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Nature in Sonja's work

For plein-air artist Sonja Brussen, nature is the greatest source of inspiration. She sets out to capture the moment, the speed of light, the change of clouds. It is an ongoing hunt and a daily quest to capture light, air and space. Nature has fascinated her from a young age, and she captures it with a minimum of human influences.

Her powerful works, which connect Impressionism and Expressionism, are painted alla prima (wet-on-wet) by Sonja Brussen. Her technique and use of colour are strong and very personal. In the field, she is influenced by what is going on in nature: sun, cold, wind, rain. All these influences contribute to the creation and the atmosphere of her work. For her, that includes the sound of nature: the birds, the wind, a splash in the water and the rustle in the bushes. That feeling of nature is so intense that, when you look at her work, you immediately experience being in the middle of that piece of nature. You therefore not only look at an image of nature, but you are, as it were, part of it.

 

Trained by passionate teachers and graduated with the upgrade at ArteZ (University of the Arts), she is constantly innovating. She has been working as a professional visual artist in Lochem since 1998. She has been a member of the Dutch Association of Sea Painters since 2016. 

Harry J. Kraaij, art historian

Her paintings have been purchased and included in collections by collectors/companies in: the Netherlands, Germany, France, Thailand, Ireland, England, USA, Singapore, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Sweden.

Awards

  • Rembrandt Painting Award 2016.
  • Art in the Open Contest Ierland 2013.
  • Nominee Painting Award in 2015.
  • Artist-in-residence, Noordwijk 2019.
  • Artist-in-residence, Urk 2018.
  • Artist-in-residence, Lamu 2017.​​​​​​

Galleries

  • Galerie Posthuys, Texel.
  • Galerie Année, Haarlem.
  • Galerie Pfundt, Berlijn.
  • Morren Galleries, Utrecht.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam.
  • Kunst of Art Zutphen/Galerie 1880.
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo.

Museums

  • Museum Staal, Almen, Solo 2020.
  • Watermuseum, Arnhem, 2020.
  • Museum Muzee, Scheveningen, 2019.
  • Museum De Casteelse Poort 2018.
  • Museum Møhlmann  2016  t/m 2020.
  • Stadsmuseum Doetinchem.
  • Het Fries Scheepvaart museum, 2016.
  • Museum Noordwijk 2015.
  • ​Museum Opsterland 2015.

Exhibitions

2021

  • Huntenkunst 2021, Ulft, 27, 28 en 29 mei 2021.
  • Watermuseum, Arnhem (Sonsbeek), 2021.

2020

  • Museum Staal, Solo, Almen, 2 juni 2020 t/m 28 maart 2021.
  • Galerie  Année, Haarlem, 11 july t/m 15 augustus 2020. 
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, t/m september 2020.
  • Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam, 2 aug t/m 27 sept 2020. 
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, t/m 24 mei 2020.
  • Katwijk en Plein Air, exhibition, 4 juli t/m 27 september 2020. 
  • Katwijk en Plein Air 2020, Katwijk, 27 juni tot 4 juli 2020.
  • Gallery Année, Haarlem, 11 july t/m 15 augustus 2020. 
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam, doorlopend, 2020.
  • Galerie TON, Rucphen, 15 maart t/m 12 april 2020.
  • Huntenkunst 2020, afgelast i.v.m Corona crisis.
  • Museum Staal, Solo expositie, Almen, 2 juni 2020 t/m 28 maart 2021. 
  • Schilderfestival Noordwijk, sept?,  2020.
  • Naarden The Art Fair, Naarden, Galerie Année,  23-26 jan 2020.
  • Galerie Année, Haarlem, januari t/m 29 februari 2020.

