Enthusiasts of Mattie van der Veen’s work describe her paintings and pastels as tranquil, intense and monumental.

    Magnetic. Her work conveys an intimacy that implies feelings of security. Work with an astonishing balance between intense inner feelings and sensitive expression. (Willem Abma, writer and poet) 

    An excellent drawer. Form-retaining, accurate and with a strong sense of composition. Typical is the individuality of her color use and the intensely lived and sensitive impression that the work makes. A talent with Fingerspitzengefühl. (Johanna Schuurman, art critic, Leeuwarder Courant)

    Mattie van der Veen (Dokkum, 1974) is a professional figurative artist, who acquired her degree at the Minerva Academy for Visual Arts in Groningen (1998). Her work was first noticed at the time of her graduation exhibition and has since been exhibited in leading galleries and public places throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Mattie van der Veen paints in oil and acrylic, pastels, watercolors and her drawings show her figurative strength and craftsmanship. In her work she feels inspired by the world around her, whereby the human being, often women and children painted in an intimate and authentic atmosphere, serves as her central subject. Other popular themes are animals, gardens, landscapes and still lives. A powerful interplay between light and dark characterizes most of her works as well as the intensity of color use, the lively layering and a fluent handwriting.

    Academy teacher and artist Gouke Notebomer discovered her talent for pasteling during her academic education and shared her love for the color intensity of pastels. The pastel technique is still one of her favorites. This exceptionally colorful and creamy material allows her to convey theatrical drama, which is often reinforced by her signature style of a powerful contrast between light and dark.

    Mattie van der Veen creates her art in her studio in the rural surroundings of Houtigehage near Drachten, in the north of the Netherlands. Here her work can be viewed, by appointment or during Open Studio Days. In addition to her autonomous work, she is often asked to make portraits and work on commission. Her paintings and pastels are regularly exhibited, including at Gallery De Twee Pauwen in The Hague, Gallery Wildevuur in Hooghalen and Gallery ZoFier in Workum and at the Biennale in Florence, Italy. Her paintings and pasteldrawings were published in art magazine Tableau, the French trade journal Pratique des Arts, in various newspapers and catalogs. From 2000 to 2011, Mattie van der Veen was art critic and copywriter for the Friesch Dagblad. Since 2015 she is part of the Frisian Drawing Society Tsien. Her work is appreciated by collectors and art lovers in public and private collections in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A.