How will my anxiety, my doubts about myself, my consuming desire for the unknown ever subside?

Because I am one of those who always think they hear the underground murmur of a hidden source. 

Hella Haasse



anook cléonne


artistic statement

The way we look at nature is much more about how we see ourselves rather than about us creating an image of nature itself. Nature is not aware of itself as nature.

Our image of nature primarily expresses how we relate to nature. It reflects back our self-image, as it were. How we see ourselves and how we relate to the world around us, also determines in large part how we perceive nature in that context.


how I work

The romantic ‘German’ notion of nature is not only a major theme in my work, I also base my work on designed landscapes. I use elements from nature and landscapes as metaphors to interpret our place in the world and our relationship to it.

As an artist, I love immersing myself in situations created by people who are driven to collaborate by a shared sense of necessity or concern. In the context of my artistic focus I observe these organizations and businesses as micro-social landscapes. Replete with their own conventions, written and unwritten rules.

In my drawings and sculptures, I investigate the experiences I encounter in these organizational landscapes. I explore the junctions, the back roads, the view and the quicksand from the point of view of the traveller, the tinker, the wanderer, the botanist, archaeologist and the gardener.


taxonomy of Trust: fallow land + root causes

In recent years the financial crisis piqued my curiosity and I immersed myself in the world of finance in order to explore the meaning of trust.

Under the umbrella title of ‘Taxonomity of Trust; Fallow land & Root causes’ I create works reflecting experiences in locations including Zuidas, the business district in southern Amsterdam. In these works, fallow land, trees*, weeds and growers’ manuals feature prominently.

het blauwe uur (the blue hour)

The insights I gained from Zuidas became the prelude to my most recent project, Het Blauwe Uur (The Blue Hour). In this project I create drawings dealing with major turning points in our lives. Based on stories people have told me about such significant moments, I translate their stories into landscapes. Landscape that can be read as moods. Moods in which space has emerged. Ignited by change.

Because I aim to create a space in which the viewer is literally almost physically transported, the size of my drawings has increased considerably.

Whereas I used to keep colour out of my drawings, precisely because colour has such meaning, I now deliberately make use of the element of colour, linked to emotions, to highlight these changes in consciousness even more emphatically.

Anook Cléonne

Arnhem, 2018

* Based on various symbolic ideas connected to trees, including the fact that trees can outgrow their own systems and then die as a consequence. Also based on the metaphor of trees having a visible section above ground and a corresponding system of roots underground. And finally the paradox of not being able to see the leaves when you focus on the entire tree, and not being able to see the entire tree when you focus on the leaves!


Anook Cléonne (28-11-1972)

Parkstraat 81a  6828 JG  Arnhem NL

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1996                                Graduated with honours  at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

1999 / 2000                     Masters at the Rijks Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

2010 / 2011                     KIS (art-innovation-strategy) Cultuur en Ondernemen, Amsterdam

2013 / 2015                     Philosophy and  Rhetoric, Jan Vaessen

lectureships, consultancy + training

1996 >                             Organisation, coordination and curating expositions and art concepts

2005                                Gerrit Rietveld Academie, lecturer autonomous

2006 >                             Artez Arnhem, lecturer drawing grammar precourse, tutor Upgraders

                                        design and drawing, concept and view development

2008 >                             Preferred supplier Art Partner, Amstelveen

2012                                Trainer HR coöperation “Het Nieuwe Leren”,

                                        innovation lessons creative storytelling & brain storm techniques

2012                                Windesheim, Zwolle, guest teacher honors program social innovation

2013 - 2015                      Member of advisory commission province Gelderland portfolio Food Valley

2013 >                             Guest trainer &Samhoud creative interventions within personal

