It’s nice and quiet there, with the Northern light coming in and a view of the surrounding rooftops.

Henriette Boerendans studied art at the Kunst Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands, specializing in woodcut printing. She started out with landscapes, but concentrated more and more on making picture books. Her workshop is situated in an Amsterdam attic. It’s nice and quiet there, with the Northern light coming in and a view of the surrounding rooftops. There are gouges and chisels, and there’s an etching press weighing 500 kilograms that Henriette uses for printing. Printing is a singular form of art, time-consuming yet rewarding. In her woodcuts, Henriette always strives for harmony, strong compositions and a melancholy note.

Henriette’s apartment is underneath the workshop. She is single-handedly raising two children, Doesjka (2001) and Matthijs (2003), who provide excellent feedback for her work.

Henriette’s ideal picture book is a clear book that teaches young children in an unobtrusive way. She tries to incorporate elements of games in all of her books, like in her numbers book, in which animals and their footprints can be counted. According to her, young children are image thinkers, slowly being pushed into a language-based world. That’s why toddlers and preschoolers are her favourites. She hopes to speak to them in a language of imagery befitting this phase of their development, and to help them organize and expand their world through colours and shapes.

CV

Studies

Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag. Tekenen, schilderen, grafiek.
Witte Lelie Amsterdam. Onderwijskunde, vakdidactiek, kunstgeschiedenis.

Prijzen

2016 | shortlist Nami Concours, Zuid-Korea, Daar buiten slaapt een aap
2016 | longlist Jan Wolkers Prijs, Aap Beer Zebra
2014 | Vlag en wimpel, Nul is een raar getal
2014 | IBBY Hounorlist, Nul is een raar getal
2003 | Winnaar Kwak, Ronday en van Daalen, grafiekprijs
2002 | Nominatie Nederlandse grafiekprijs
1998 | Nominatie Nederlandse grafiekprijs

Houtsneden opgenomen in collecties:

Koningin Beatrix
Rijksmuseum
Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft
Österbottens Museum, Finland
Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Mead Art Museum, Massachussetts, America
Amsterdamse rechtbank
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap
ING Bank
Het Bouwfonds

Exposities buitenland

2017 | Nami Concours, Zuid-Korea
2016 | Internationale Jugendbibliothek München, Duitsland
2016 | China, rondreizende expositie, Children’s Book Illustrators
2016 | Bratislava, Slovenië, Biennale of illustrations
2016 | Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Children’s book illustrators 
2016 | Nanao Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan, Children’s book Illustrators 
2015 | Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italie, Illustrators exhibition 
2012 | Literaturhaus Graz, Oostenrijk, Alpha Bar Und Zippverschluss
2009 | Shawanigan, Quebec, Canada, Passport to Holland
2007 | Musée d’Art Moderne, Luik, België, Biennale de Gravure
2005 | Ludwigsburg, Duitsland, Holzschnitt Heute
2003 | Quebec, Canada, Biennale d’estampe contemporaine 
1999 | Frederikstad, Noorwegen, Norske Grafikk Triennale 
1999 | Varna, Bulgarije International, print triennale
1998 | Österbottens Museum, Vaassa, Finland, Grafinnova 98
1998 | Slovenië, rondreizende expositie, Modern Dutch Graphics
1998 | Tallinn, Estland, print triennale
1997 | Museum of Modern Art Sapporo, Japan, print triennale

Exposities Nederland

2017 | Galerie Ploeg, Amersfoort
2016 | Cultuurcentrum de Meersse, Hoofddorp
2016 | Galerie Inkt Delft, solo
2014 | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, bekroonde kinderboeken
2013 | Waterlands Museum de speeltoren, Monickendam, solo
2011 | Kunstenhuis, Amsterdam
2010 | Galerie Clement , Amsterdam, solo
2009 | Galerie Inkt, Delft, solo
2008 | Galerie Clement, Amsterdam, solo
2007 | Voerman Museum, Hattem, kleingrafiek
2006 | Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft Delft, waterland
2006 | Galerie Cerneus, Warder, solo
2005 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2004 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2003 | Kunstcentrum Zaanstad, solo
2002 | Galerie Inkt, Delft, solo
2002 | Singer Museum, Laren, Grafiek Nu
2001 | Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft
2001 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2000 | Singermuseum, Laren, Grafiek Nu