Welcome to my website! My name is Frederique Bruijnen and I have been painting all my life. As a child I dreamt about becoming an Artist, but I choose a more safe path and studied Economics in Haarlem first and Sociology in Amsterdam. Eventually I worked as a self-employed Recruitment Consultant and Job Coach in the corporate business for more than 10 years.
In 2012 I moved to Buenos Aires with my husband and two daughters (a toddler and a baby). Painting classes were my life saver from the daily challenges in a new country.
When we returned to The Netherlands I joined The Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, which was such a great adventure and my dream to become an artist, came closer. In 2018 I joined the Kunst10daagse in Bergen with my first exposition ever.
At the beginning of 2019 I decided to live my dream and become a full time artist. Since then, I haven’t regret this decision for a single moment and I am enjoying what I most like doing: creating, learning new techniques, and the most scaring but also great part: sharing my work with other people. This might be what they call Ikigai. My daughters are my biggest fans and love to spend time in my studio to paint and play. I hope to be an example for them and that they will follow their heart too.
My art is intuitive and abstract and I feel very much related to the Abstract Expressionism movement where expressing emotions is key and letting the unconscious part of the mind express itself. I like to experiment with materials and use acrylic paint and mixed media materials. My paintings exist from many layers which give a lot of structure and slowly on tell a story. I never have a plan upfront and love to be surprised during the process.
Proud on my cooperation with Nixx Vintage Art & Design in the Cornelisschuytstraat in Amsterdam and with Art Gallery Salon West in Amsterdam. I am also working with online galeries like Modern Dutch Art and Singulart, You can visit my exhibitions, but it is also possible to visit my studio in Aalsmeer.
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Enjoy Art as it makes life better!