“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 poets write a poem.”
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 similarly 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. Meanwhile, for over thirty years now, he has been focusing on the pristine, rugged and quiet Irish landscapes.
Reinder Ourensma’s works are clear, spatial and poetic at the same time. The artist evokes a sense of alienation and being overwhelmed. Also, however, a peaceful quietude is regained – his paintings create a shelter from the stress, chaos and pollution of modern life. Ourensma rediscovers an environment which we had almost lost, both in physical reality and in our minds.
Ourensma gives nature back her rightful place. But he does more than that. His work is rich with hidden spirituality, embodied in the earth and sky. This creates a mystical, meditative experience.
animation of 15 paintings
Some special events
2022 – Honoured to have my painting ‘Old pier of Ballinskelligs’ selected in the 192nd RHA Annual Exhibition in Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
2019 – Reinder Ourensma participating in 7th edition of ART IN NATURE – Biennial in Castle of Schoten in Belgium – Curated by Sculptor Mark Dedrie.
2018 – Friesland / Leeuwarden Reinder’s hometown was European Cultural Capital of the year. Reinder participated in a project of unique Frisian spots painted by Frisian artists. He created impressions of the wetlands around the isle of Ameland – the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world.
2014 June – Downpatrick Head – a painting by Reinder Ourensma appeared above all as the header of AFFORDABLE ART FAIR – Hampstead Heath – LONDON, 12 – 15 June 2014 (courtesy Sol Art Gallery, Dublin).
2012 June – Reinder Ourensma participating 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 is 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.
Paintings in stock at
Sol Art Gallery
Dublin – Ireland
Early Birds Art Gallery
Knokke-Heist – Belgium
Paintings by Reinder Ourensma were outside of Netherlands on show in Florence, Dublin, Londen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Singapore, Stockholm, Limerick, Gent, Knokke en Antwerpen.
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