2006 Winner of the Dooyewaard Stipendium
2015 Winner of the Gerrit van Houten Atelierprijs
Stijn Rietman (Drachten, 1979) graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen in 2006. He was taught there by Matthijs Röling, among others. For his final exams he won the Dooyewaard Stipendium and then worked in Blaricum for six months. In 2015 he won the Gerrit van Houten Atelier Prize and the painter returned to the Gooi. A year later he had an exhibition with an accompanying book in the Drents Museum in Assen.
He paints everyday objects in carefully considered compositions in which emptiness plays a major role. By choosing contemporary subjects and then painting them with great attention to detail, a tension is created between a familiar image on the one hand (traditional painting technique, composition, small format, choice of materials and frame) and on the other hand the alienating or uncomfortable feeling caused by the charge that it carries. has a subject. Everyday objects receive just as much attention as traditional still life objects such as a bowl of eggs or a ginger jar.