Philine van der Vegte is a Dutch painter who paints the world around her in oils and gouache. She paints from observation and en plein air. Her painting has been described as atmospheric and tonal.
Philine’s work is fairly realistic, in a loose style. The subjects are close to home and the farm where she lives; Dutch landscapes, people around her and farm animals. Philine studied at Wackers Academy of figurative art in Amsterdam, and graduated with honours in June 2019.
She has participated in an won awards at several international plein air painting festivals such as Noordwijk and Pintar Rapido. With a small charcoal drawing of trees reflected in a ditch, she won a place at the Dutch national Summer Exhibition at Museum De Fundatie. One of her portraits was selected for the "Lang leve Rembrandt" exhibition at the Rijksmuseum.
The starting point for her paintings is always in the real world. Painting from observation is important to her and she will choose to do so whenever possible. Whatever the practical drawbacks, she feels it is better to capture the essence of a person, a landscape or an object in this way.
Philine aims to show a timeless beauty, without reverting to nostalgia. She paints fast and tries to keep her paintings fresh. She looks for that perfect brushstroke, that shows exactly what she wants it to say. Sometimes rough and fast, sometimes very tender. Her mission as an artist is to bring real life to life.
“Painting in the open air is always challenging. Every time I’m out there with my easel, I ask myself: what fascinates me about what I see and how do I capture the beauty of this view in my painting? For me that’s what it is all about: showing the beauty of the Dutch fields and skies. When I start a painting, I look for the things that have lasted. The area I live in has a rich and long cultural history. I paint people, landscapes, animals. I try to show them the way they are now, framing them in their rapidly changing surroundings.”