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 exhibitions
24 november - 22 december 2019
Solo exhibition Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Settings"
Opening zondag 24 november 15:00

Solo exhibitions
2017  Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Art Noord, melklokaal stand
2014  Stânfries X, Leeuwarden, “Walk of Art”

Group exhibitions
2019  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 & Awards
2019  Jury prize Art Noord, Museum Belvédère
2019  Talentontwikkeling Gemeente Leeuwarden, werkbijdrage
2014  Coba de Groot, bijdrage expositie "Walk of Art"

2018  Cultural capital of Europe 2018, Leeuwarden, "Fanzine Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017  Cultural capital of Europe 2017, Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”

2014  Walk of Art, Catalogue, ISBN 978 9491276248

2007-2011 ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten, Zwolle, the Netherlands

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