"Painting is my passion, my life, and foremost about sharing thoughts and emotions with others. My works of art have become extremely personal, they are an emotional response to my surroundings and experiences. These are reflections of joy, hope, peace and sadness."
Escha van den Bogerd was born in 1972 in The Hague, Holland, and started painting at the age of 3. In the Hague she attended the Rudolf Steiner School, a school with many art subjects including painting, drawing and art history. After leaving school, Escha studied art in Florence, Italy, Salzburg, Austria and her home country, Holland.
Inspiration comes from many different things: the old masters Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Da Vinci etc. who created a beautiful sense of light. Movies set in olden times and places like Venice, Florence and the Middle East. But inspiration can also come from people, experiences good or bad and simply just life itself can create new emotions on the canvas.
Escha uses a method of painting in which abstraction and figurative images combine and reinforce each other's effect. Her work has delicate compositions and a colour palette of many of the Italian romance painters. The use of wash-like technique adds drama and warmth, vibrancy and great emotional power with femininity and sensitivity A refreshing combination of traditional figurative painting in a contemporary style influenced by the many countries she has visited. She is an artist of exceptional intensity whose dynamic and poetic abstraction, the faces she depicts and figurative skill display profound sensitivity and a great emotional power. Escha's paintings demonstrate a strong vitality, keen attention to detail and brilliant use of colour. Her energetically composed acrylic paintings radiate an aura of spirituality, which suggests the Middle East and Italian influences, although their formal characteristics are wholly in the contemporary European tradition.
Escha sold her first painting in the town of Kitzbuehel in Austria where she lived and worked for three winters as a ski instructor from 1991 until 1994. Many years of travelling followed to places such as The Middle East, most of Asia, Europe, Australia New Zealand and the US. She started exhibiting her paintings in galleries all over the world including New Zealand, Japan, Europe and the US. Escha's paintings have sold over more than 20 years to private collections in some of the following countries: Switzerland, Mauritius, Austria, Peru, Luxembourg, France, Holland, UK, US, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.
Escha's paintings have also been published by some of Europe's biggest art publishers, her latest work is being published by German publisher International Graphics
1999 Decorative painting course, The Hague, Holland
1991 Leonardo da Vinci Art School, Florence, Italy Various Fine Art courses at Salzburg, Austria and The Hague, Holland 1978-1990 Rudolf Steiner School, The Hague, Holland
2013 La Figura,CQ Hotel, Wellington
2012 Outside the square gallery, Kent UK
2012 Hillier Gallery, Stratford on Avon UK
2012 La serenissima,Kiwi house art gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2011 Kiwi house art gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2009 Storm Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland Galerie La lanka, Friesland,Holland Archangel Gallery, Listowel, Ireland
2006 Houses of Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2006 Solace Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
2005 Amadeus Art, Amersfoort, Holland Gallery Atheneum, Geneva, Switzerland
2001/2004 Kevin Mc Cabe Gallery, New Jersey, US
2002 /2004 The Sultan Gallery, Amsterdam
2000 Art and Crafts Gallery, The Hague, Holland
1998 Millennium Cave, Pool Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Noni Temple, Moka City, Tochigi, Japan
1998 Gallery 800, Christchurch, New Zealand
1997 Merivale Mall Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
1997 The Arts Center Visitors Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
1997 Gallery 800, Christchurch, New Zealand
1996 Dobson and Bashford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
1995 Arts and Craft Gallery, Rangiora, New Zealand Over the Top Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
2014 ArtSpace Gallery Wellington New Zealand
2012/2013 Midtown Artery Gallery, USA 2011 Hillier Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
2011/12 Kiwihouse Art gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2009 Seyhoun Gallery, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
2009 Galleria Fine Arts, Greenvale New York, USA
2008 Open Art Fair Utrecht, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Holland Art at work gallery, Delft, Holland
2008 Archangel Gallery, Listowel, Ireland
2008 Rona Gallery, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand Primavera Fair, Ahoy Rotterdam,Holland Infusion Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
2008 Galleria d'Arte III Millennio, Venice, Italy Rona Gallery, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand Galerie lijn 3, The Hague, Holland
2007 Tamarillo Gallery, Wellington New Zealand. Solace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
2005 Kunst en Co Amstelveen, Holland
2005 Amadeus Art, Amersfoort, Holland 2002 Pulchria (women only group show), Piazenca, Italy
2001 New York TFX Rap Studio, New York
1999 Coca Gallery, Telecom awards finalist exhibition, Christchurch, New Zealand Sierra Lounge, Christchurch, New Zealand
1999 - 2007 over 20 murals completed (both interior and exterior), the most recent being 2 murals in Switzerland.
Escha is happy to accept commissions for private and corporate clients for portraits, nudes and figures. Previous commissions have been undertaken for clients in USA, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, UK and Europe and Asia.
International Graphics Germany http://www.ig-team.de/Kuenstlersuche/komplett/Escha/
Pgm Artworld, Munich, Germany
Sjatin BV, Holland
A.D. Lines-Euro Group, Inc.
International Artist Magazine
Illuminations Art and Poetry Book
Dreams Alive Magazine
For purchase enquiries of Escha's art, please contact Samantha van Dalen: firstname.lastname@example.org