Who is Astrid Vredegoor?

 

Astrid Vredegoor BFA ( 1958) started her carrier as an artist after years of experience working with chemical/ pharmaceutical products.
As a late starter in the world of fine arts, this “know how” combined with her life experience turned out very useful when she begin studying fine arts at the University of Fine Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands. (HKA-ArtEZ).

After she made her entrée at the University, her talents became soon visible. She was excellent in many art techniques, which resulted in lots of good press recessions in professional journals and art magazines.
It was not a surprise when Astrid in 2000 graduated with honours.

Her work concerns the trivial things of life, represented  in realistic, sometimes expressionism human figures. But it also shows clear traces of an emotional episode in her life and the excitement of erotic.
To express all this, she has chosen for a broad range of art technics she controls like no one else.

Besides the art of painting, Astrid is excellent in graphics. Her graphic work is reflected in a great many expressions , displayed in numbers of wood prints, dry needle prints, diverse etching techniques and silk-screen prints.
Astrid has a broad knowledge in fine art and distinguish herself from other fine artist who, for instance only master the art of painting .

Over the years her work was exposed in a great many art expositions all over the Netherlands.
An overview of her art expositions in time and press recessions can be find on this website.

After finishing her study at the university of fine arts, Astrid became to be a passion full fine art tutor.
In her own studio in Lichtenvoorde in the Netherlands, she educates art students and introduces them into the many aspects of fine art.

Astrid Vredegoor also is a co-founder of the artist collective Breekijzer, located in the old steel and enamel factory DRU in the historical and nearby village Ulft.  A former factory where in “the old days” more than 1.100 employees made there daily bread by producing  enamel pots, stove cookers and heaters.
Nowadays this beautiful restored building is known as “The DRU Culture Factory” complex.

This complex is also the homebase of the  Breekijzer artist collective. Members can use the building and all its facilities.

 

The official opening of the ICER complex took place in 2004 by her majesty, Queen Maxima. It was Astrid who was honoured  to introduce her work to her royal highness the Queen.(see picture)

 

 

Within her profession Astrid is also a committee member and/or
-Former chairman of the board of the artist collective Breekijzer
-Member of the balottage commission of Breekijzer
-Member of the board of control of ICER/ DRU Culture Factory
-Chairman and member of the jury Gelderlander Kunstprijs.