b.1991 in Harlingen, NL
BFA, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen, NL
Lives and works in the Netherlands.
Besides painting, I spend a lot of my time with family and cuddling with cats. When I can, I love to travel, to enjoy new places and to possibly find new inspiration.
While I have been photographing for approximately a decade, cinematography has recently been added to my hobbies.
I love to browse around for interior inspiration, as I dream to one day own a castle.
Design and webbuilding are a way to calm my neurotic and precise character, but to keep sane I always find myself gravitating towards nature.
– Irene Veltman
'If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint' - Edward Hopper
Coloring the day away at the age of four, Irene Veltman knew at a young age she wanted to become an artist. With the introduction to the Old Masters her fascination for art and technique became indisputable.
While pursuing her art career at Minerva Academy, she began doing commissions, as well as selling autonomous work.
As a student she researched themes such as das Unheimliche (Uncanny), a German term which can be divided into two. Unheimlich itself translates into something ominous, enigmatic or even sinister. Heimlich on the other hand, means familiar of homey. Therefore, Unheimlich is something that may seem familiar, but at the same time feels strange and unsettling, without being able to pinpoint what it is exactly.
In 2013 she was awarded the Coba de Groot Stipend for the most promising Frisian artist.
After the exploration of the conceptual side of art, which is inherent to contemporary Dutch art academies, Irene felt the need to advance her technical skill which led her to do an intensive course in early 2014 at the Florence Academy of Art.
Her work became part of the Drents Museum collection in 2014 and that same year, at age 23, she had her first solo show.