Aafke Ytsma (1988) is a Dutch artist situated in Leeuwarden (NL) working both at home and abroad. She frequently combines travel with art, as with the project Walk of Art (2014). A solo hike of five month from the north of the Netherlands to Nice. She captured the landscape along the way in 78 watercolours.
Ytsma creates paintings and woodcuts which hold the middle between snapshots and film stills of daily life. Images separated from their storyline. There is the hint of a history but the plot is hidden or rather the opposite, open. Characters take a drive in their car, work in their garden, talk on the phone or drink a beer while camping out. The everyday world merges with imagination and influences from films, photography, comics and the history of painting.
Often she works in series, shedding a light on the same subject from different perspectives. Gradually constructing a world populated by characters that quietly hang about or walk around. Her interest lies in creating images which evoke a mood of reminisce and which could be part of a contemporary myth.
Current exhibitions24 november - 22 december 2019
Solo exhibition Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Settings"
Opening zondag 24 november 15:00
Solo exhibitions2017 Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Art Noord, melklokaal stand
2014 Stânfries X, Leeuwarden, “Walk of Art”
Group exhibitions2019 Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, "Art Noord", melklokaal stand
2019 Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Presentatie jong talent
2019 Melklokaal, Heerenveen, Group exhibition "Lust(rum), 5 jaar melklokaal!"
2018 Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, "Art Noord" melklokaal stand
2018 Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Friese milkshake"
2018 Kunstruimte H47, Leeuwarden, "Fanzine Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017 Municipal gallery Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”
2017 Melklokaal, Heerenveen “A portrait show”
2017 Museum Arnhem, Arnhem “In de geest van Pierre Janssen…"
2016 Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag “The sitters”
2015 De Fabriek, Ried "Volledig 2.0"
2011 Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg, Zwolle
2011 Extrapool, Nijmegen, “Destillaat”
Grants & Awards2019 Jury prize Art Noord, Museum Belvédère
2019 Talentontwikkeling Gemeente Leeuwarden, werkbijdrage
2014 Coba de Groot, bijdrage expositie "Walk of Art"
Residencies2018 Cultural capital of Europe 2018, Leeuwarden, "Fanzine Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017 Cultural capital of Europe 2017, Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”
Publications2014 Walk of Art, Catalogue, ISBN 978 9491276248
Education2007-2011 ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten, Zwolle, the Netherlands
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