Ellen de Meijer and Civil War, 2015 (detail)

Ellen de Meijer

Netherlands 1955



Ellen de Meijer
Ellen de Meijer
November 3, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ellen de Meijer is a Dutch-born contemporary artist whose paintings depict the artist’s perspective on human behavior in the 21st century, as well as the on-going struggle between basic instincts in human beings and their burning desire for success.

Art by Ellen de Meijer

Ellen de Meijer - Best Friends / Guarded Love
Ellen de Meijer – Best Friends – 2015 / Guarded Love – 2014

Although Ellen de Meijer started her career in the realm of photography, she soon realized that she wanted to present more than just an image of reality. Hoping that writing would fulfill this desire she studied Dutch literature, only to find that this too was not satisfying. Aged twenty-eight, she enrolled the Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Tilburg, southern Netherlands, and was fascinated by the possibilities of the paintings to express different kind of emotions and feelings.
Over the next two decades, Ellen de Meijer has developed her own inimitable style of painting.

Ceremony Portraits

Ellen de Meijer - Followers/ Face book / Rebellion
Ellen de Meijer – Followers / Face book / Rebellion – 2015

Her series of work titled Digital Divide, feature well-dressed, emotionless characters accessorized with gadgets of the new age like smart phones, MP3 players, or Google Glasses. The figures are set against a muted background, and many wear rubber gloves symbolizing interpersonal detachment and a societal obsession with unattainable perfection.

Although de Meijer’s pieces portray cold, empty like people, her intention was also to present their insecurities and vulnerabilities hidden behind seemingly successful faces.

Digital Divide was on view at Unix Gallery in New York in February 2015. Her work was also exhibited at Art Hamptons, Art Aspen and Art Miami Basel, among others.

She owned an appraised art school in the Netherlands for many years.

Digital Divine

Ellen de Meijer - Shared Sight - 2013 / Play Mates - 2014
Ellen de Meijer – Shared Sight – 2013 / Play Mates – 2014

She is represented by New York-located UNIX Gallery.

Featured image: Ellen de Meijer and Civil War, 2015 (detail)
Images Courtesy © Ellen de Meijer

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Digital DivideUNIX Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2015EfflorescenceUNIX Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015Art Stage SingaporeSingaporeGroup
2014Summer ShowUNIX Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Art MiamiUNIX Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Art AspenUNIX Gallery, Aspen, COGroup
2014Art TorontoUNIX Gallery, Ontario, CAGroup
2014Art HamptonsUNIX Gallery, Southampton, NYGroup
2010Art WorksAmsterdam, NLGroup
2009UnknownGallery Donkersloot, Amsterdam, NLGroup
2004ArtesBussum, NLGroup
2002PaintBizzBussum, NL Solo
1998PaintBizzBussum, NL Solo
1997UnknownGallery de Genieloods, Aalsmeer, NL Solo
1996PaintBizzBussum, NLSolo
1994PaintBizzBussum, NLSolo
1993AISBeurs van Berlaghe, Amsterdam, NL Group