23 januari 2020 - 17:00
Molenplein 11, Wassenaar
12 oktober 2020
Prinsegracht 63 - 65, den Haag
Helene van ’t Hoen (Rotterdam)
I’m a multidisciplinary artist, designer and art historian.
I grew up in Rotterdam. As a little girl my favourite place to play was a salvage yard in the harbour. The smell of metal and diesel, the murky water of the harbour and the tall cranes in the backdrop formed the ideal terrain for adventurous wandering.
On the other hand nature played an important role in my youth. There were always animals around in the house, be it pets or wild animals in need of help.
On my way home from school I would regularly visit Boymans Museum. That’s where I was introduced to modern art. From the work of Woody van Amen with its crushed cars and plastic dolls, to Memphis with its ostentatiously coloured designs and to Henry Cooper’s ceramic art. I started with ceramics. To me, reading Cooper’s glaze resipes was like reading a good cookbook. Meanwhile my constant curiosity for materials took me to diversity and experiments. This is illustrated in my work where I refuse to conform to one particular theme or style or material because there simply is to much adventure in experience and life.
After college in Rotterdam, I went to the art academy in Breda and moved on to the university of Leiden to study art history. In the ninetees I made my way to Madrid, Spain, where I lived for many years. After this I came back to live in The Hague.
2020 Wallki, Galerie de Graanschuur, Wassenaar. solo exposition
2019 Magisch Oord, Gallery Landhuis Bloemhof, Willemstad, Curaçao
2011 Gallery De Blauwe Leuning, The Hague
2010 De Wassenaarse Salon, Council House De Paauw, Wassenaar
2010 iinfiiniit, 6 artists, Pop Up Gallery, The Hague
2010 Museum van Kleef, The Hague. solo exposition
2009 KunstKerst, art installation in a shop window, Leidschendam Centre
2009 Art The Hague art fair, design exposition, The Hague
2003 Gallerye De Blauwe Leuning, The Hague
2002 Spanish House at the Floriade, Vijfhuizen
2000 Gallery van Ingenhoven, Tilburg
1998 Gallery Dec’art, Monaco Solo-exposition
1996 Courthouse, Rotterdam Solo-exposition
1995 Smith Barney Bank, WTC, Amsterdam Solo-exposition
1994 Gallery Avalon, Madrid Solo-exposition
2013 The wall of the parking garage at the municipality Leidschendam-Voorburg
2013 Object on the occasion of the farewell to the President of MKB Leidschendam-Voorburg
2012 Graphic designs, Grüne Woche foor fair Franfurt, for Fruit-Recruit, Madrid
2012 Awards, Intersearch international, Rotterdam
2011 Design felt walls company restaurant Pharmaline, Oldenzaal
2011 Object moot award, International Criminal Court, The Hague
2011 Cup best innovative entrepreneur, MKB Leidschendam-Voorburg
2010 Design color scheme interior Pharmaline, Oldenzaal
2010 design for the gateway to the Vlietpop festival, Leidschendam
2010 design bid book, VZG, Delft
2009 design colorscheme for the interior as a whole for Pharmaline, Oldenzaal
2009 Sweet 123, series of twenty paintings on occasion of a private birthday party
2008 Painting for the new dialysis centre at the hospital Antoniushove, Leidschendam
2005 Design for a an edition for the policy vision of the ministeries Ontwerp voor het boekje van de ministeries of VROM en VWS, ‘Wonen, zorg en welzijn op het spoor’. (living, care and welfare on track) as wel as an artwork on occasion of the first presentation to the public.
2003 My home is my castle, serie of three paintings a private commission
2001 Design Christmas cards, Aambeeld BV, Rotterdam
1998 Wall paintings, elementary school Essesteyn, Voorburg
1996 Bibliophile edition, promotional gift, Winkelman Beheer BV, Rotterdam
In my work I try to define the balance between nature and the malleable world, or call it the competition between fate and a tight orquestrated life. The solution of the problem often is the goal in our society, therefore we try very hard to understand everything that’s happening and we try to influence it. But it is a lot to take in, a lot to handle. Tendency nowadays is a feeling of no control, there is no clear vision of the future, where are we going to. Although we think we know what should be done, but how to do it.
The relation between people and nature is a recurring theme. I like to swap these worlds as we often tend to do in everyday life.
As a contrast to a sense of disorder you can find very strict designs in my work. Always looking for the perfect line and the perfect curve. I like to create a mapping of my own world. It is the balancing act in my head.
I work and expose in the Netherlands as well as abroad. My work consists of paintings, sculptures and designs and is commissioned by corporations, governmental organisations and private clients.