Welcome to my world
My name is Ilse Versluijs and I am a visual artist.
On this site I love to show you some of my work.
I have studied art at the Hogeschool der Kunsten Utrecht and the Koninklijke Academie Den Haag. I am working as an independent visual artist since 1993.
Our perception of the world is very individualistic. What one perceives as ‘reality’ is a personal observation. Reality is subjective and dynamic. Through my work I try to get a hold on bits and pieces of life, to show and, maybe, to understand. Duality, contrasts, layers: these are topics that keep coming back. I embrace many materials and techniques. Usually the work & subject itself ‘asks’ for a certain way of expressing.
My main specialities are: the linocut, drawing and working with textiles.
The direct way of working with the physical labour that is involved with the linocut and the necessity to use clear, strong images because of the stark contrast of the technique, really appeal to me. A lot of the time I have not printed but used the cut plates themselves.
With the textiles I am working 3- and 2-dimensional. Examples of my 3-dimensional textile works are the ‘blanket statues’. 2-Dimensionally I have worked a lot with silkscreen prints on fabrics: works that vary from about a square metre to room-sized installations.
I like drawing and silkscreen printing for the same reasons as I like the linocuts: what you do is what you see and what you get. Direct, ‘simple’ and confrontational.
Besides my artwork I also make jewellery, clothes/costumes, murals and other custom made things, free-style or in assignment.
Artwork can also be made in assignment.
Because my perception of the world we live in is coloured by my personal experiences, the starting points for my work are usually of a personal nature/interest. As a nice side-effect, the intimacy of this works as a stimulant for the observer to be able to relate to the work: after all, as an artist I strife to communicate through my work. To me, a good work of art grabs you at first sight, then travels via the brain and the gut to settle in the heart. (sight, thought, feeling: friend)
The works vary from drawings to room-sized installations. There are 2- and 3-dimensional works. A lot of the work is in series (and sometimes in limited editions) and I like to present my work in (site specific) installations, although the works in these installations are individually unique and ‘independent’.
All my works deal with the perception of reality.
What is reality? What is life as I perceive it? Where is my place in it and where are the others? Do we (humans) create our own reality?, or is it there and is it for us to discover (or make) the best version of it?
Welcome to my world!
name: Ilse Versluijs
works & lives in Den Haag
- Hogeschool der Kunsten, Utrecht; 1986-1991
- Koninklijke Akademie, Den Haag; Bachelor in 1993
Artist since 1993
exhibitions (solo- and group-) and assignments
In 2013 an artist-in-residency in Sydney, Australie at SOPA
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Jan.1995-March. 1999: Chairman of artist coorperation Stand
- (1994-1999 secretary of Stand)
- 12 Juli t/m 8 Sept.: 2002 personal assistent of Michael Lin at the Atrium city hall, Den Haag 2002 and in Aug./Sept. 2002 at the Liverpool Biennial International 2002
- assisting several other artists in realising and exhibiting their work
- assisting and running workshops and art classes for children and grown ups (for Stroom, Heden, Koorenhuis/KOO, de Grafische Werkplaats)
- making a comic book/grafic novel
- designing and executing murals
- designing, organising and building exhibitions
- designing and making costumes
- designing and making jewellery
- April-July 2014, art teacher (all groups) at the basisschool Jan Ligthart, Den Haag
- working as a yoga teacher, Christmas decorater, giving workshops, making murals and several other jobs
- two times Basisstipendium (last one in 2000)
- several times a P-subsidie, a Bijzondere Opdrachten and a PRO Kunstproject sub.,Stroom.
- Sponsoring of Forbo Krommenie for several linocutting project.
- Subsidie st. Niemeijerfonds for ‘Den Haag binnenstebuiten’. (that project also had a loan of the Materiaalfonds)
- discount on working at the TextileLab: subsidising for Cityscae Tapestries 2017 + 2019
- Subsidie St. Stokroos for Cityscape Tapestries 2019
29 nov.'18 – febr.’19: Deelname aan afficheproject ‘De creatieve stad’, Grafische Werkplaats en Gemeente Archief DH november: deelname aan ‘Matrial matters’, galerie Zone. Leiden 6 + 7 september: Deelname Open Ateliers Den Haag vanaf september: verkoop Cityscape plaid&pillow sets in galerie Zone, Leiden
Cityscape Tapestries project bij TextielLab, Tilburg 19 t/m 21 mei: Deelname met Cityscape wandkleden aan Festival Designkwartier ’17 in Den Haag op uitnodiging van de Gr.Werkplaats. 1 dec. 2017-15 jan.2018: Deelname aan ‘Ik ben Sot’tentoonstelling bij de Grafische Werkplaats, Den Haag
Participation ‘Haagse portretten’, div. locations with ‘My inner Kali”.
Surrection of SteilS with S.A.M. Scholte.
May 7-15:Participation ‘Etalage 2’, Passage Den Haag, with 2 quilts
Febr. 1:Participation ‘Etalage 1’, V & D, Den Haag
Participation’ Analog textiel festival’, Grafische Werkplaats, Den Haag
Juni 19-Juli 13:participation “haags talent’, Villa Maarheeze, Wassenaar
May 31 – June 2 :Participation ’10 FEET OR MORE’, Grafische Werkplaats , Den Haag, with ‘Hoogtij’.
