in Zachte Krachten

Television interview

September 2009

Interview newspaper

September 2009

Television interview

September 2008

Multiple articles

June 2007
Article in magazine Publish and Indrukken.

Article in magazine

January 2006
Article in magazine Identity Matters

Multiple articles in magazines

January 2005
Multiple articles in multiple magazines: Identity Matters, LucasX, Vormberichten, Items.

Article in magazine and book

January 2004
Article in magazine Vormberichten and in the Dutch Design Book.

Multiple articles

January 2003
Multiple articles in multiple magazines, books and newspapers throughout the year.

Article in magazine

January 2001
Article in magazine Voorbeelden in Beeld

Projects

Donated art for art-charity-auction

May 2013

Organisation group-exhibitions

January 2004
Organisation of multiple group-exhibitions for KCN-Gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.

Presentation / workshop in museum

November 2003
Project presentation / workshop in museum Scryption, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Organisation group-exhibitions

January 2003
Organisation of multiple group-exhibitions for KCN-gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Organisation group-exhibitions

January 2002
Organisation of multiple group-exhbitions for KCN-gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Exhibitions

Art Oasis

September 2021
Jaipur, India
In this difficult time, art offers comfort and hope. At the same time, art offers the opportunity to reflect and confront society. The Oasis National Annual Art Exhibition 2021 is not only an ode to creativity, beauty and craftsmanship. It also serves as a fraternity between like minds from different cultures and continents.

Master's Strokes

August 2021
Meerut, India
I have had the honor of being invited as a guest artists for the exhibition for ‘Art Oasis’. The National Annual Art Exhibition in the Rajasthan Lalit Kaka Academy in Jaipur, India.

Vision for Humanity

August 2020
online exhibition

5 april 1943

April 2020
online exhibition

Zachte Krachten

November 2019
Joriskerk, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Participant in a group-exhibition.

Veiling Glazen Speeltuinhuis

April 2013
Veiling Glazen Speeltuinhuis, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
Participant in group exhibition for an charity-art-auction

Solo-exhibition Kunstuitleen

December 2010
Kunstuitleen, Woerden, The Netherlands

Solo-exhibition Kunstuitleen

September 2010
Kunstuitleen, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Solo-exhibition Saltro-gallery

May 2010
Saltro-Gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Duo-exhibition Hofboerderij

April 2010
Hofboerderij-gallery, Wateringen, The Netherlands

Kunstuitleen

December 2009
Kunstuitleen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Participant in group-exhibition

Solo-exhibition Kunstuitleen

November 2009
Kunstuitleen, Woerden, The Netherlands

Solo-exhibition Reactive

October 2009
REactive, IJsselstein, The Netherlands

Solo-exhibition The Hague

September 2009
City-library, The Hague, The Netherlands

Provinciehuis Utrecht

June 2009
Provincihuis, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Participant in group exhibition

Solo-exhibition FP-gallery

March 2009
FP-gallery, IJsselstein, The Netherlands

Kunstuitleen

February 2009
Kunstuitleen, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
Participant in a group-exhibition

Kunst in Ahoy

June 2008
Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Participant in group-exhibition

Solo-exhibition FP-gallery

June 2008
FP-gallery, IJsselstein, The Netherlands

Voordeligste Salon

April 2008
Pop-up gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Participant in group exhibition.

Kunstuitleen-gallery

April 2008
Kunstuitleen, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
Participant in group-exhibition.

Meermanno Museum

October 2005
Meermanno Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands
Participant in group exhibition.

KCN-gallery

January 2004
KCN-gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Participant in various group-exhibitions.

Group-exhibition Townhall

January 2004
Townhall, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Participant in various group-exhibitions in the townhall.

Solo-exhibition

September 2003
Townhall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

KCN-gallery

January 2003
KCN-gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Participant in various group-exhibitions in KCN-gallery in 2003.

St.Joost-gallery

June 2002
St.Joost, Breda, The Netherlands
Participant in a group-exhibition

KCN-gallery

January 2002
KCN-gallery, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Participant in various group-exhibitions

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