Solo expositie Galerie de Graanschuur
23 januari 2020 - 17:00

Molenplein 11, Wassenaar
Solo expositie Curaçaohuis
12 oktober 2020

Prinsegracht 63 - 65, den Haag

About - biography

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.




My Resume

shortlist of commisions, exhibitions and projects


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


Commisions a.o.

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



the studio

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.









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