The floor of Van Zwieten’s studio is covered in colorful paint spots. Painting is an ‘enjoyable’ struggle to her: in her own words, “Painting is essentially the creation of problems that you’re then forced to resolve.” The art of painting is the subject of her work, and she is imbued with the medium’s history and the endless possibilities it offers. She likes painters who liberate themselves, who don’t hold back, who make work in which anything is allowed and possible. Nothing is fixed, the painting determines its own outcome. Through her associative and experimental method, Anouk van Zwieten creates room to let that freedom take its course.

Anouk van Zwieten was born in Amsterdam (1991, NL) and lives and works in Utrecht (NL). After her graduation from the Hogeschool van de Kunsten in Utrecht in 2017, she was nominated for several awards and stipends, like the Royal Prize for Painting, in 2023 and 2017, the Buning Brongers Prize and the K.F Hein Stipend in 2020. Her work was exhibited at a.o. W139, Amsterdam (2022, NL); Omstand, space for contemporary art, Arnhem (2022, NL); Prospects and Concepts, Van Nelle fabriek, Rotterdam, (2021, NL); PADA studio’s, Barreiro (2021, PT); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2020, NL); Unfair Temporary Museum, Zuiveringshal, Amsterdam (2020, NL); Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel (2019, BE); de Pastoe Factory, Utrecht (2017, NL); Kunstruimte De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (2017, NL); Paleis op de Dam, Amsterdam (2017, NL); WATCHAMACALLIT, Utrecht (2017, NL), and several group shows at tegenboschvanvreden. The work of Anouk van Zwieten is part of several private and corporate collections.

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Supported by Mondriaan Fund

2024 Unfair24, November 21 - November 24, Westergas, Amsterdam
2024 November 14th - Dec 5th: Gevel expositie Paradiso, Amsterdam
2024 MINI SHOW April 11 - May 18, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (group)
2024  Everything is on the one March 8 - April 7, Arti et amicitiae, Amsterdam (group) 

2023 ‘What I stand on, Window artwork commissioned by Gemeente Amersfoort
2023 Royal award for Modern Painting 2023, Paleis op de Dam, Amsterdam (group)

2022  All the best, galerie tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (solo)
2022 SO WIE SO, Omstand, space for contemporary art, Arnhem (group)
2022 Art Rotterdam, tegenboschvanvreden, Rotterdam 
2022 Sunrise Tours Project Mayhem, W139, Amsterdam (group)

2021 Prospects and Concepts, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2021 Art Rotterdam, tegenboschvanvreden, Rotterdam
2021 Grazed Land, PADA Studio’s, Bareirro Portugal
2021 Mars Blueberries, PADA Studio’s, Bareirro Portugal

2020-2021 Dec 5/may 2nd: Voorlopig Voltooid, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht 
2020 Utrecht Down Under, Utrecht, (group)
2020 Unfair20 Temporary Museum, Zuiveringshal Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
2020 THE PAINTING SHOW, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (group)

2019 Unfair x Christies Fundraiser, NewwerkTheater, Amsterdam 
2019 Wentelteefjes, Groupshow, Arnhem 
2019 At the Gym, curated by tegenboschvanvreden, Whitehouse gym, Bierbeek Belgium (group)
2019 Galerie Joghum, Sanquin, Amsterdam (duo)

2018 Patty Morgan, zomerwinkel, Amsterdam (group)
2018 Drifting and Dreaming, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (group)
2018 ART Rotterdam, tegenboschvanvreden, van Nelle fabriek Rotterdam

2017 Friends with benefits, WATCHAMACALLIT, Utrecht (group)
2017 Royal Prize of Painting, Paleis op de Dam, Amsterdam (group)
2017 Non textual matter, duo show, KERS gallery, Amsterdam (duo)
2017 Artspotting 2017, Nederlandsche Bank, curated by tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (group)
2017 Best of Graduates, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (group)
2017 Graduation show, HKU Pastoe fabriek, Utrecht (group)
2023 Royal Prize of Painting 2023 (nominee)
2023 Artist basic grant, Mondriaan Fund 
2022 Amarte fund, development contribution
2021 Artist Project subsidy, Mondriaan Fund 
2020 Amarte fund, development contribution
2020 K.F. Hein Stipend 2020 (nominee)
2019 Stipendium for emerging artists, Mondriaan Fund
2018 Buning Brongers prize (nominee)
2018 Hart Nibbrig Atelier prize (nominee)
2017 Royal Prize of Painting 2017 (nominee)
2017 Jan Zumbrink Prijs 2017, graduation award Fine Art HKU (nominee)
2017 Dooyewaard stipendium 2017-18 (nominee)

2021 PADA Studio’s Spring/Summer residency, Barreiro Portugal
2018 LAB Kalkhorst residency, Kalkhorst Germany
2013-2017 Bachelor of Fine Art (with honours), HKU Utrecht  
2017 Internship Claudia Martinez Garay
2016 Internship Evi Vingerling
2011-2013 Art & Design, ROCvA Amsterdam

Selected collections
Sanquin Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
De Nederlandsche Bank collectie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Albert Heijn Kunststichting, Zaandam, The Netherlands

2023 What I stand on, Afremmen, stillstaan en met opgeheven hoofd vooruit!, Marjolein Witte, Lucy in de lucht

2023 Royal award for Modern Painting catalog, 2023
2023 Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2023
2022 Het parool, De grote schilderijen van Anouk van Zwieten ‘iets verpesten opent nieuwe mogelijkheden’, Kees Keijer
2022 Springvossen, Robert van Altena in gesprek met Anouk van Zwieten.
2021 Utrechtse kunstenaars, Luuk Huiskes
2021 Vrij spel in het omgaan met werkelijkheid en traditie, Over de innovatieve schilderkunst van Anouk van Zwieten, Eric Corsius
2021 Prospects: een veelbelovend vooruitzicht, Pernilla Ellens
2021 Prospects and Concepts catalog, 2021
2020 De kunst van het voorlopige, Eva Burgering
2020 Klerkx buys art: 7 art works, Manuela Klerkx
2020 BK Informatie nr 8
2020 Catalog Utrecht Down Under
2020 Jury rapport K.F. Hein Stipendium 2020
2020 Unfolder, Unfair 2020
2020 Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2020
2017 Royal Award for Modern Painting Catalog, 2017
2017 Ron Mandos young blood award jury rapport