Ytje Veenstra

With a keen eye for framing and use of color, Ytje creates drawings in which concept, research and skilful drawing are intertwined. Always challenging herself, she recently developed her new style, the papercut, to complement her pencil work and digital drawings. Her body of work is elegant: it has just the right amount of detail, be it richly layered or stylized and to the point. Her versatility shows in the vast range of subjects she tackles.
Her versatility isn't limited to drawing alone; she also writes, letting her own peculiar brand of opinion and observation shine, be it about socio-political subjects, gaming, literature or music.
Ytje has worked for notable clients, nationally and internationally. Her art has been exhibitied in different parts of the world and her work has appeared in several high-end publications. She loves teaching and coaching students.
Ytje is represented by Unit cma, Amsterdam.
Selected clients: Esquire, Vrij Nederland, ...,Staat Amsterdam, Red, Atmosphere/BBDO, 160 over 90/ Boston Redevelopment Authority.



Illustration: creating, developing and execution of visual concepts
Mentorship/education: Providing internships for middle schoolers, students and graduating students, teaching and
sharing knowledge about cultural entrepreneurship, and gving critical feedback regarding visual work
Blogging: writing about social and cultural subject matters

2010: Visiting lectureship Willem de Kooning academy Rotterdam Netherlands
Guest lecture about digital techniques in combination with traditional materials

2010: Curator Nieuwe Vide during Haarlem Stripdagen
The subject of Haarlem Stripdagen 2010 was comics from Eastern Europe.
I did research on illustration in Eastern Europeand carefully selected work by young talented illustrators.
Their work was exhibited in Nieuwe Vide Artspace during the Stripdagen.

2002-2007: academie ArtEZ Zwolle
Guest lectures foundation course about the practice of being a professional illustrator
Guest lectures to third year and- en graduating students
Workfield Day: participation in an alumni committee. Students received critical feedback on their work.
Participation in a panel with Walter van Lotringen, Yvonne Kroese and Trik:
discussion with graduating studens about the role and necessity of illustration in contemporary media
Teaching perspective drawing: drawing lessons for those preparing to attend Artez Institute

Group exhibitions:

Wall painting and -drawing project, Nieuwe Vide Artspace, Haarlem Netherlands

Illustration Biennial, Toneelschuur Haarlem Netherlands
Haarlem Stripdagen: Kampensche School presents Eastern European Illustration, Nieuwe Vide Artspace
Haarlem Netherlands
Noies del Polder, Comics de Holanda, RAS Gallery Barcelona

Leyp Exhibition Sneaker Addicts, Massilo Rotterdam Netherlands

Reading The Drawing: Narrative in contemporary art en comics, galerie Sign Groningen, Netherlands
RaiseUp Vol. 2, A.D.M. Project, Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States
RaiseUp Vol. 2., C. Emerson Fine Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg Florida, United States
RaiseUp Vol. 2., Omy Gallery, Toronto Canada
Blowjob Selectie, Stripdagen Haarlem 2006, Nieuwe Vide Artspace Haarlem, Netherlands
Deconstructing Illustration, Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2006, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam Netherlands
Draw local. Think European, Frankfurter Buchmesse Germany

RaiseUp Vol.1, Covivant Gallery, Ybor City, Tampa Florida, United States
Basefield, Chapel Gallery, Melbourne Australia
Soundads, 11 restaurant_bar_club, Amsterdam Netherlands
Inclusion in Studio Route 2005 with Atelier Klopper, Made in Arnhem, Arnhem Netherlands

Curvy, Somawo Gallery Sydney, Austraila

Character Building, Punct Tilburg, Netherlands

illuminated sign exhibition "Donkey" Off Corso, Rotterdam Netherlands

Solo exhibit:

Tenue de Nîmes 3 year anniversary, Elandsgracht 60, Amsterdam Netherlands

Blue Blood Concept Store, P.C. Hooftstraat 142, Amsterdam Netherlands



Visual Stories, die Gestalten Verlag Berlin Germany
Council of Haarlem, annual report
International Dictionary of Artists, World Wide Art Books, Santa Barbara, California United States
Journal de Nîmes, European Issue, Tenue de Nîmes, Amsterdam Netherlands

Faesthetic issue 13, UPSO, United States
Nieuwe Revu, collaboration with political cartoonists Bas van der Schot and Trik, reporting the Obama inauguration
Washington DC

Illusive 2, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, Germany
Made In Holland; Dutch design issue
Le Cool, weird and wonderful guide to Amsterdam, Lava Studio Amsterdam Netherlands
The Keywords on Visual Arts in Netherlands, IDEAfried Studio, Taiwan

Semipermanent 07, Design Is Kinky, Australia
De Fish streetart magazine issue 9, Domensino Media Belgium
De Fish streetart magazine issue 10, Domensino Media Belgium

Draw local. Think European, Illustrator Organisation Germany
Faesthetic issue 6, UPSO United States
Semipermanent 06, Design Is Kinky Australia
RaiseUp Vol.2, Upscene Magazine Florida United States

The Great Escape, Die Gestalten Verlag Berlin, Germany
Beautiful Decay, issue K, Culver City United States
Curvy 2, Yen magazine Australia

Curvy, Yean Magazine, Australia
Credits, illustrator issue + calendar
Annual report Fonds BKVB

Other activities:

2007-2009: committee BNO (Organisation for Dutch Designers) illustration platform
2007-2009: Organisation Nieuwe Garde Arnhem
2005-2009: feedback given on presented portfolios during BNO events
2011: Member of the board Nieuwe Vide Studio's & Artspace foundation, Haarlem Netherlands
2011: Member committee of Cultural Environment Nieuwe Vide (organizing cultural events with Nieuwe Vide Studios)
Haarlem Netherlands




Groot Heiligland 27 2011 EP Haarlem
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