Yolande Heijnen


   Born and raised in Luxembourg, Europe, I am a Dutch national and have lived in NYC since 1998, where I studied drawing and painting, while pursuing a career in fashion design.  The idea of connectedness inspires my painting.  The complexity of the sitter’s essence is a key point of fascination, and I aim for the focus to be anti-decorative and to be about an extraordinary confrontation. 

   I explore the human form, not only visually, but as an energy center and a mind-state of possibility, depicting accidental fragility and a sense of randomness, blurring or dissolving the concreteness of forms.  Things are happening elsewhere or are experienced peripherally, and the subjects are not always fully present. 

   I am interested in how our environment affects our interior experience and vice versa.  I am interested in how previous actions influence future ones or how a left side affects a right. Canvases are sometimes dyptiched, or tryptiched, one influenced by the other, in their conceptual as well as physical development, interrupted in their joint reality.  Parts of one can be printed on the other.

   As I develop my vocabulary of painting beyond the subject, exploring the power of paint itself - including how colors interact, the creation of space, form, rhythm, plasticity and metaphor, as well as its relationship to the canvas as object - I strive to continue broadening my language of painting and to explore how color, accidental mark making, and paint itself, can communicate deeper truths.

   I am extremely honored and grateful to have been the recipient of the Frederieke Sanders Taylor (FST) Studio Project Fund Grant, in 2019, to have been a three-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2016, 2018, and 2019) and of The Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, issued by the Art Students League of New York in 2016. I have an M.F.A. in painting from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture (2019).

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