2019

  • Galerie Année, Haarlem, 2019.
  • Affordable Artfair, Amsterdam, Galerie Année  2019.
  • Galerie Posthuys, De Koog, 2019.
  • Museum Møhlmann, 21e ORT, 2019.
  • Galerie Tolg Árt, Wierden, 2019.
  • Galerie TON, Rucphen, 2019.
  • Gallery Ritsart, Maassluis, 2019.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam, 2019.  
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, 2019.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum, 2019.
  • Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam, 2019.
  • ​Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, 2019. 
  • Galerie Année, Haarlem, Winter-expositie.2019/2020.
  • Schilderfestival Noordwijk, 2019. 
  • Huntenkunst 2019, Ulft, 2019.
  • Museum Muzee, Scheveningen, 2019.
  • Galerie Pfundt, Berlijn, 2019.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam, 2019.
  • Artist-in-residence Schilderfestival Noordwijk, 2019.​​

2018

  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Solo-expositie, 2018.
  • Galerie Année, Haarlem, 2018.
  • Galerie Pfundt, Berlijn, 2019.
  • Galerie Posthuys, De Koog, 2018.
  • Galerie Posthuys, "En plein air", 2018.
  • Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam, 2018.
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, 2018.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum, 2018.
  • Museum De Casteelse Poort, 2018.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam, 2018.
  • Pittoresk Urk, Artist in residence 2018.
  • Galerie van Strien, Nieuw Amsterdam, 2018.
  • Galerie Visée, Diepenheim, 2018.
  • Huntenkunst, Contemporary Arts 2018.
  • Schilderfestival Noordwijk 2018.
  • Galerie Polhus, Nijkerk, 2018.
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Wintersalon, 2018.
It's happening, oil on canvas, 100 x 140 cm, 2019. #art #impressionist #sonjabrussen

Previous exhibitions

  • Morren Galleries, Utrecht, 2017.
  • Galerie Posthuys, Texel, 2017.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Appingedam, 2017.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum, 2017.
  • Galerie Wind, Rotterdam, 2017.
  • Galerie Polhus, Nijkerk, 2017.
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo, 2017.
  • Lamu Painters festival, Kenia, 2017.
  • Galerie Visée, Diepenheim, Duo-expo 2017.
  • Galerie de Burgerij, Vorden, 2017.
  • Galerie Tolg Art, Wierden, 2017.
  • Morren Galleries, Amsterdam 2016.
  • Morren Galleries, Utrecht 2016.
  • Galerie Année, Haarlem 2016.
  • Galerie Posthuys, Texel 2016.
  • Fries Scheepvaart museum, Sneek 2016.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Niezijl, 2016.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum, 2016.
  • Galerie Polhus, Nijkerk, 2016.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum 2016.
  • Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam 2016.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum 2016.
  • Galerie Visée, Diepenheim, Duo-expo 2016.
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Niezijl 2016.
  • Galerie B aan Cee, Noordwijk 2016.
  • Galerie Tolg Art,Wierden, Duo-expositie 2016.
  • Galerie Drentsche Aa, Balloo 2016
  • Schilderfestival Noordwijk 2013 t/m 2019.
  • Museum Noordwijk, 2015 (in de collectie opgenomen)
  • Galerie Ruigewaert, Niezijl Duo-expositie.
  • Museum Opsterland, Gorredijk 2015.
  • Expositie bij Galerie Année, Haarlem 2015.
  • Galerie Het Raadhuis, Eenrum 2015.
  • Solo, Galerie Dutch Accent, Amsterdam 2015.
  • Solo, Kunstvereeniging Katwijk 2014.
  • Solo, Galerie de Burgerij, Vorden 2014.
  • Kunst10daagse Bergen 2013.
  • Gallery PR2, Amsterdam 2013.
  • Glory painting festival, Bergen aan zee 2013. 
  • Galerie Lenten, Epse expositie 2013 / 2014.
  • Art in the Open 2013, Wexford (Ierland) 2013.
  • Galerie Kriegershof, Zutphen 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Gallery PR2, "Salon d Amsterdam" Amsterdam 2013.
  • Passie op de Kruisberg, Land art project 2013 / 2011.
  • Kunst in Ootmarsum 2012.
  • Galerie Storm, Amsterdam 2012.
  • Deelname KIM beurs, Arnhem 2011.
  • Gallery PR2, Amsterdam 2013.
  • Solo-expositie, Galerie Visée, Diepenheim 2006.
  • KWR 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 Land art projecten.
  • Van 1999 t/m 2011 Kunstenaarsnetwerk Het Web.
  • Solo, Galerie Het Web Doetinchem 2004.
  • Open Stal, Oldeberkoop, Friesland 2007 op uitnodiging.