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Echt Studio

Address: 11 Ruru road Otaihanga, Paraparaumu 5036
Phone: 021 2110228 | 04 9040486
Website: www.echt.nz

WHETŪ VAN DEN OEVER

Whetū van den Oever was born in the Netherlands in 1961 as Birgitta which soon became Git. Since immigrating to New Zealand in 2010 she has been known as Whetū.

She has been painting since 2002 and is largely self-taught.In her work Whetū captures the essence of nature by zooming in on details and conveying the mercuriality of colours.

Fascinated and attracted to the extraordinary, she digs deeper into the wonder of nature with every painting. This leads to both abstract and figurative paintings using mixed mediums. In turns, her work glimmers with quiet reflection and explodes with vibrant colours, multi-layered and honest, explicit and vague.

“Details trigger my senses. My enthusiasm grows, my happiness expands, my spirit brightens. The beauty, complexity, depth and unknown reasons of those details makes me paint or catch them with my camera”.

Whetū’s home is her studio in Otaihanga, Paraparaumu where she works daily on her creations and visits can be arranged by appointment.

You also can find her works on Facebook and Flickr. Please email echt.nz @ gmail.com for any queries.

GALLERIES REPRESENTING WHETU'S WORK:

Artspace
Alfred Memelink Gallery
223 The Esplanade, Petone, New Zealand

Tutere Gallery
48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach, New Zealand

EVENTS, ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS

  • 2018, 28/28Oct & 3/4Nov - Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2018, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show, with Merit Award Abstract category for "Direction"
  • 2018, 12-28 October - Participant Little Sprout Charity Art Event www.littlesproutsnz.org
  • 2018, 24-29 August - Canvas200, short exhibition / Fundraiser, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2018, 16 June-18 July - Winter Exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2018, 2-29 April - Autumn Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 19 December 2017-13 February 2018 - Summer Member Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 3 Decemer 2017-14 January 2018 - Mahara Arts Review Exhibition participant, Waikanae
  • 2017, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2017, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show
  • 2017, 20-25 July - Canvas200, short exhibition / Fundraiser, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 17 June-16 July - Winter Exhibition of members of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 11 June-22 July - Solo Exhibition "Ocean Depths" at Tutere Gallery, Waikanae
  • 2017, May - Solo 42 participant at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, February - Summer Studio Arts Tour 2017 Waitangi Weekend, Waikanae
  • 2017, 18 February-19 March - Summer Member Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2016, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2016, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show, Merit Award: Best Natural Fauna for the oil painting "Pipo"
  • 2016, July - Participant Kāpiti Artworks Exhibition&Sale at Charles Fleming Retirement Village, Waikanae
  • 2015, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • Member of Art Trails New Zealand
  • Member of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts





Interview with Kate Hartmann

Whetū van den Oever was born in Den Helder, the Netherlands, in 1961, the youngest of 3 siblings. She was christened Birgitta which soon became Git. She took the name Whetū for her own after immigrating to New Zealand and studying Te Reo Māori, as it just felt right, it felt like who she was. Whetū enjoyed primary school very much. The things she remembers the most are the creative experiences which were many and varied and her solid group of friends.

The transition to Secondary School however did not go so well, she was separated from her friends and was the youngest in her class. Things were also rocky at home and Whetū struggled to connect with people. She decided to concentrate hard on her studies and do well at the things people expected her to do. She remembers feeling lost and adrift. On the outside she was an excellent student, good at maths and sport, but on the inside she didn’t know who she was.

In the evenings after school, Whetū decided to give classical ballet a go and found a joy there she previously hadn’t known.

She thrived on the discipline that the strenuous practice sessions provided and rejoiced in the freedom of expression of the dance. It was through dancing that she came to know who she was and her self-esteem grew.

Whetū ‘s tertiary education was full of variety. She studied chemical analysis, business studies, theatre and dance expression. All of these studies fulfilled different needs within Whetū. Within the Theatre School she found her second family, they were all very close.

Working Life

Whetū has turned her hand to many things. With an ability to master new skills quickly, she has been able to succeed in many different jobs. She has been an aerobics instructor, a bookkeeper, in advertising, a production assistant for television, a choreographer, a booking assistant for a travel agent and many more she’s forgotten!

Whetū has taken all the best things from these jobs and taken them with her into her art practice. Things like knowing how to talk to people, how to organise herself and how to market and promote herself are practical skills she has learned along the way. Since coming to New Zealand in 2010 Whetū has been able to concentrate solely on her art and painting. She likens that to being able to breathe freely for the first time.

Art Practice

Whetū has been painting since 2002 and is largely self–taught. She has always been fascinated with animals and nature. She captures the essence of nature by zooming in on details and conveying the mercuriality of colours. Fascinated and attracted to the extraordinary, she digs deeper into the wonder of nature with every painting. This leads to both abstract and figurative paintings using mixed mediums. In turn, her work glimmers with quiet reflection and explodes with vibrant colours, multi-layered and honest, explicit and vague.

“Details trigger my senses. My enthusiasm grows, my happiness expands, my spirit brightens. The beauty, complexity, depth and unknown reasons of those details makes me paint or catch them with my camera”

A signature of Whetū ‘s work is her bold use of colour and of layering that colour to increase intensity. Her works are often very emotive and expressionist. Whetū has already seen some measure of success with her work held in private collections and a number of shows under her belt.

Whetū ‘s latest pieces can be viewed at Tutere Gallery & Creative Space where she is one of the founding artists and also through her website's gallery .

Facebook: Whetu van den Oever Echt Studio
Twitter: @EchtNZ Instagram : echt.nz
Website: www.echt.nz