Short biography
Anita de Harde
painter and sculptor
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About Anita de Harde

Anita de Harde was born in Groningen, Holland, on October 31, 1950. She finished her education in sculpture and graphical arts with honour in 1983 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

During her participation in the Paintingfestival in Noordwijk at Sea she followed masterclasses from Aat Veldhoen and Jan Sierhuis, two famous Dutch artists.

After having painted many years realistic figurative with an accent on the animal world, Anita is nowadays painting more and more abstract. Very often one finds remnants of ancient animal forms, that in a subtle way form a natural background. She uses thick layers of modeling paste creating a 3-D effect.

One cannot but feel immediately at home with the earthly colours she preferably uses in several layers thereby creating an unfathomable depth on the canvas.

Sculptures

Recently Anita realised a monumental sculpture in China resembling a woman in yogic posture standing on four wheels named "fourwheeldrivelady".

In 2011 a design for a 3-D sculpture floating on water ("the blue men") was approved and then realised and exhibited in the canal of the ancient Dutch city Zaltbommel.

In 2014 she participated and organised a community art project, whereby an island was made out of plastic bottles, reminding us of the huge amount of plastic trash that is floating around in our oceans. See Island creeps ashore and is transformed..

In 2015 she is participating in an international Chinese sculpting competition with "Upholding the world in joined effort".

Motivation

In her most recent work, human figures in different poses that express deep human feelings. Like the ones she did with an African man whom she met during her stay in China.See the following paintings:

  1. Salutations to you
  2. Embracing the world
  3. Curving back

In earlier work, reflections and shadows of the human/animal form were used in order to give some kind of representation of the unfathomable soul. The invisible made visible.

The soul is like a shadow or reflection connected to the body, as long you are alive or in the light. These mysterious forms inspire contemplation and reflection.

Technique

Anita often uses many layers of watery acryl paint in order to create depth in the painting.

By applying layers of gold on the canvas she emphasizes the light aspect of the painting.

In every painting is a light source, a lamp or the sun. Sometimes Anita makes a joke by adding an extra lamp that is not connected to the shadow in the painting.

International appreciation

Anita's work has been sold in Singapore, Indonesie, South Africa, England, Scotland. A painting of her is exhibited in a museum in Miami, Florida. Her work was exhibited in a gallery in Poland and in Barcelona for 3 years.

Recently Anita participated in the Florence Biennale, a well known international manifestation for contemporary art in Italy.

In 2010 a monumental sculpture named "Fourwheeldrivelady" was realised in China on the occasion of the 11th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium

Media, press

She had many newspaper articles and regularly gives radio interviews on her work and activities.




List of exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions:

  1. 1983 -- Gallery Lughien, Amsterdam
  2. 1984 -- Gallery Langeveer, Haarlem
  3. 1990 -- Grudziadz, Chelmo, Poland
  4. 1995 -- NOS, Hilversum
  5. 1996 -- Metz en Co, Amsterdam
  6. 1999 -- Vegetarisch Restaurant, Lelystad
  7. 2000 -- Holland Art Gallery, Lelystad
  8. 2004 -- Sala Barna, Barcelona
  9. 2004 -- Exhibition Gallery Posthuys, De Koog, Texel
  10. 2004 -- Gallery Arte Mascini, Amsterdam
  11. 2005 -- Free bird, Gallery Wim Zwijsen, Hoorn
  12. 2005 -- Lecture on her paintings with slideshow in Kunstuitleen Lelystad
  13. 2006 -- The past in the presence, Kunstkring, Vegetarisch Restaurant, Lelystad
  14. 2006 -- Vergader- en Partyboerderij Champ'Aubert, Driebergen-Rijsenburg
  15. 2008 -- Overview exhibition - Omroep Flevoland, Lelystad
  16. 2009 -- Exhibition in Restaurant Wildschut.
  17. 2009 -- Duo-exhibition "Transparency" in "Het Glazen Huis", Amsterdam.
  18. 2010 -- Exhibition "Dreamy Awareness" in the Vegetarian Restaurant, Lelystad
  19. 2010 -- Exhibition "Moved" in the House of the Province Flevoland, Lelystad
  20. 2011 -- Art object (painting with built-in LED lights) set in action by Mayor Mrs Horselenberg in the board of director's room of the renovated townhall of Lelystad.
  21. 2012 -- Inauguration monumental (4 m high) sculpture Fourwheeldrive Lady (acrylic one) by mayor of Lelystad Mrs Horselenberg

