Anita de Harde (1950) born in Groningen is a talented visual artist who makes both sculptures as paintings. She completed her art education on the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam with honour in 1983. She is a welcome participant in international sculptor symposia, to which she is regularly invited. In addition to sculptures, she also makes well-looking portraits on request.
She likes to work in series about different topics. For instance about shadows or reflection of people representing as it where the evanescent soul of the person. By the way she represents the shadow or reflection she breathes life into the figure thereby creating a mysterious reality that transcends the painting and inspires the viewer to create his own world.
Her newest project is called “World women”. In it she makes portraits of women from different cultures. It is a testimony to the expressive power of painting. In this project she investigates themes such as love, sadness, compassion, modesty, joy and beauty. John Keats once said: ‘Beauty is truth, truth is beauty’. We want to try it sometimes, we crave it, we may even think it is decadent, but the woman can still be seen as a primordial image of artistic beauty. The woman as an aesthetic subject and as a torch bearer of centuries of idealism and value. You can fall in love with her.
In the Chinese girl’s acrylic painting, she has extensively dominated white and added just a touch of color to create a close-up composition. With the Masai girl, the dark color predominates and is worked with little light. Both shadows, lighter parts and colors are summarily applied. Because of the round shape of the paintings, she was able to leave out the background and placed the face in an abstract space. Sometimes the painting looks straight at you, at other times it looks away from the viewer or the face is hidden behind a voile.
She is inspired by painters such as Marlene Dumas, Hans van Horck and the sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
For many years she gives painting lessons to amateurs and masterclasses for professionals in her own studio. Anita regularly participates in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions at home and abroad.