Irene Veltman
 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.


2013 BFA, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen, NL
2009 VWO, R.S.G. Simon Vestdijk, Harlingen

Solo exhibtions

2015 Cultuur op de Campus - Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, NL
2014 Museum Martena, Franeker, NL

Selected group exhibitions

2019 Realisten 2019, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
2019 Klein, Kleiner, Kleinst, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
2018 Pieter Pander, René Tweehuysen & Irene Veltman, De Fabriek, Ried

2018 Realisten 2018, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam

2018 Art Noord, Kunstruimte Wagemans – Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen

2018 De Vrouwelijke Toets, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam

2018 Fryslân Finest, Galerie Zofier, Workum

2017 Art Noord, Kunstruimte Wagemans – Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen

2017 Realisten 2017, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam

2017 Group exhibition, De Fabriek, Ried

2017 30 Jaar Bas, Galerie Bas10, Sneek

2017 Group exhibition, Galerie van Strien, Nieuw-Amsterdam

2016 Keik, Grote Kerk, Harlingen

2015 Kleinwerk, Galerie van Strien, Nieuw-Amsterdam
2015 Open Stal, Oldeberkoop

2015 70 Jaar Vrij, Galerie Bas10, Sneek

2015 Art Breda, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam

2015 Wintertentoonstelling, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam

2014 Daar komen de Putter!, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse

2014 Back to BAS, Galerie Bas10, Sneek

2013 Ongekend Jong Talent, Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

2013 Grote Salon, Galerie Bas10, Sneek

2013 Simmersalon, Galerie Bas10, Sneek

2013 Eindexamententoonstelling, Academie Minerva, Groningen


Hanzehogeschool, Groningen

Drents Museum, Assen

Private Collections

The Netherlands
United Kingdom


2013 Coba da Groot Stipend