Celeste Versluijs (1984)
In the beginning of 2001 we got a hand written letter from a Celeste Versluis in which she expressed her desire to join Atelier Herenplaats as an artist. She impressed us during our first meeting by the clear way in which she could explain her motivation. She had an ambition to become a real artist, just like her uncle. Nothing else would do. In 2002 we were able to offer her an apprenticeship and since September 2002 she is a full time artist at Herenplaats.
When asked about her work Celeste says: ‘I draw many people and use various drawing materials and sometimes paint. I like drawing because it gives me an opportunity to be myself and it gives me a sense of tranquillity. You can read in the colours I use whether I’m angry or happy, stressed or calm. When I’m calm I tend to use light colours and when I’m preoccupied more strong colours. I like to draw naked people, specially women and families. I use black for men’s hair and light brown or yellow for women’s. The eyes are mostly blue, but sometimes also brown.’ Celeste’s work revolves around the human figure. She also has her own way of looking at people: ‘everyone is different and unique, so that nobody is ugly. A person’s inner world is just as important as their looks and you can only find out about that aspect by speaking with them.’ Celeste is very often inspired by her daily surroundings and activities.
Celeste’s drawings and paintings can also have a cryptic edge to them; a group of roaming pregnant women or a naked man with a dog in his hands. The world she portrays is clearly in motion and very much seen through her eyes. In her self-portraits she shows us how different voices in her head direct her towards alternative realities. A portrait with lightning expresses her restlessness.
Celeste is a very articulate artist and she often surprises us by her insights. ‘It’s not interesting to draw the reality as it is. It’s already been done before’ she says. Celeste is always on the lookout for new challenges.
Since 2010 Celeste versluis is not working any longer on Gallery Herenplaats
2004 “Keuze uit Eigen Werk”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2004 “Cash & Carry”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2005 “De Vlaamse Reus”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2006 Jubilee exhibition, “15 years Herenplaats”, Gallery Herenplaats Rotterdam
2006 “Beasts”, New York, USA
2007 “Heroes”, Group exhibition, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2007 “Who Am I # 3”. Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2009 “Who Am I # 4”. Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2010 “Outsider Art Salon”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam
2011 Novo, Groningen
2011 Kunstroute, Hoek van Holland
2011 “Museum of Everything 4”, Londen, U.K.
2009 Who Am I # 4, graphic exhibition