A recurrent theme in my work is recycling, reuse of textile from the charity shop: sculptures made out of old blankets, paintings on curtain material from the 1970s, flippers made out of an old coat of seal fur. Used textile is often still beautiful and very much a product of its time: the design of an old towel can remind me of the smell of chlorine from my swimming days.

Another recurrent theme are the human shortcomings. We poor wretches do our utmost, but we fail again and again. Often, I can laugh about this: to me, humour is a good remedy. This humour can be found in my work, especially in my drawings. I love contrasts, oppositions and therefore I like to combine things that do not belong together; there often is a collage-like element in my work.



Anneliet van Beelen  


studio: Stationsweg 163,9471 GP Zuidlaren

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





everything else cancelled

EEBA 2020 Hannover, Germany www.eeba2020.eu

2019     Gallery Leidse Lente, Leiden, Human

2019     TextielPlusFestival, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch

2019      Kunsthuis Venendal, Hoogeveen www.huizevenendal.nl

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

2019      Galerie Pictura, Groningen, Bevings

2019      Kunstkapel Amsterdam, Rondje Noord

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

2018      Kunstschouw 2018, Oud Brabers, Burgh-Haamstede (Zeeland) www. kunstschouw.nl

2018      Nicolaïkerk Appingedam, www.feestvandegeest.nl

2017      Art for animals' sake, Amsterdam, www.art-for-animals-sake.com       

2017      Berend Botje Retour, commisioned by BUOG, Tallinn (Estonia), in cooperation with the Estonian artists                      Nils Hint, Fred Truus and Reet Reidak

2017      KunstenLandschap, Lonneker

2017      Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, Water

2017      Museum De Oude Wolden, Bellingwolde, Trillingen

2016      Gallery Mozaïek, Zuidlaren, with members of VanTynaarLo

2016      Kunstmoment Diepenheim, www.kunstmomentdiepenheim.nl

2016      Milk factory Bunne, Nieuwe Natuur, www.kunstenaarsvantynaarlo.com

2016      Oldeberkoop, art route Open Stal, And now for something completely different, www.openstal.nl

2015      Gallery Peter ter Braak, Groningen, Buiten is het koud, www.peterterbraak.nl

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)

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      Vanderveen Gallery Assen, De Verzameling Drenthe uitgelicht 

2012      CBK Emmen, De Verzameling Drenthe

2012      Wilhelm Fabry Museum, Hilden, Germany, Dem Gehirn auf der Spur, www.wilhelm-fabry-museum.de

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      Vanderveen Gallery 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

Committee member of de Festivalfabriek Foundation

Art education (drawing and painting lessons, all levels)

Member of the jury Zomerexpo 2017 Water


Works purchased by private persons and companies