Geraldine van Heemtra’s practice evolves around her collaboration with the elements by immersing herself in the landscape and her work becomes a translation of her engagement with the natural world. Through the elemental energy in her work she questions our position as the human subject or anchor in the artistic creation, engaging with an aesthetic that extends beyond the world we know and understand.
Geraldine’s works in a variety of media ranging from drawing, etching, painting and installations of sound and movement. She graduated from City & Guilds of London Artschool in 2019 (MA) and was awarded the Norman Ackroyd prize for etching.
Geraldine van Heemstra was born in Holland and shaped by her childhood growing up along the Dutch coast, an experience that is expressed in her deep affinity with the elements. After studying at Utrecht University where she gained an MA in History of Art, Geraldine completed a post-graduate degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art and pursued a career in the Conservation of Easel Paintings, working in the museum world. Since 2005, she focused on her own art and followed etching and drawing classes at the Royal Drawing School. Geraldine graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School with an MA in Fine Art in 2019 and was awarded the Norman Acroyd Prize for etching.
2017-19 City & Guilds of London Art School, MA in Fine Art.
1997-1999 Research Scholarship at the Conservation department at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (University of Cambridge)
1992-95 Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, Postgraduate diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings.
1988-92 University of Utrecht, M.A. History of Art in Western Art and Architecture
M.A. thesis on the painting technique of Paul Signac.
1986-88 University of Utrecht, B.A. (equivalent) History of Art.
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2019 Shortlisted for the Postgraduate Printmaking in London 2019: A Survey of London Art Colleges, Clifford Chance, London E14 5JJ
2020 Finalist for The Signature Art Prize, Bankside Hotel, London SE11 9JU, DegreeArt.com
2019 The Norman Ackroyd Prize for etching
2016 Artist in Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Modern and Dance, London
2014-2016 Artist in Residence at The Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, Stoke d’Abernon