Drawing, Mixed Media

Nieukerk, Annette

About the artist
Annette obtained a BFA in Printmaking and a BEd in Art Education from the University of Lethbridge, as well as an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. She taught Art, English and Theatre Design for many years at both the high school and university level. She is retired from teaching but actively involved in both visual art and theatre design with her main artistic focus concentrated on mixed media drawings and paintings utilizing the human form as imagery. In her figurative work Annette is primarily interested in the narratives which are at the heart of human existence. What are our stories? What is factual and what has been eroded by memory? What is hidden? What are our secrets? Her work speaks to the intricacies and layering of those narratives and how what is known or exposed to view and what is hidden from view are both reflected in the physicality of our bodies. Utilizing very contrasting media - drawing ink, graphite, and enamel or oil paint on translucent mylar - she works at exposing the inner narrative of each human figure. In her latest series - In Praise of Older women - Annette also seeks to portray the inner resilience and strength that many women have as they age. As the human body clearly begins to show the passage of time, the inner light of the human spirit appears to strength. The figures not only become their stories. They transcend them.

"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heART ... live in the question." Rainer Maria Rilke

Map Code: C1
1282 Franklin St
Vancouver , BC