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Astrid was born in the Netherlands in 1972. In 1991 she graduated from the Utrecht School of Art with a degree in painting.
Inspired by Edinburgh and the Scottish coastline, Astrid moved to Scotland in 2003 where she successfully completed a post graduate course at the Leith School of Art. In 2010 she has moved to the city of Amersfoort in the Netherlands and later to Hertfordshire and has now moved back to Scotland, where she continues to work from her studio at Coburg House Art Studios in Leith.
Astrid always had deep interest in architecture, shapes and contours of the cityscape and harbours. Later she also turned her attention to Still Life.
She chooses everyday objects attracted by their simple shapes or textures, or objects that have a reference to the seaside. These things bring back memories of her childhood, family history and travels, or have had a history that reflects this. Although she surrounds herself with these objects, she paints them from what is in her head.
By working with collage, pigments and gesso, she is able to work back into layers of paint, which create fascinating textures that reflect these interests.
1972 Born, The Netherlands
1990 – 1991 History of Art & French, Université de Droit, Aix en Provence, France
1991 – 1997 BA Painting, Utrecht School of Art
1995 – 1996 Painting and Jewellery Design, East Carolina University, USA
2004 – 2005 1 Year Full Time Painting Course, Leith School of Art
Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Richard Hagen Gallery (feature) The Cotswolds, England
Open Eye Gallery (solo) Edinburgh,
Artacasa Gallery (solo) Amsterdam,
Affordable Art Fair London
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
Flat Cat Gallery Lauder
Number 4 Gallery St Abbs
Gallery De Vis Harlingen, the Netherlands
Scottish Gallery Edinburgh
Gallery Belled Driebergen, the Netherlands
Henderson Gallery (solo) Edinburgh
Leith Gallery Edinburgh
Dutch Consulate Edinburgh
Air Gallery London
Saltbox Gallery York
Frames Gallery Perth