Ten Years of Z!

Ten Years of Z!
Due to reorganization, there’s no more room for my section of drawings and texts in Z!, the Amsterdam Street Paper. Such a pity! So … this is my last drawing with text, made for Z!, number 7, 2019.
Ten years ago I started to work here as a photographer, then as a photographer/writer, then as a video maker (oneminutes) and finally as a drawing artist and writer.
It has been an honour to work for this magazine and I have worked with lots of pleasure and all my love.
Thank you Z!, wishing you the best!


“KOKOROKO are a young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter
Sheila Maurice-Grey. We play music we love, we grew up with and our parents got funky to. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that come out of West Africa, we put on a performance to honour the masters that taught us. We specialise in a soul shaking, horn fueled sound with West African roots and Inner London hues.”

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They played at Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Friday April 19th.

A Wedding Portrait Reconstructed

A Wedding Portrait Reconstructed

A commissioned portrait (pen and water color, 40 x 30 cm) of the parents and their children on their wedding day. A friend of the bride asked me to make this family portrait as a surprise present for the recently married woman’s birthday, as due to circumstances most pictures the photographer had taken had gone wrong. Such a nice idea of her friend and so sweet!
I made this painting by using a number of available pictures, either from the wedding day or from different occasions, as a reference.
The wedding ceremony took place in the botanical garden of Paramaribo (Surinam); in the evening the family wore black Nike Jordan’s sneakers at the party. The painting is a combination of both scenes, the family is dancing together in between the palm leaves.


Walk-In-Centre – work for Z!

Walk-In-Centre – work for Z!

For each issue of  Z!, the Amsterdam Street Paper, I go out to make a drawing and write a small additional story with it, situated at a certain time somewhere in our city. Next issue it will be situated in Inloophuis (Walk-In-Centre) Oud West. It’s a place where homeless people (amongst others) can stop by for soup, bread, coffee, meeting other people, use the computer or just get some rest.
Apart from the work for the Z! I also made some simple sketches there.
A woman  asked me to draw her portrait, I was happy to do so..

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Train Line Drawings

Train Line Drawings

Been traveling by train a few times this week.
This is what I love to be doing:

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Decision (drum roll)

Decision (drum roll)
I need more space both in my head and in my schedule so I decided to focus on my drawing and painting / art teaching. I simplified my website, too. From now on you can find the links to the pages with my other work under ‘Other’ (obviously).

Tarwa n Cheikh Mohand

The exhibition and the workshop

The exhibition:

And the workshop:

Thank you Atelier Open, artists, visitors and people participating in the workshop!

Atelier Open Papier 2019

Atelier Open Papier 2019
Six years of collage: an overview of my collage series featuring women and how one series evolved from the other. That’s what I’ll be showing at the big exhibition ‘Expositie Papier 19 t/m 24 maart 2019’, in De Bonte Zwaan, March 19th – 24th, organized by Atelier Open.   On Wednesday, March 20th I will be giving a collage workshop from 18:00 to 21:30 in which I will be talking about my work, the history of collage, thus giving the participants lots of inspiration. I will  bring scissors, cutting knives, glue, tape and part of my books and magazines collection for everyone to use.

Atelier Open presents PAPIER 2019 – an exhibition of art made from paper and cardboard: linos, installations, sculptures, collages and furniture made of paper and cardboard.
Papier 2019 offers various forms of art. Material, expressiveness and beauty as a common denominator. PAPIER 2019 is more than just an art exhibition; various activities (workshops and theater) take place, all are related to the arts and to the material: paper and cardboard.

Tuesday March 19 – Sunday March 24, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 13.30 – 18.30
Saturday: 12.00 – 21.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00
Art & Drinks
Saturday March 23: 17.00 – 21.00
Bonte Zwaan
Haparandadam 7
1013 HK Amsterdam
Participating artists
Katja Berkenbosch (collages), Edith Brouwer (linoleum prints), Charlotte Burgmans (sculptures), Cartoni Design (furniture), Maartje Jaquet (collages), Herman Mulder (mixed media), Elvira Out (collages), Loes Schepens (sculptures), MadebyNL (graphic art), Ines Seidel (sculptures), Annita Smit (sculptures), Erik Timmermans (mixed media), Judith Zwaan (papier maché sculptures).
Workshops (you can register for the workshops through info@atelieropen.nl)
– Tuesday 19 March: 18.00 – 21.30 Linocut (Edith Brouwer / Atelier Open), €50 (soup / bread / drinks included)
– Wednesday, March 20: 18.00 – 21.30 Collage (Maartje Jaquet) €50 (soup / bread / drinks included)
– Thursday, March 21: 12.00 – 16.00 Paper Clinic (Marchelma Van Breugel) €90
– Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March: 10.00 – 16.30 Art workshop Ines Seidel, two days, €200  (lunch / drinks included)
– Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 March: 18.00 – 21.30 Papier Maché Sculptures (Judith Zwaan), two evenings, €100  (soup / bread / drinks included)
– Friday March 22: 19:00 – 21:00 Theatre Workshop ‘from a Athena to Persephone’ (Elvira Out), €35 (soup / bread / drinks included)

Participants working with the materials, creating their collages, at a previous collage workshop.

Me, at the end of the workshop, discussing all creations with the participants.



Happy and proud to be part of this new photo collage book, in which Jos Houweling reworked one hundred photos made by his friends / colleagues into (digital) collages, presented in spreads, with on the left the original photo and on the right Houweling’s remake.

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Published by Voetnoot
204 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm
ISBN 978 94 91738 531

A drawing for Theo Bouwman

A drawing for Theo Bouwman

Theo Bouwman (publisher of the Dutch magazine Argus) is having a drink with Argus (the cartoon character after whom the magazine was named) at the bar of Café Scheltema.

It was an honor and fun to make this drawing, a present from his colleagues for his 75th birthday, especially as I am working for this magazine from the very beginning, almost two years ago now, making drawings of all kinds of people, mostly in Amsterdam but sometimes from other places, for the back page of each issue.
You can see these drawings here (issue 1 – 31) and
here (a new series, from issue 32).