Welcome to my website! My name is Frederique Bruijnen and I have been painting all my life, some periods more than others. As a child I dreamt about becoming an Artist, but I choose a more safe path and studied Economics in Haarlem first and then 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 little daughters (2 years old en 4 months old at that time). I started with painting classes 2 days a week which helped me a lot to adjust to a new life with lots of challenges (new country, new people, new language, a different culture and most of all: 2 babies) and to find my passion and purpose, but also making Argentine friends.
When I returned to The Netherlands I felt a strong need to pursuit with painting and art. So I applied for the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2017 and was submitted for the Orientation Year. This was a life time experience 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 this new world, doing what I like most: 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.
I am very much inspired by nature (spending lots of time in Jisp in a beautiful nature reserve), but also by the behavior of human beings. My art is very intuitive and abstract. I like to experiment with materials and use acrylic paint and mixed media, but recently I fell in love with oil paint. 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 and with the final result.
My artwork was supposed to be shown at different expositions this year but due to COVID-19 most of them have been cancelled unfortunately. As I have a beautiful and large studio (former bright classroom) in Aalsmeer in a former elementary school, you are very welcome to make an appointment to visit me there, with enough space to keep proper distance. Free parking in front of the building.
But maybe more convenient, it is also possible to make an appointment for a FaceTime call so I can show you my work through video and it will give you a good view of the different paintings. Just call or email me and we can discuss what suits you best.
You can see some of my work and work in progress on my instagram account, facebook page Atelier Bruijnen but also on Singulart and Saatchiart. I very recently opened a shop on Etsy.com, please have a look and let me know what you think!
I am looking forward to hearing from you and to see you online or offline!
In the meantime – please stay healthy and enjoy my art!