Bio


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a visual artist who makes drawings with any drawing material which produces a line in the broadest sense.

Intricate layers of repeated lines characterise my artwork. In that sense, my work is meditative.

My objective is not to achieve a fixed result based on preconceived patterns or anticipated outcomes. Instead, my focus is on the process, which I highly prioritise. I aspire to remain in a state of not knowing, as it allows for the emergence of fresh discoveries.

Although my work does not represent what I have seen,  I draw inspiration from fully immersing myself in nature while sailing at sea, as I find the experience analogous to the act and process of drawing. In the studio, my focus is always on the material and the process.

The final works are an interplay of control, intuition and chance.


BIOGRAPHY

Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and having lived in different countries, cities and villages, Dronkers' drawings offer different perspectives. 

She divides her time between her land-based studio in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and her sailing boat. Her work is heavily influenced by her extended stays at sea, where nothing is what it seems and where everything can change within a split second.

She was trained as a free artist, painted, worked with textiles and textile design, and made jewellery.

In 2007, she consciously chose drawing as her primary focus.

Her work is in private collections in Europe and America and the collection of the municipality Nijmegen.

 


C.V

Selma Dronkers, 17-04-1957, Amsterdam

Lived and worked in Hungary (1990-1993)

She lives and works in Nijmegen, Netherlands, partly at sea in her sailing boat.

Work in private collections in the US, UK and The Netherlands.
Work in the collection municipality Nijmegen
Work in the collection of the Artist Association of Hungary

Education: 

1979-1984 Artschool Nijmegen

1984-1986 Artacademy Arnhem 


Member Artist Association Arti et Amicitiae 

Member Dutch Association of Draughtsmen nktv

Chairwoman of the balloting committee Dutch Association of Draughtsmen NKvT


Exhibitions:

2024

"Open Studio", Nijmegen

"Kunst Rai" Amsterdam

"Everybody but Caspar", Niendorf, Hamburg

2023

"Wintersalon" Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

"Leerraum weiss/schwarz", Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Germany

"Big Draw" in the ACEC building, Apeldoorn

"HOE=HET NU", ACEC, Apeldoorn

"Expo Thuis", Amsterdam (solo)

"Draw a line/ NKvT", Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague

"Pop-up Konkrete Kunst ", Augsburg

"Tekenkabinet", Amsterdam

"Leerraum", Kunstraum Braugasse, curated by Michael Kruscha, Hoyerswerda, Germany. 

"Wintersalon" Pictura, Groningen

"Wintersalon" Arti, Amsterdam

2022

"Wintersalon",new work at Art et Amicitiae

"Light of Veere 2.0", Museum Veere  "The Scottisch Houses" (NKvT)

"Online presentation and sales exhibition at "Inart Kunstcollectief"

"Into the WeSpace", Artlovers Space, Brummen (Aletta Bos Studio)

Online: Teken blog Wim Kranendonk (only in Dutch)

2021

“Biennale”, Pulchri, The Hague 

"Kunstlijn", Haarlem

“Art The Hague” with Blendprojects, Fokker Terminal, The Hague

“Airy”, Gallery North, Groningen

“Covimetry”, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, USA

“Sales during Corona”, Pictura, Groningen

“Wintersalon”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

“Artist Support Pledge”, De Balie, Amsterdam

2020

“De Tekengalerij”,  Wim Kranendonk Arthistorian, online

“Ladekastproject” , Phoebus Gallery, Rotterdam

“Drawing”, Amstel Church, Amsterdam

2019

“New work”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

“Summerkabinet”, Tekenkabinet gallery, Amsterdam

“ Winterkabinet”, Tekenkabinet gallery, Amsterdam

“New Members”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

2018

“Free Visual Arts”, Museum Valkhof, Nijmegen

“99+1 Revisited”, DNG gallery, Beuningen

2017

“Artist in Residence Exhibition”, Maas, Nijmegen

“4 Artists”, LBS4 Gallery, Amsterdam

“Art and Religion”, Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg, Germany 

2016

“Realism”, Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam

2015:

“180 view”, Telpost, Millingen 

“Only Drawing”, Kunstwest Gallery, Amsterdam


Earlier:

2014/2015

Group exhibition Cultuurhuis van de Stad Nijmegen

2014 Realism Artfair Amsterdam

Group exhibition Stevenskerk and Honig factory Nijmegen

2013

Realism Art Fair Amsterdam

Tussen-Ruimte solo: Cultuurhuis van de Stadt Nijmegen

2012 Groepsexpo Stevenskerk Nijmegen
2011 Groepsexpo galerie de Stoker Amsterdam
2009 Made in Arnhem; ‘Arnheminvites’
2007 ‘Hebban Alla Vogala’ groupexhibition curated by Marlies van Erp
2006 Etalageproject, solo, Het groeit, Lange Hezelstraat, Nijmegen

Group presentation  in The White Church, Ubbergen

2005

Passanten/Voorbijgangers, Installation and performance VillaLila

50 koppen 50 kunstenaars, Villa Lila2004 Global Village Festival, VillaLila

2000-2001 De Langste Nacht, Installation in Het Blauwe Venster

Images of Diversity / Be Equal Be Different, VillaLila

150 artists/ small works, Het Blauwe Venster

Before 2000: Co Founder Kunstwerk Kunstuitleen Nijmegen

Organisation and participant Atelierverschijningen Nijmegen

 

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