Group exhibitions:

  1. 1983 -- Centraal Beheer, Apeldoorn
  2. 1985 -- Kunstuitleen, Osdorp, Amsterdam
  3. 1989 -- Kunstbeurs (KVF), Biddinghuizen
  4. 1989 -- Gallery De Fontein (KVF), Lelystad
  5. 1989 -- Gallery De Cirkel ("Verhalen"), Almere
  6. 1989 -- NS ("Trains throughout time"), Utrecht
  7. 1990 -- Gallery De Cirkel (KVF), Almere
  8. 1990 -- Gallery De Cirkel ("The circle is round"), Almere
  9. 1990 -- Gemeentehuis (KVF), Emmeloord
  10. 1990 -- Gallery De Fontein ("Voorjaarssalon KVF"), Lelystad
  11. 1991 -- Kunstbeurs Stadhuis (KVF), Lelystad
  12. 1991 -- Gallery De Cirkel, Almere
  13. 1992 -- Amnesty International, Emmeloord
  14. 1992 -- City Gallery, Gouda
  15. 1992 -- Aalborg, Denmark
  16. 1992 -- Gallery De Cirkel, ("Erotics"), Almere
  17. 1995 -- Gallery De Fontein ("Voorjaarssalon KVF"), Lelystad
  18. 1995 -- Gallery De Cirkel ("Womens work"), Almere
  19. 1995 -- Townhall ("Reality of Life"), Urk
  20. 1996 -- Townhall ("Reality of Life"), Almere
  21. 1996 -- De Kubus ("Reality of Life"), Lelystad
  22. 1996 -- De Meerpaal ("Voorjaarssalon KVF"), Dronten
  23. 1996 -- Cityhall ("Flevoland Cultural Tour"), Almere
  24. 1996 -- Gallery Caliope, portrait-exhibition, Lelystad
  25. 1996 -- Cultural Centre De Kubus, Lelystad
  26. 1996 -- Agora Theater, Lelystad
  27. 1997 -- Agora Theater (Blauwe Zaal), Lelystad
  28. 1997 -- "Reality of Life", Ethiopië
  29. 1997 -- De Kubus ("Beeldende Kunst Lelystad 2000"), Lelystad
  30. 1998 -- Townhall ("Voorjaarssalon KVF"), Lelystad
  31. 1998 -- Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (v.leerlingen/oud-leerlingen vd Rietveld Acad.)
  32. 1998 -- Teaching on the street, Lelystad (1 week in augustus)
  33. 1998 -- Painting flags with school children, Lelystad
  34. 1998 -- Rijkswaterstaat Smedinghuis (KVF), Lelystad
  35. 1998 -- Mercure Hotel ("Beeldende Kunst Lelystad 2000"), Lelystad
  36. 1998 -- Agora Theater, blauwe zaal + foyer, Lelystad
  37. 1999 -- Gallery Metis (kunstboekjes), Amsterdam
  38. 1999 -- Agora theater, foyer, Lelystad
  39. 1999 -- Vegetarian Restaurant, Lelystad
  40. 1999 -- Kent (fair Image-Direct), Engeland
  41. 1999 -- Hotel (fair Image-Direct), Zandvoort
  42. 1999 -- Townhall ("Voorjaarssalon KVF"), Emmeloord
  43. 1999 -- Mercure Hotel ("Beeldende Kunst Lelystad 2000"), Lelystad
  44. 1999 -- Provinciehuis ("Turning Point"), Lelystad
  45. 1999 -- Holland Art Gallery ("Dance 2000"), Lelystad
  46. 2000 -- Beurs van Berlage (fair of Image-Direct), Amsterdam
  47. 2000 -- Museum, Nagele
  48. 2000 -- Vegetarian Restaurant, Lelystad
  49. 2000 -- Agora theater, foyer, Lelystad
  50. 2000 -- Beurs van Berlage ("Rietveld naar de beurs"), Amsterdam
  51. 2001 -- KunstAhoy, Rotterdam
  52. 2001 -- Noordwijk Painting Festival
  53. 2001 -- Exhibition for teachers of Lelystad Amateur Club - LAC
  54. 2001 -- "Origin" in Provinciehuis Flevoland, Lelystad
  55. 2001 -- "Impulse", Other Mark b.v., Almere
  56. 2001 -- Grupo Batik Art, Barcelona, Spain
  57. 2002 -- Voorjaarssalon, Urk
  58. 2002 -- KunstAhoy, Rotterdam
  59. 2002 -- Noordwijk Painting Festival, Noordwijk aan Zee
  60. 2002 -- Workshop painting for school teachers of the Chr.Hogeschool, Leeuwarden
