Renske Herder is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (1986). She works in the fields of textile design, collage, graphic art, painting. She received her master's degree in Industrial Design Engineering and honered her skills working in the field of surface design and product styling.
After this she decided to dedicate more of her time to art making and spend more time outdoors. She quit her job and now lives and works on the Caribbean island Bonaire with her husband and two boys of 1 and 4 years old.
Renske’s body of work consists of figurative paintings, abstract paintings and mixed media artworks. Often existing photographs (found or made) are the starting point of new work. Afterwards the photo can no longer be recognized and the scene has become more like a personal memory or fantasy. Clothing and backgrounds are mostly a free interpretation. Since Renske lives on Bonaire local scenes became more and more visible in her paintings.
Bike packing adventures, the ocean, camping, my family
My practice combines photography, collage and painting on walls, products and canvas to explore a sense of place and cultural history. Images are often the starting point of a new work. This can be a found photo that catches my eye or a photo I took myself. I paint or draw on this image or combine several images into a new whole that expresses the feeling of adventure. I am always looking for images that are known and unknown at the same time or combined past and present. In addition I love to make abstract patterns for surfaces like textiles, packaging, products and walls. I think it's very interesting how a surface design changes the whole outlook of a place or product.