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Liesbeth Heikens

How much can I express, with how little?

In a nutshell, that's what I look for in my work.

I like to dwell in the transitions between colors.

My subjects come from everyday life, and I try to turn the ordinary into something surprising.

In search of tension between business and silence, I begin a painting by putting much on the canvas, then slowly reducing it down to the essence I wish to convey. It turns out that this process is not reversible.

If I had to compare my paintings with a different form of expression, I think of a poem. A poem touches me with words, a deeper layer of being. I try that with my paintings, with varying success.

I'm happy when I'm surprised by the outcome of a painting, when simplicity, silence and humor alternate.


I studied Art and Textiles in Delft, followed by a secondary/tertiary teaching degree in Drawing. I then was lucky enough to spend 2 years painting and studying Monumental Art at the prestigious Royal Academy in Amsterdam.

I briefly taught art in high school before moving to San Francisco, CA, where I ended up staying for 23 years. There, I worked eight years as a textile designer, collaborating with weavers in Europe and Asia. But painting remained an important means of expression, and I continued with commissions and exhibitions.

My painting style changed over the years, from exuberant-expressive to a quieter and more subdued style, but with a recognizable composition and strong colors.

Solo exhibitions

2020   Cornelis, Utrecht, paintings
2018   Descartes Centrum, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, paintings of birds
2018   OBA Ijburg, Amsterdam, paintings of animals
2017   Alrijne Hospital, Leiderdorp, paintings
2017   Maliebaan 45, Utrecht, paintings
2017   Cornelis, Utrecht, paintings
2016   Kasteel Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, new work
2016   Hospice, Leiden, paintings
2015   Stads-Koffyhuis, Delft, paintings
2015   Rijnland Ziekenhuis, Leiden, paintings
2015   Oegstgeest Library, paintings
2014   Schmuckdesign, Bern, Switzerland, paintings
2014   Department of Public Health, Leiden, paintings
2013   Coffee Company, Utrecht, paintings
2012   Kargadoor, Utrecht, paintings
2012   Kasteel Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, paintings
2011   Willibrords Erf, Oegstgeest, paintings
2010   San Francisco Waldorf School, San Francisco, small paintings
2010   Reeuwijk Town Hall, paintings
2006   Dok Kunst, Delft, paintings
2004   Oola Restaurant, San Francisco, CA, paintings
1996   Architects and Heroes, San Francisco, CA, new work
1994   Galerie De Boog, IJsselstein, new work
1992   KunstGalerij, Delft, paintings and monoprints
1991   Architects and Heroes San Francisco, CA, paintings
1990   ArtCenter, San Luis Obispo, CA, paintings
1989   Galerie De Boog, IJsselstein, new work
1987   Provincial Seat, the Hague, paintings
1986   Kunstuitleen, Delft, paintings

Group exhibitions

2019   CafĂ© Spirit, Amsteram, paintings
2017   Gallerie Tuur, Venlo: Project 40 x 40: secret
2016   Galerie de Pomp, Warmond, paintings
2014   Duinzigt, Oegstgeest, paintings
2011   Osger Monumentendag, former Police Building, Oegstgeest, paintings
2010   Kunstgebeuren, Ede, paintings
2010   Olifant in Boa, Ede, a painting inspired by "Le Petit Prince"
1996   Insight/Onsight, AIA Gallery, San Francisco, CA , paintings
1993   Triennial Osaka, Japan, International Contemporary Art Competition
           and Exhibit
1993   ARU Gallery, San Francisco, CA, monoprints
1991   San Francisco Woman Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, co-winner of
           1991 Emerging Artists Competition
1991   Juniper Gallery, Napa, CA, The Human Figure
1991   Soco Gallery, Napa, CA, paintings
1990   University of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, Women in the Arts
1990   Triennial Osaka, Japan, International Contemporary Art Competition and
1989   Galerie De Waag, Leiden , inspirations and sketches
1988   Vrouwen in de kunst, Delft, paintings
1987   ARTernatives, San Luis Obispo, CA, Recent work
1986   Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada , Mail Art
1984   Gallery Amazon, Amsterdam , Mail Art
1983   Provincial Seat, The Hague, paintings


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco
Rental galleries in various cities in the Netherlands
OW Consultants, Oosterhout
Private collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Sweden,
England and the United States

Notable Commissions

Private couple, wedding gift, personal theme
Private family, present to children, painting of dear cat

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Rabo Bank, Rotterdam
Oranjewoud, Santpoort
Private House, Carmel, CA, USA


1981 - 1983   Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, monumental painting
1981 - 1983   Japanese Cultural Center, Amsterdam: traditional Sumi-e techniques
1980 - 1981   Amsterdam Academy of Fine Arts: First degree teacher training in
                      Art and Art History
1975 - 1980   Art and textiles teacher training, ZWN


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