                                        development courses

2016                                Speaker at TEDxArnhem

work in public collections

                                        VandenBroek Foundation | LAM, Lisse

                                        Museum Boymans - van Beuningen, Rotterdam

                                        Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

                                        Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA

                                        Shell, Den Haag

                                        Koninklijke Nederlandse Marine, Den Helder

                                        Ahold collectie, Zaandam

                                        PRC Bouwcentrum, Bodegraven

                                        Zilveren Kruis/Achmea, Noordwijk

                                        PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Amsterdam

                                        many national and international private collections


2005                                Project scholarship Van Bijlevelt Fonds

2002                                Scholarship Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst en Bouwkunst

2002                                Travel scholarship Pauwhof Fonds

2002                                Travel scholarship Van Bijlevelt Fonds

1996                                Berlage stipend graduation project

1996                                Startstipend Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst en Bouwkunst

1995                                Erasmus scholarship


2002                                Ceramic Biënnale Austria, 1st prize autonomous sculpture

2001                                Matzer prize


1998                                NPS-Culture Prize


artist in residences

2018                                Vale Valados, Reliquas, Portugal

2015                                Vale Valados, Reliquas, Portugal

2012                                DRAWinternational, Caylus, France

2010                                DRAWinternational, Caylus, France

2005                                NIR, Rome, Italy

2004                                NIR, Rome, Italy

2004                                Grafisch Atelier Daglicht/Beeldenstorm, Eindhoven

2003                                NIR, Rome, Italy

2001                                Kala Khoj, Pondycherry, India

1999                                Skoki, Poland


public assignments

2014                                Royal Bierens Gearings, Tilburg

2011                                Provincial States, Gelderland

2011                                Tychon, Otterlo

2008                                Buurtbanken, Arnhem

2008                                MN Services, Rijswijk

2007                                De Stromen, Opmaat Groep, Rotterdam

2006                                Head Office Royal Dutch Marine, Den Helder

2005                                Park Transwijk, Utrecht

2004                                Joke Smitplein, Utrecht

2002                                Park head office Zilveren Kruis/Achmea Insurance, Noordwijk

2001                                Noordik School, Vroomshoop

exhibitions (selection)

2018                                Kunst in het kerkje, Velp (nb), Stage, role and play

                                        Zinder, Tiel, Days yet to come

                                        Solo exposition, PineWood FineArt, Berlin

2017                                Group exposition, PineWood FineArt, Berlin

                                        Art Rotterdam Contemporary, Rotterdam

2016                                ThisArtFair, Amsterdam

                                        Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany

                                        Group exposition, PineWood FineArt, Berlin

                                        Kölner Liste, Köln, Germany

2015                                Het Blauwe Uur, Loods6, Amsterdam

2014                                Het Blauwe Uur, Notre Dame des Arts, Ubbergen

2013                                Kunst op de Koffie, Arnhem

2012                                Taxonomy of Trust, Boterhal, Hoorn

                                        Root Causes, Caylus, France

2011                                Haags Gemeente Museum, ZomerExpo Chosen Anonymously, Den Haag

2010                                About Trust, Caylus, France

2010                                Vertrouwen Verbeeld, Amsterdam

2009                                Maria Verbeeld, Arnhem

2008                                Hortus Conclusus, Rosendael

                                        Fabulous Freaks, CBK, Arnhem

2006                                Solo, Galerie Petra Spuijbroek, Haarlem

                                        Solo, Galerie Petra Spuijbroek, Haarlem

2005                                Group exposition, De Krabbedans, Eindhoven   

                                        Group exposition, Ramfoundation, Rotterdam

2004                                Souvenier, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam

                                        Souvenier, Gallery Ra, Amsterdam

                                        Endless landscapes, Zeist

                                        Testing Testing II, Space for artists, Amsterdam

                                        Eeuwig Lichaam, Utrecht / Rome, Italy

2003                                Testing I, Rome, Italy

                                        Rietveld at large, Amsterdam

                                        The best of ..., Copenhagen, Denmark

                                        All, Antwerpen, Belgium

2002                                Group exposition, Cacao Fabriek, Helmond

                                        ‘Give us daily our...’ , Achmea, Noordwijk

                                        The garden at close, CBK, Dordrecht

2001                                Mental Traces. Kala Khoj, India

                                        Delfts Blauw, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag

                                        Metamorfoses, Ceramic Biënnale, Kapfenberg, Austria

1999                                Solo, Galerie de Witte Voet, Amsterdam

                                        Solo, PRC Bouwcentrum, Bodegraven

                                        Group exposition, Keranova, Arnhem

                                        Group exposition, Ceramic Millenium, Amsterdam

                                        Solo, Galerie Hellinga, Beetsterzwaag