Thursday, December 3, 2015

Opening Night Don't Wake Daddy #10


I'll be attending the opening night of the 10th version of the 'Don't Wake Daddy' group exhibition. Drop by for a look and a chat!

Edit: I was there but sadly I could not attend due to a sudden stomach flu. I hope that those who went to the opening night had a nice evening. (Missed it too? Here's a quick view of the exhibition from the Hamburg Journal, starting at 11:05).

Saturday, December 5th, 20:00 hours
Feinkunst Krüger, Kohlhöfen 8, 20355 Hamburg, Germany. T: 0049-(0)40-3179215
(Image © Feinkunst Krüger)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SolidARTY Art Auction

SolidARTY is the name of an independent website, auctioning artwork donated by artists, studios and/or collectors, with all the money going to the Are You Syrious humanitarian initiative helping refugees. 

I have donated two prints to help them raise money. Help too and place a bid!

HERE you can find more information about the SolidArty project and the auction can be found HERE.

Update 22 January 2016; the prints have been auctioned! Many thanks for your help.

The prints 'Rise & Shine' and 'Once Upon a Time', will be available for auction.

Charismatic Megafauna & Don't Wake Daddy #10

Two group exhibitions opening this December;

December 3rd 2015 - January 30th 2016

Adam S Doyle, Brad Woodfin, Camille Rose Garcia, Chris Berens, Jacub Gagnon, Jean Pierre Arboleda, Jessica Joslin, Joey Bates, Josh Keyes and many others threw out their nets to capture alluring animal life on canvas. My painted panel 'Pit Stop', a diptych in antique, handmade frame, will have a spot on the wall of Seattle's finest, Roq la Rue Gallery. 

Contact and line-up information on the ROQ la RUE website.

Above: 'Pit Stop' details and frame for the 'Charismatic Megafauna' exhibition at  
Roq la Rue Gallery, Seattle WA, USA.
© Femke Hiemstra 2015

DON'T WAKE DADDY #10 at Feinkunst Krüger
December 5th - December 23th 2015

Again my work will be part of the annual gathering of the Low Brow/Pop Surrealist art family at Feinkunst Krüger, in Hamburg, Germany. My painted panel 'Seaside sally', about a peculiar seaside trip, will be flanked by the artworks of Van Arno, Atak, Anthony Ausgang, Dan Barry, Jana Brike, Chris Buzelli, John Casey, Victor Castillo, Paul Chatem and many more.

Contact and line-up information on the FEINKUNST KRUEGER website.

Above: 'Seaside sally' details and frame for the 'Don't Wake Daddy' #10 exhibition at  
Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany.
© Femke Hiemstra 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bronco for BLAB!

'Bronco', approx. 26,5 cm (10.43") square, made for the upcoming BLAB! group exhibition at Copro Gallery, depicts a spotted rodent facing a feral flower. I've had much fun painting this piece. Go and have a look when you're around Bergamot Station (Santa Monica, CA) September 12th to see the actual depth of the original -which is always hard to capture on camera- and/or to feast your eyes on the work of the other participants. The show runs through October 3rd, 2015.
The acrylic on panel piece is framed in a bronze coloured, straight wooden frame with a soft 'gold leaf look' and has a dark brown wooden fillet.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BLAB! Exhibition

Above is the announcement of the opening of the BLAB! 10th anniversary group exhibition. My painting 'Bronco', on its way to LA right now, will be part of it. Closer to the date I'll share a preview of my acrylic on panel piece. Save the date!

The Tenth Annual BLAB Show,  Opening Reception Sept. 12, 2015, 8:00-11:30 pm
Copro Gallery @ Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Work on announcement by Jana Brike

Monday, August 10, 2015


Oh man, it has been a while since I last posted something on my blog! Time seems to be in warp drive sometimes. Here's an update;

To create room for new inspiration I will be working on group exhibitions and projects for a while. One of these projects is a new book. The working title is 'The Engine Room' and it will focus on my creative process and all that comes with it. This 'behind the scenes' publication looks into all the various aspects of my work like painting and drawing techniques, the idea process, presentation and more and will be accompanied by illustrations, photographs and the latest and some never before shown work.
The content for The Engine Room has been growing steadily but I'm not there yet. It will take me (more) time and effort before I can call it finished. In the meanwhile Ill keep you in the loop.

Next on my show schedule is the BLAB! group exhibition at Copro Gallery (LA, USA) this upcoming september. More details will be posted closer to the date and in my newsletter. Ill also be returning to Feinkunst Krüger (Hamburg, Germany) and Roq la Rue Gallery (Seatlle, WA, USA) later this year.

I've added two new fine art giclée prints to the Femtasia webshop; 'Rise & Shine' and 'Crafties'. A woozy sun or two crafty little foxes, delivering both instant coolness for your walls. In the second half of August I'll announce them officially in my newsletter but they are already available in web shop, from now.

Enjoy the summer!

Above: Example page of The Engine Room, chapter illustration.

 More example (image) pages of The Engine Room book. 
Top; wrapping framed work, centre; drawing material, bottom; flea market frames

New prints; 'Rise & Shine' and 'Crafties', signed and numbered, edition of 100. Available in the web shop.

Summer fruit surprise in my garden; watermelons. Once comatose sprouts, now growing fast (2 meters and counting) bearing these flower topped stripey marbles. Curious to see if they will develop into something edible.

My favorite old-timer kitty Noodles snoozing in the sun.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Uchronia Group Exhibition

On April 2nd, 2015, Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle will prelude the month with the opening of:

- 'Prime Meridian', new works by Peter Ferguson
- 'Whiskey Helps', new works by Amanda Manitach
- 'Uchronia' mini group exhibition

My painting 'Belly up', shown above and below, will be part of the group exhibition.