  61. 2002 -- Zeewolderwijds, Zeewolde
  62. 2002 -- Painters night and exhibition in Gallery de Cirkel, Almere
  63. 2002 -- Art event, Bouwcentrum, Antwerpen
  64. 2002 -- Grupo Batik Art, Barcelona, Spain
  65. 2003 -- Exhibition 1 "Genetic Manipulation-free objects and paintings", Vlissingen
  66. 2003 -- KVF Voorjaarssalon 2003, Provinciehuis, Lelystad
  67. 2003 -- Art market, Kraggenburg, NoordOostpolder
  68. 2003 -- Noordwijk Painting festival, Noordwijk aan Zee
  69. 2003 -- Exhibition 2 "Genetic Manipulation-free objects and paintings", Rotterdam
  70. 2003 -- Exhibiton 3 "Genetic Manipulation-free objects and paintings", De Koog, Texel
  71. 2003 -- Exhibiton in Agora Theater, Lelystad
  72. 2003 -- Grupo Batik Art, Barcelona, Spain
  73. 2003 -- International Contemporary Art Fair Mac21, Marbella, Spain
  74. 2003 -- Work in stock, Gallery De Witte Kamer, Delden
  75. 2004 -- Voorjaarssalon KVF, Emmeloord
  76. 2004 -- Exhibition 4 "Genetic Manipulation-free objects and paintings", Gallery Loman, Ede
  77. 2004 -- Opening exhibition in Gallery Hang, Amsterdam
  78. 2004 -- Exhibition 5 "Genetic Manipulation-free objects and paintings", Provinciehuis, Assen
  79. 2004 -- Art Festival, Lelystad
  80. 2004 -- Sartre exhibition in Corrosia, Almere
  81. 2004 -- Work in stock, Gallery De Witte Kamer, Delden
  82. 2004 -- Shop exhibition, Lijstenatelier Hans, Driebergen-Rijsenburg
  83. 2005 -- Stichting Kunstraad Dronten, Agrarisch Bedrijven Centrum, Dronten
  84. 2005 -- (dé)-MASKERADE, Stadsgehoorzaal, Kampen
  85. 2005 -- "Geen Zee te Hoog", Lelystad
  86. 2005 -- Voorjaarssalon KVF, Museum Nagele, Nagele
  87. 2005 -- Portrait Queen Beatrix, Gallery Donkersloot, Amsterdam,
  88. 2005 -- Exhibition of my pupils, Trefcentrum, Lelystad
  89. 2005 -- Painting festival, Noordwijk
  90. 2005 -- Painting at the border, Zundert
  91. 2005 -- Art market: East meets west, Megastores, Den Haag
  92. 2005 -- Exhibition Flevoland Artists, De Meerpaal, Dronten
  93. 2005 -- Painting of artificial chickens project, Doemere, Almere
  94. 2006 -- Gallery ARTnivo, Almere
  95. 2006 -- Living space, Gallery 'A Touch of Art', Lelystad
  96. 2006 -- Voorjaarssalon, Omroep Flevoland, Lelystad
  97. 2006 -- Holy Cow, Gallery George C-ent, Amsterdam
  98. 2006 -- Art route, Almere
  99. 2006 -- Painting festival, Noordwijk aan Zee
  100. 2006 -- Atelierroute, Lelystad
  101. 2006 -- Monkey Stories, stadhuis van Almere en Bataviastad (Lelystad)
  102. 2006 -- Exhibition REM-BRANDT, Gallery 'A Touch of Art', Lelystad
  103. 2007 -- Voorjaarssalon (Kunstenaarsvereniging Flevoland) in Museum Nagele.
  104. 2007 -- Almere art route, Gallery Artnivo, Almere
  105. 2007 -- Art market, De Deel, Emmeloord
  106. 2007 -- Shop exhibition - Fournituren en Hobby Palace, Lelystad
  107. 2007 -- Exhibition 'On Sand', vegetarisch restaurant, Lelystad
  108. 2007 -- Exhibition in Intratuin, Palazzo, Lelystad
  109. 2007 -- Atelierroute, Lelystad
  110. 2007 -- Florence Biennale 2007, Florence, Italy
  111. 2007 -- Exhibition 60 years Johan Cruijff, Arena, Amsterdam
  112. 2008 -- Uit je platte dak, Museum Nagele
  113. 2008 -- Exhibition "IL SEGRETO DI EVA" in Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italy
