Sanne Rous

Sanne Rous 1984

Lives in Brussel. Works in Brussel.
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The work of Sanne Rous consists of paintings and drawings. Her ideas about painting are grounded in the awareness that painting is engaged in a continual interaction with other media - including installations, photography, video and performance - and is thereby part of a world of images that extends far beyond the limits of the painted canvas. Her (painterly) thinking revolves around observation and the stimulation of this. In this age of digital manipulation, painting offers opportunities: it can be disobedient, even subversive, because - after having been repeatedly pronounced dead - it has broken free of the ballast of traditional expectations associated with it. Rous makes rewarding use of this freedom. "It often starts with something that I see, a fleeting moment that stays with me. I try to be open about this. Anything has the potential to be a subject. As I paint I explore an image. Usually I first make small paintings in which I'm simply trying things out and investigating. The speed and casualness with which images can take shape while I'm painting on a smaller surface fascinates me: the painting becomes an expanding mental space where the possibilities of the image are tested."

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Education 2006 - 2008 Master Fine Arts Painting, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, NL 2007 School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (exchange program) 2002 - 2006 Bachelor of fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL 2005 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA (exchange program) Residencies 201 1 - 2013 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL Selected Solo Exhibitions 2017 Clouds of Rain, Clouds of Snow, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 20 1 1 Symphonies of the Arriving Boat, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 2009 Small Marks/Silent Stories (George Verberg Stipendium), Natuurmuseum, Groningen, NL Selected Group Exhibitions 2015 10 jaar George Verberg Stipendium, voormalig Groninger Museum, NL 2013 Identity, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 2012 Buning Brongers Prize 2012, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL (cat.) RijksakademieOPEN 2012, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL Public/ Private Bedrijfscollecties gezien vanuit een Haags perspectief, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL NEW, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 20 1 1 DNB Aanwinsten 2011, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL (cat.) RijksakademieOPEN 2011, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL What’s Up! - De jongste schilderkunst in Nederland, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, NL (cat.) 2010 A Thin Line, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL The Cassini Cruise II, curated by Ardi Poels, Maastricht, NL 2009 One, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 2008 Post Dordt, CBK, Dordrecht, NL Final Presentation Frank Mohr 2008, Frank Mohr Instituut, Groningen, NL Frank Mohr, In de Mix, KunstVlaai, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL ‘Yes, but...’ and ‘No, but...’, DeFKa, Assen, NL 2006 Rietveld in de Kerk, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL All These Things That I Have Done, Graduation Show Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL Grants and Awards 2012 Winner of the Buning Brongers Prize 2008 Winner of the George Verberg Stipendium