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Suzan Schuttelaar (1974) works on the edge of the city center of Gouda. Her studio is located near the historic museum harbor. You climb over the stairs up to the second floor at the back of the building and you enter a space where she creates and teaches. Full of life-size sculptures, paintings and larger-than-life portraits. Everything is hidden from view or connected by a multitude of threads. While sculpting and painting it is investigated what is hidden underneath the skin. It must look like something, but above all bring something to the surface. Spatial, conceptual and intensive work. It scrapes, unravels and confronts. Schuttelaar masters different genres, but above all feels like a creative artist and tries to break away from the stamp of portrait painter. As a painter she has always started from a number of classical principles of painting and combines them here and there with the loose touch of impressionism. More and more often she let go of the flat surface and the work became spatial. In her career as an artist she has now reached the point where painting has become as important as sculpturing. Paper mache sculptures of life-size human figures are now the main subject. Here and there the sculptures have served as canvas for the painting.

Every person inspires her in a personal way, every head and body has its own expression and its own past. That is why she tries to tell a story with each work, based on her individual interpretation. People continue to occupy a central place in the work. Above all, the work must also be a challenge to make and is often a lengthy and physically exhausting process. There is so much more than a close portrait. She started her education at the Grafisch Lyceum in Utrecht. She then successfully completed the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where she first felt she was right at her place. 


Distortion of how it is Life now and then through different eyes A stillness of a moment in thought How could it be


1995-1999 Royal Academy of Visual Arts The Hague Drawing-painting department


Exhibitions: 1999 Graduation exhibition KABK 1999 Group exhibition Pulchri Studio in The Hague 2000 Opening exhibition BaZtille Atelier Complex Zoetermeer 2001 Open Atelier days Zoetermeer 2006 Opening exhibition gallery HK Deventer 2008 Exhibition Walls gallery Amsterdam 2009 Group exhibition De Parel Fijnaart 2009 Group exhibition Het Kunstbedrijf Heemstede 2009 Exhibition Walls gallery Amsterdam 2009 Art market Tuindorp Hengelo 2009 Art market Ootmarsum 2010 Group exhibition Das Altstadthaus Bad Bentheim 2010 Solo expo De Vijverhof care center in Bodegraven 2010 Group exhibition Souvenirs, Roodbol Gouda 2010 Solo expo, Stichting Firma Van Drie building Roodbol 2010 Solo expo Zorgcentrum Bloemendaal, Gouda 2012 Group exhibition Museum Gouda (winner public award) 2012 Solo expo Museum Gouda 2012 Group exhibition Kunstschouw 2013 ZomerExpo Gem The Hague 2014 Solo expo Showcase of the city (Municipality of Gouda) 2015 Group exhibition Museum Gouda (last public award) 2015 Group expo Company of three 2016 Artist in residence MuseumGouda 2016 Civic guard painting MuseumGouda 2016 Group Expo Painting of the year 2016 Coda Museum 2017 Solo expo Yarn spinning mill Gouda 2017 Group Expo Paleis Soestdijk, Dutch portrait prize 2018. Exhibition Unconventional Museums Zutphen 2018. Off the Wall Gallery WG Dordrecht 2019 Salon Museum Gouda 2019. Solo exhibition Galerie Berghout Frankfurt am Main 2019. Group expo Galerie Rijlaarsdam 2020. Group exhibition Dot on the Horizon, Museum Gouda, sculpture the Verder Kijker 2020. Group exhibition, Eye for the ear, Rembrandt's ears seen through the eyes of Jan van Driel, Museum Kampen,

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