Exhibitions run from April 2nd to May 2nd. Roq la Rue Gallery, 532 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA, USA. 

For more information please contact the gallery.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Atomica at AAF, London

London's Atomica Gallery has a stand at the London Affordable Art Fair, and my drawing 'Mercat' is part of it. The drawing is fitted with a lovely dark wooden frame with curly flora detail and dark silver fillet.

Go see it (and the work of the fellow participants Ricardo Cavolo, Richie Fahey, Ryan Heshka, Nom Kinnear King, Jen Mann, Jack Pearce, Charlie Roberts, Nick Sheehy and Castro Smith too)!

Atomica at AAF, Battersea, London, UK. From 11th-15th March 2015, stand B1.  
More info about the fair at the AAF website.

Frame example

Monday, February 16, 2015

20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a Group Exhibition

Upcoming Sunday February 22nd, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will open both the '20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz' Group Exhibition and 'SLANG estethics', a new serie of work by Lowbrow grand master Robert Williams.

Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace Gallery) and Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery) brought together an amazing list of artist of which I'm very happy to be part of with my painted book cover 'Siamesa' (shown above and below). Here's a preview of the work of all artists.

At the bottom of this post you'll find the full list of all who is joining in.

- Private view, RSVP only: Saturday, February 21, 6-11 PM
- Public First View: Sunday, February 22, 2-5 PM

Aaron Horkey, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Adam Miller, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Kehoe, Anthony Ausgang, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, Billy Norrby, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Brian M. Viveros, Bumblebeelovesyou, C215, Candice Tripp, Chet Zar, Chris Mars, Christine Wu, CR Stecyk, Cryptik, Curiot, D*Face, Dabs Myla, Dalek (aka James Marshall), Dan Quintana, Dave MacDowell, David Cooley, David Molesky, EINE, Ekundayo, Elizabeth McGrath, Eric Fortune, Erik Jones, Esao Andrews, Femke Hiemstra, Fuco Ueda, Glenn Barr, Heidi Tailifer, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Jacub Gagnon, Jeff Ramirez, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Jim Houser, Joanne Nam, Joao Ruas, Joe Sorren, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Jolene Lai, Joram Roukes, Josh Keyes, Kazu Tsuji, Kevin Peterson, Kikyz 1313, KNOW HOPE, Kris Kuksi, KuKula, Kwon Kyungyup, Linnea Strid, Low Bros, Luke Chueh, Luke Hillistead, Marco Mazzoni, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Garro, Mark Ryden, Matt Dangler, Meggs, Michael Hussar, Mike Davis, Miss Van, Naoto Hattori, Natalia Fabia, Niagara, Nick Sheehy, Nicola Verlato, Nikko Hurtado, Nosego, Odd Nerdrum, Peter Ferguson, Rob Sato, Robert S. Connett, Ryan Heshka, Sandra Chevrier, Scott Radke, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, SHAG (Josh Agle), Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson, Tran Nguyen, Tristan Eaton, Troy Coulterman, Word To Mother, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sneak Peek New Work

One of the things I'm currently working on is a (street) theater inspired piece. A kingfisher is part of the main characters. It is, in fact, a replacement character since the first, a Bichon Frisé (a type of lap dog) refused to come out of my brush in the right way. To me the dog kept resembling Lex Goudsmit (a Dutch actor who was known for his work on the Dutch Sesame Street, among other things). And once noticing the likeness I could not get rid of it, even after several re-paints.
Damn you, Lex Goudsmit!
But I'm pleased with how the bird is drying up. More sharing of this piece later on.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Promo Stickers

My new promo stickers arrived, yippee! In and/or on your order's package from now on.

Femke Hiemstra ©2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Graphic Art of the Underground; a Recommendation

September last year I announced the release of the book 'The Graphic Art of the Underground' on this blog. And although I'm still in the middle of reading, I can already recommend this book.

The Graphic Art of the Underground makes five underground art movements insightful by putting it along historical and cultural lines and highlighting all that's connecting from outside and in between. What I know about the visual art of alternative cultures is pretty basic to 'that rings a bell...' so I found this book a very welcome addition.
The book is about US letter (+-A4) size and is a mix between a 'look book' and an informative work.  Suzy Prince (edit & text) and Ian Lowey (edit, text & design) not only put together a great selection of artworks, but also set it in a no-nonsense lay-out, giving each image room to bloom.

More information on the Graphic Art of the Underground website. (The book is now available all over the world).

Photo above: stormy weather outside, tea + cookies + GAotU book inside. I'm happy with the reproduction of my work in the book - it looks great! Photo below: some spreads from the book.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rise & Shine

Above, some images of one of my last pieces, 'Rise & Shine', depicting the story about the time the sun was hammered and got the dawn in trouble. This acrylic on book cover painting was in the 'Don't Wake Daddy #9' group exhibition at Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany, December 2014.

(Exhibition and opening night images now online!)

Femke Hiemstra ©2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Royal de Luxe

While doing research for a new piece about street theater, I stumbled upon the French marionette street theater group called Royal de Luxe. I remember seeing their 'Little Girl-giant' and the elephant on photo's once (shown above) but can't recall seeing them move. And they move, alright! Those blinking eyes, subtle tilts of the head watching the onlookers, that must have been such a sight from human stand point. Here's a nice, 11 minute YouTube clip of the girl and the elephant, but you can find much more about Royal de Luxe's projects, parades and other giant marionettes on their website.

Photograph via the ambafrance website, © by V. Joncheray