  114. 2008 -- Exhibition in Het Kunstbedrijf, Heemstede
  115. 2008 -- Exhibition aan de Zilverparkkade, Lelystad
  116. 2008 -- Stripping artists in de Meerpaal, Dronten
  117. 2008 -- Exhibition Najaarssalon KVF, in de Kunstlinie, Almere
  118. 2008 -- Artifest, kunst, cultuur en muziekmarkt, Lelystad
  119. 2008 -- Open Atelierroute 2008, Lelystad
  120. 2008 -- Corrosia Kerst and Carry expo, Almere
  121. 2009 -- Voorjaarssalon KVF, Museum Nagele
  122. 2009 -- Exhibition "Florence Biennale Revisited", bunkervilla "La Defence", Den Haag.
  123. 2009 -- Represented by Gallery Artvisie on Kunst & Living 2009, AHOY, Rotterdam
  124. 2009 -- Kunstraad Dronten, Agrarisch Centrum, Dronten
  125. 2009 -- Corrosia exhibition, Provinciehuis Flevoland
  126. 2009 -- Gallery Artvisie, Amstelveen
  127. 2009 -- Exhibition in de "Coopvaert" door Gallery Kunst aan de Kade, Rotterdam
  128. 2009 -- Gallery Artvisie, Amsterdam
  129. 2010 -- Exhibition "Space for Art", Provinciehuis Flevoland, Lelystad
  130. 2010 -- Exhibition "The Other Self" in Kunstuitleen Flevoland - Lelystad
  131. 2010 -- Exhibition "Fifty-fifty", KVF versus Verkuno, Roden
  132. 2010 -- Participation in 11th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium, Changchun, China by creating a Monumental sculpture
  133. 2011 -- Exhibition "Pracht in de Gracht", Zaltbommel
  134. 2011 -- Zomersalon KVF, Emmeloord
  135. 2012 -- Wave of creation (in blue, of acrylic one), made for Nature Art Park 2012 (KVF)exhibition
  136. 2013 -- Made a big wall painting together with a colleague for a big food chain in Almere. See here for the wallpainting.
  137. 2013 -- Exhibition "Kunstroute" in the Townhall of Lelystad
  138. 2013 -- Exhibition "African Art" in Huis van Steen, Lelystad. See e.g. Silence in dynamism
  139. 2013 -- Exhibition of KVF in het Provinciehuis Flevoland, Lelystad.
  140. 2013 -- Exhibition 'Campus Art' in the Creative Campus - Mac3Park, Almere.
  141. 2013 -- Exhibition in Restaurant Bataviahaven, Lelystad
  142. 2013 -- Atelierroute Lelystad, exhibition in KUBUS.
  143. 2013 -- Exhibition "IN NATURA" door Kunst aan de kade 35, Delft. With my ceramics see "Beyond vulnerability."
  144. 2013 -- Exhibition in gallery Jill de Vries, Almere
  145. 2014 -- Exhibition "Booart" in NH City Centre Amsterdam
  146. 2014 -- Made portrait of famous Dutch singer Koos Alberts. See here.
  147. 2014 -- Exhibition "Double Portrait", Gooise Kunstkring in Restaurant LUNA, Hilversum. See the portrait I made of the chairwoman of the Art Circle in het Gooi.
  148. 2014 -- Exhibition "Dead End / Dood spoor" on the occasion of the 25 year jubilee of the Artist Union of Flevoland. See my painting Lava that I made for this occasion.
  149. 2014 -- Joined a sculptor competition and send a bronze statue "Upholding the world in joined effort" to China to participate. See here.
  150. 2014 -- Exhibition "What's the Point" in the centre of London, Great Brittain. I was participating with the painting called Lava.
  151. 2015 -- Exhibition in NH BooART Gallery Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout.
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