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'Searching for connections between the earthly and the spiritual'

Leonnie van Eert is a ceramic artist born in the Netherlands. Although she started her work as a ceramist later in life, Leonnie was always interested and involved in various art forms. She took a watercolor course, created and performed theatre plays for children with friends, took dance workshops, music lessons, and even played the tenor saxophone for many years, classically as well as in a big band. She also went on many cultural trips and often visited museums in Europe, Africa and Asia.

In 1997 she moved to Suriname for one year to work with youngsters with a mental disability. Once back in the Netherlands she worked at a center for asylum seekers, because she felt drawn to the diversity in cultures represented there in. In 2000 Leonnie decides to move back to Suriname, where she starts working as a social worker and an artistic supervisor for special needs groups. In 2001 she starts taking ceramic lessons from Soeki Irodikromo, who inspired her to further develop her own style.

In her work she searches for a connection between the earthly and the spiritual, and takes inspiration from authentic  tribal forms and customs, shapes from nature, and from her work with special needs groups as well. For her work with children Leonnie has travelled to the interior quite often. Her work with the indigenous Trio community of Kwamalasamutu especially, left a lasting impression on her. These and other experiences are often depicted in her ceramics in semi-abstracted form. In her work she often incorporates other natural materials such as bamboo, jute, rope and seeds.

Working experience:
2016 Two day Presentation at the Folk Academy of Soeki Irodikromo, Sana Budaya, Paramaribo, Suriname

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August "Pe un' moksi kon na wan", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery. Suriname
2017 TNF of March "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 National Art Fair, DSB Bank, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 TNF of September "Leonnie van Eert", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Leonnie van Eert

Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
"Open House" in July at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in May at Readytex Art Gallery
'‘Open House'' in March at Readytex Art Gallery
"Special Gift Edition" at Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday-Night-Feature with Open-Mic during NK
Readytex Art Gallery also open during NK 2018
Animals inspire our next Thursday-Night-Feature
"Open House at Readytex Art Gallery"
TNF Rinaldo Klas and Leonnie van Eert
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature

Date of birth:
11 september 1961

Birth place:
The Netherlands

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