Beppie Gielkens (1942)
Egg tempera on cotton, 2020
For the prolific painter Beppie Gielkens (1942, NL), idiosyncratic color and line constitute a powerful narrative structure that continuously invites new readings. Already in the late 1980s, art writer Huub Mous defined her work as an “intuitive urge to rearrange and order, in a new connection.” Gielkens studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and had her first solo show in Maastricht as early as in 1971. She has since continued to have regular shows with Dutch galleries and participated in group exhibitions with the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, and Museum Belvédere, Heerenveen. Between 1986 and 2008, a large part of her oeuvre was made during extended stays in Egypt, where she received artistic acclaim, including shows at the Fine Arts Gallery / Cairo Opera House in 1989 and the Mashrabia Gallery in 1994. In 1979, Gielkens and her husband, the artist André de Jong, moved to Friesland, where they established independent studios.