Engelien Kooij (Amsterdam, 1957) is a Dutch artist. She completed the Fashion Academy Vogue, but immediately afterwards joined an education in advertising drawing. Gradually it became clear to her that her love lay with paper and canvas, not with thread and textiles. For her, sketches, paintings and drawings were the end result.
Now she works in her studio in Amsterdam, painting from a deep source of life experience and humor. The paintings often show sensual, busty women. Women who are all in contact with their inner self. Thus their heads are small: apparently free from preconceived thoughts. That brings their subconscious up and it allows them to go beyond limited beliefs. Cats, animals and flowers symbolize that unconscious.
Often, due to the composition, the canvas does not look big enough – the scene almost tries to burst out of its spatial limitation. It is a tension that corresponds to the power of the work itself. But above the layer of subdued tension and introversion, Kooij’s work exudes sweetness and humor, eroticism, zest for life and relaxation. This is also reflected in the generous use of materials and the rich colors. Engelien Kooij also makes canvases with a completely different theme, the so-called Dreamscapes.
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