Featured Artist Yvonne Welman

Artist Yvonne Welman paints complex and intriguing images that embody her personal reaction to social issues. Learn more about this artist and her work by visiting her website.

 

“Cliché 1 – Film Set Blue Lady” Acrylic on Canvas, 50cm x 70cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cliché 1 – Film Set Blue Lady” Acrylic on Canvas, 50cm x 70cm

 

I live and work in the Netherlands in a rural town known for its silversmith artists.

 

“Cliché 2 – Ceci n’est pas une Femme” Acrylic on Canvas, 67cm x 101cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cliché 2 – Ceci n’est pas une Femme” Acrylic on Canvas, 67cm x 101cm

 

I loved my training at the academy of arts, although it was hard work and there were seldom compliments. That was a normal tradition in those days. You would supposedly to be better prepared for the real world if you were not pampered at all in your study. I got my masters in art and art history and started my teaching career while raising my kids. I worked for decades as a teacher in arts and art history.

 

“My Parent’s Daughter & Hyper Cube” Acrylic on Canvas, 95cm x 130cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“My Parent’s Daughter & Hyper Cube” Acrylic on Canvas, 95cm x 130cm

 

Due to a personal change, making art became an important part of my life again.

 

“Since Leucippos People are Damaged Everywhere by the Lust of Power” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 150cm x 150cmby artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Since Leucippos People are Damaged Everywhere by the Lust of Power” Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 150cm x 150cm

 

Because I wanted to hone my skills as a painter, I took lessons in 16th and 17th century oil painting techniques. My work is a personal reaction to social issues. I want to tell visual stories from a feminist point of view. My work reflects the way I, as a woman, look at social issues and gender differences.

 

“Comment on Klimt – Christine Lagarde, Yung Chang, Lita Cabellut, Maryam Mirzakhani, Y.J.A. Welman, Khandro Rimpoche, Alice Coltrane” Acrylic and Fabric on Canvas, 150cm x 147.5cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Comment on Klimt – Christine Lagarde, Yung Chang, Lita Cabellut, Maryam Mirzakhani, Y.J.A. Welman, Khandro Rimpoche, Alice Coltrane” Acrylic and Fabric on Canvas, 150cm x 147.5cm

 

For me, a person is a being with body and soul, brain and heart. I want the viewer to bring their own thoughts and emotions to my work—I want to let the viewer pose the “why” question. As a painter and a teacher, I want people to understand we need a world with high moral standards and to show compassion! Learn from history. I am often indignant about what is happening in society.

 

“Ideal Beauty” Acrylic on Board, 190cm x 85cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Ideal Beauty” Acrylic on Board, 190cm x 85cm

 

In my large theme paintings there are different narratives to look at, for instance, stories from art history, social issues, painting techniques and my own personal life. Because of that, the meanings behind my paintings are difficult and hard to understand. For this reason, I want them also to be attractive to look at in order to keep the attention of the viewer as long as possible.

 

Artwork in progress: “Three Graces” by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artwork in progress: “Three Graces”

 

Most of the time I know exactly what I want to paint, but I keep my mind open to other possibilities and to make changes, as well as using the coincidences that occur during the process. It keeps my mind busy so I don’t get bored while I am painting.

 

“Three Graces” Acrylic on Canvas, 120cm x 80” by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Three Graces” Acrylic on Canvas, 120cm x 80”

 

Lately, I have begun my paintings with a digital design. After that I paint with open acrylic, in combination with other materials such as fineliner and fabrics that I often gather from  my personal collection.

 

“Selfies Medium Golden” Acrylic on Canvas, Size 60cm x 60cm by artist Yvonne Wellman. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Selfies Medium Golden” Acrylic on Canvas, Size 60cm x 60cm

 

I love beauty. When I am stuck on a painting and can’t decide what to do with it, I draw flowers just for the fun of it. I use colored pencil, pastel and pierre noir on paper. The velvety quality of pastel and pierre noire are for me as near as possible to beauty of nature. I see beauty as essential to art because our mind needs beauty to stay alive and vibrant.

 

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