Iris Kiewiet artist and illustrator
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Born in Dokkum, the Netherlands, march 9 1974, Iris Kiewiet grew up in the youngest province, the polders dried in the 1960’s. Her parents originate from the island Ameland, with generations going back, of farmers and sailors. This resourceful entrepreneur family tree, formed the base for her artistic career; ‘My hands just know.’

Art studies and the first self employed years, Iris spent both in Rotterdam and Groningen, with additional traveling abroad. In 2004, a 5 months journey through Canada, guided the illustrator towards the art of painting healing guiding spirits. With her fresh family, husband and daughter, she will now live and work in Canada’s mountain and forest environment. Editorial illustrations and shows in galleries can be followed through the addresses below.

Studies 1986-1991 Secondary school Lelystad; 1991-1992 Education Drawing & Teaching; 1992-1997 Illustration at Arts Academy Minerva Groningen; 1995 Student Exchange with Edinburgh College of Arts; 1998 Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Course Rotterdam; 1999 Running a Small Business Course Rotterdam; 2002-2003 Analog Film Workshops Rotterdam; 2004 Interactive Storytelling Software Amsterdam; 2002, 2005 Storytelling from the Heart Workshops Rotterdam; 2003-2004 The Journey Intensive Workshops Eindhoven Toronto

Exhibitions 2017 double with Pieter Hoogland ‘Religion’ Reykjavik; 2004 group ‘Panorama’ SPIN gallery Toronto; 2004 solo ‘Looking for Something’ BLIK Rotterdam; 2003 group ‘You are here’ Schiedamseweg Rotterdam; 2002 group ‘Small Works’ RAM gallery Rotterdam; 2002 solo ‘Eye Travel’ BLIK Rotterdam; 2002 group presentation ‘DiaLog’ Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam; 2001 group ‘Three in One’ V!PS Rotterdam

Assignments Editorial illustrations for NRC newspaper; BRES poetry and Science magazine; BOND sponsored magazine; book covers for BULAAQ publisher; 15 soccer poems illustrated for bundle ‘Vaderlands Getrouwe’; 4 illustrations ‘7Sins’ Campari booklet. Mural design for swimming pool ‘Silent Waters’; mural design for wedding room ‘Family Tree’ Various lectures, workshops and teaching at the illustration department of Arts Academy Minerva Groningen and Arts Academy ArtEz Zwolle.