Oct. 27-Dec. 1: Participation ‘Graphos 2’, Kunsthal Boschveld, Den Bosch with ‘Cityscape (risen from the sea)’
June 2-25:‘Party people’, solo exhibition at Galerie Haags, Den Haag
July 7-Oct. 8:Artist-in-residence at SOPA, Sydney, Australia
Nov.3 .-Dec. 9 . 2012:Participation (with installation Freaks – a stroll in the park, miss. Sophia Schultz & Major Mite) ‘Graphics and beyond’ of the Grafische Werkplaats at De Pieter, Leiden.
Oct.27 – Nov.13 2012:Participation affiche-action and exhibition ’ ‘Wij print at the grafische werkplaats(2)’, of the Grafische werkplaats at Pulchri, Den Haag.
Sept.6.- Oct.19 2012:Participation with ‘In the woods’ installation ’ Boundless of AGA in CBK Amsterdam
June 7 - July 1 2012:Participation ‘Alles grafiek’ of CBKU in Utrecht.
May 30 – June 3 2012: Participation KunstRAI at the stall of gallerie Wilma!
Sept.22 2011 – Febr. 27. 2012:Participation Ondertussen presentation of IDI @ Arnhem, Scratch Battle in Stroom hcbk, Den Haag
May 21 mei - June 11 2011:Solo-exhibition witht performance ‘In the woods’, gallery Ververs at Amsterdam
Jan-Febr.2011: Participation iDi @ Arnhem, scratch battle, Willemsplein 3, Arnhem
Nov. 20 – Dec.31 2010:Participation ‘Raaklijnen’, galerie Frank Taal , in Rotterdam
Sept.10 - Oct.29 2010:Participatuion Analogfest, Groot Grafisch Project in the Grafische Werkplaats , Den Haag. Made a huge silk screen print on fabric with Stefanie Scholte and Ingrid Mol.
Febr.5 – April 30 2010:Participation ‘Welten schaffen’, in Galerie Schwenk, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany, with teddy bear sculptures
Jan. 2 - 19 2010: Participatiating in 'proofDruk', organised by the 'Grafische werkplaats' in 'de Haagse Kunstkring, Den Haag
Oct. 30 – Nov.1 2009:Participation with teddy bear sculptures in C.A.R.(kunstbeurs), for Galerie Ververs in Zolverein, Essen, Germany
April 2009:Participation ‘Printing outside the frame’ in Pictura, Dortrecht with the linocut installation ‘Interior landscape’
Oct 12 2008:Participation ‘Independent drawing gig nr.4’, Prinsegracht 234, Den Haag with drawings
Aug. 6 - 10 .2008:Participation theatre spectacle ‘Terra extremitas: the end of the earth’, NDSM-werf, Amsterdam with the installation ‘The Nursery’
2008:Sketching assignment for an artpiece for the Raadszaal at Capelle aan den IJssel
June 21 - July 13 2008:‘Ik ben mooi’, exhibition Esli Jewellery together with Ineke Bergema at galerie Herengracht 108, Amsterdam
May 10 – June 27 2008:‘terugblik in kindetijd’, solo exhibition at
galerie Ververs, Hazenstraat, Amsterdam
Jan.12 – Febr.24 2008:‘Ondertussen’, Interior landscape at Stroom hcbk Den Haag
Dec.1 ’07 – Jan.19 ’08:Participation exhibition ‘Present’, galerie Ververs, Hazenstraat, Amsterdam
Nov. 25 – Dec. 20 2008:Presentation ‘Esli jewellery’ at galerie Artcube, Josef Israelslaan, Den Haag (exhibition followed by a window display)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 8 2006:Release and presentation of de comic book ‘De villa’. WithStefanie Scholte, Erik-Jan Lightvoet, Ingrid Mol, Quinten Smith. Quartair, Toussaintkade, Den Haag
Sept. 21-24 2006:Participation exhibition ‘Lek Art’, Culemborg, with ‘Herinnerings-tekeningen’.
Nov.18 – Dec.16 2005:Solo exhibition ‘Vrienden’ in GAU, Utrecht
May10 - 27 2005:exhibition (and first price) GAU-grafiekprijs,
Grafisch Atelier Utrecht
Sale linocut: ‘Norman’s beach, the Bay.’
Sept. 12 2004:Chatelier
Sept. 4 2004:Hostess for Hurka meeting
Aug. 2004:Participation contest and exhibition Oswestry Heritage & Exhibition Centre
Oct. 25 and 26 2003:open studio Westeinde 46a
July 1-26 2003:Solo exhibition ‘Circle of friends’, Heritage & Exhibition Centre, Oswestry
June 2003:commission portrait linocut for fam.Wiebing/Pennings
Dec. 8-30 2002:Participation exhibition ‘De stand van zaken’, Toussaintkade, Den Haag
May 26 – June 3 2002:Show window display of ‘De Jas’ in Hot Red Lokaal, Den Haag
March 31 – June 9 2002:Participation exhibiton ‘Hofvijver in poëzie en beeld’ , Den Haag
Febr. 19 – March 10 2001:Solo exhibition ‘The Hague inside out, portrait of a town in linocuts’ , Atrium The Hague Cityhall.
Dec. 31.2000:Lecture with fashion show about D.I.Y.mode with S.A.M.Scholte in Bovenkamer at Schlemmer, Den Haag
Several exhibitions and projects not listed here