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“The Irish landscape inspires and intrigues me. I paint what I see, what I feel and what touches me. Through my work I try to retrieve moments of intense euphoria, emotion or mystique – just like a poet writing poems.”

Reinder Ourensma (1952) lives and works in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. He developed a love for figurative work during his studies at Minerva Art Academy. Inspired and motivated by teachers of new realism alike Wout Muller and Ger Siks. While working as an arts and crafts teacher from 1972, he continued to develop as an artist in his spare time and in relative anonymity. Since 2014 Reinder is working full time as a fine art painter. For over thirty years now he has been focusing on the pristine, rugged and quiet Irish landscapes.

2012 June – Reinder Ourensma participated in Ireland’s inaugural DUBLIN BIENNIAL POP-UP EXHIBITION 2012, an international exhibition of contemporary art around the Yoko Ono project “Wish Tree for Ireland” in Dublin.

2009 December – Reinder was awarded the First Prize in Painting – The Lorenzo Il Magnifico gold award – at the 7th Florence Biennial in Italy, among  640 artists from 78 countries.