Dutch artist Chantal van Leeuwen was immersed in the world of Art from her earliest childhood.
Her parents (father: artist; mother: stylist) often took her to art exhibitions and she always showed an extraordinary interest in the artistic world.
Her style, a mix of abstract and figurative, she incorporates her 17th century painting techniques and collage technique.
"My process starts by making the composition on canvas with papers and mixed media.
The creations of these compositions are fashioned in an abstract genre.
By making my Compositions and Color Palette I use my experiences as a Decorator in Fashion and Interior design"
In other artworks, she focuses on her passion, which is dance and movement.
Either by using a lot of colors, or by limiting to brown or gray lines, she manages to capture movements.
In this exercise, Chantal seeks the balance between sensation and emotion, which for her is the challenge of her art.
"Emotions play an important role in my paintings.
A subject that inspires me is the contemporary (end)-time in which we live, that define our society.
Identity 'awakening in time and memory', the undergoing transformations.
A journey to an inner mature conscionsness. The change process takes place in everyone's inner world"
“Once on my way to one of the cliffs, I found four antique cabinet doors.
I sanded them down and started to draw and paint with charcoal and white paint.
The antique structure of the wood provided a beautiful base. It became a new collection of paintings”
"In my Artwork I mixed studies in techniques of the 17th Century Art, Contemporary and Figurative Arts.
A detail in a Landscape, an Antique object or Patterns of Interior or Fashion Fabrics inspires me to create my Artwork.
Mediums I use consist of Oils, Acrylics, Charcoal and Silver & Gold Leaves."
Chantal works for twenty years as a Decorator. She works for Fashion Labels, Design Studios, a Dutch Television program for Interior Design,
Real Estate Companies, Residential and Commercial Interior Projects dedicated to the highest levels of detail and creative expression.
She owns her company Osmosis Interior.
Her work was exhibited in Luxembourg and she exhibits regurarly in The Netherlands and Portugal.
Exhibitions 2022 / 2023:
The Lux Gallery - Diversity
Centro Cultural Gil Vicentina
Rua Dom Joao III - 2330-135 Sardoal, Portugal
July 5th - 31st -2022
Rua da Praia 23B
8600-156 Praia da Luz, Portugal
Augustus & September - 2022
5 Entidos Carvalhal (Restaurant)
Av. 18 Decembro nr. 45A
7570-779 Alcacer do Sal (Comporta), Portugal
September 15th - October 15th - 2022
ART EXPO ALGARVE - PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL
Located within the 17 acres of Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão (Fair and Exhibits Park of Portimão),
overlooking the Arade River and in the heart of one of the most dynamic areas of the Algarve, Portimão Arena is in a privileged location.
February 10th - 12th - 2023