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About my work

When I look around, I see not the rule but the exception. Not the whole but the deviation. In groups of people I mainly see the outsiders. Everyone wants to belong, but many people are excluded, in many situations and for all kinds of reasons. Such exclusion can already be observed on a small scale in the schoolyard and extends to society at large as discrimination on the basis of color, gender, age. Misfits and underdogs always have my attention.

I paint, make images from papier-mâché and vintage textiles, embroider on old photos and often change techniques and materials to express my ideas. A recurring element in my work is a form of collage: I seek to combine things that don't belong together. This creates an image with an anomaly, and yields a surprising effect.

Preferably an image that you have never seen before, with a bit of luck also with some humor.

Anneliet van Beelen

0031 6 2274 4334


2004 - 2009         visual arts, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen

1996                    PhD thesis Multimodal Transport Law, Leiden

1981 - 1986         Dutch Law, University of Groningen

1977 - 1981         Dutch Language and Literature, University of Utrecht



2009 - now         visual artist

1998 - 2004        radio reporter, headhunter, raadsgriffier

1990 - 2000        lecturer of commercial law in Leiden and Rotterdam

1987 - 1990        lawyer in The Hague


Awards and nominations

Nominated for the jury art prize at the EEBA congress 2020 in Hannover, Germany

Selected for Zomerexpo 2017 Water

Winner masterclass course The Portrait of Drenthe April 2013

Shared 2nd prize De Verzameling Drenthe 2012

1st prize Wilhelm Fabry Museum, Germany, theme exhibition Dem Gehirn auf der Spur 2012

Public award Wilhelm Fabry Museum, Germany, theme exhibition Dem Gehirn auf der Spur 2012




7/9-7/12      Solo exhibition in Katwijks Museum


29/1-19/3     Galerie Pictura, Groningen, Wintersalon

2022      Kunstmesse Frauenmuseum Bonn (Germany)

2022      Kunstmaand Ameland

2022      Oldeberkoop, art route Open Stal, Uit de schaduw,

2022      Galerie 149, Bremerhaven (Germany), solo exhibition

2021      Museum Heerenveen, Heerenveen, Kunst in Opstand

2021      Galerie Hoogenbosch, Gorredijk, Waanzin with members of

2021      Galerie Forma Aktua, Groningen, Kunst in Opstand

2021      Galerie Noord, Groningen, IJl

2021      Museum MOW, Bellingwolde, Jarige navels

2020      Galerie Pictura, Groningen, Kunst uit de kop, with members VanTynaarLo

2020      Museum MOW, Bellingwolde, vitamine K

2019      Kunsthuis Venendal, Hoogeveen

2019      Kunst B&V Yde, Fremdkörper, with Diek Boerman and Hieke Veenstra

2019      Gallery Pictura, Groningen, Bevings

2019      Solo in Oosterpoort during Eurosonic/Noorderslag, assignment by CBK Groningen

2018      Nicolaïkerk Appingedam,

2017      Art for animals' sake, Amsterdam,       

2017      Berend Botje Retour, commissioned by BUOG, Tallinn (Estonia), in cooperation with Estonian artists

2017      Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, Water

2017      Museum MOW, Bellingwolde, Trillingen

2016      Gallery Mozaïek, Zuidlaren, with members of VanTynaarLo

2016      Kunstmoment Diepenheim,

2016      Milk factory Bunne, Nieuwe Natuur,

2016      Oldeberkoop, art route Open Stal, And now for something completely different,

2015      Gallery Peter ter Braak, Groningen, Buiten is het koud,

2015      Town hall of Tynaarlo, Vries, Mij een zorg!? members of VanTynaarLo with Lennard Dost

2015      Gallery Vanderveen, Assen, Nieuwe collectie! members of VanTynaarLo with Kie Ellens

2014      Open Studio Route VanTynaarLo in Zuidlaren

2014      Gallery Steenwijk, Steenwijk, Bekijk het maar

2014      Town hall of Tynaarlo, Vries, Stil(l)even (Still life), with members of VanTynaarLo

2014      Melkfabriek Bunne, The Portrait of Drenthe

2013      UMCG Groningen, Langstraat, solo exhibition 

2013      Werk in uitvoering (Under construction)#2, Anloo

2013      ICO Centre for art & culture Assen, with members of VanTynaarLo

2012      Gallery Noord, Groningen, Dubbelfocus (Double focus), duo exhibition with Kitty Boon

2012      Gallery Vanderveen Assen, De Verzameling Drenthe uitgelicht 

2012      CBK Emmen, De Verzameling Drenthe

2012      Wilhelm Fabry Museum, Hilden, Germany, Dem Gehirn auf der Spur,

2011      Gallery Steenwijk, Steenwijk, Zacht & Hard (Soft & Hard)   

2011      Burgh-Haamstede, art route Kunstschouw (Art show), Westerschouwen

2010      Koetshuis Havezathe Mensinge Roden, Verkuno, Techniek Toevallig Textiel 

2010      Town hall of Tynaarlo: installation Van luier tot lijkwade (From nappy to shroud)

2010      Oldeberkoop, art route Open Stal, Wat ’n portret (What a portrait)

2010      Gallery Vanderveen Assen, Nieuwe aanwas (New inflow), CBK Drenthe 

2010      Town hall of Tynaarlo, Kijken & zien (Watching & seeing), duo exhibition with Mariet Offermans 

2009      Museum Kunstpaviljoen Nieuw Roden, Discovered talent 2009

2009      former Nature Museum of Groningen, graduation show Minerva


Additional activities

Member of professional artists’ association VanTynaarLo

Member of professional artists’ association 6kmperuur10mdiep

Art education (drawing and painting lessons, all levels)

Member of the jury Zomerexpo 2017 Water


Works purchased by private persons and companies

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