Annette Nieukerk

july, 2020

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Event Details

Annette Nieukerk
Beauty in Aging

July 3 – August 2, 2020

Opening Reception: July 5, 2020 at 2pm
Meet the Artists: July 12, 2020 at 2pm

Beauty in Aging is a solo exhibition of work by Annette Nieukerk.

Working with ink, graphite and oil, Nieukerk’s images speak to the narratives that are at the heart of the identity of the aging female within our culture. In this latest series she attempts to illustrate the inner resilience and strength that many women have as they age. Walnut drawing ink, graphite, and oil paint on translucent mylar have been used for their bodily references. The rich brown of the walnut ink is reminiscent of both flesh and decay as the ink dissipates on meeting the slick surface of the mylar. Graphite has been reduced to emphasize the increasing lack of solidity in the aging form. Prominence is given instead to the use of translucent oil paint coming from within the form itself adding a simple spiritual component, an inner light. The use of vintage magazine transfers are an element added for additional narrative and depth. As the human body clearly begins to show the passage of time, the inner light of the female human spirit appears to strengthen. Nieukerk’s aim is to illustrate that these women lived their stories, grew strength from them, and ultimately transcended them.

Now in her fifth decade of art practice, Annette Nieukerk has had a varied career spanning disciplines, media and genre. As a young artist, she depicted the prairie landscape using silkscreen printing as her medium of choice. Then in mid-career, Nieukerk became passionately involved in theatre design and followed that path for many years while still maintaining her role as an art educator. Today she works out of a studio in East Vancouver utilizing a variety of mixed painting and drawing media employing the human figure as the focus of her practice. Working both from life and from photographs, Nieukerk seeks to expose not only that which is obvious in the sitter’s physical form, but also to explore the layering of individual narrative – the stories of experience and lives lived.


July 3 (Friday) - August 2 (Sunday)


Doris Crowston Gallery

5714 Medusa Street, Sechelt