Selected Works

Carla Kranendonk was born in 1961 in Steggerda, The Netherlands and today she lives and works in Amsterdam.

Kranendonk’s works are informed by her travels to West Africa and combine vivid brushwork with hand-embroidered paper collage, as well as photographic elements. As disparate textile patterns are juxtaposed with screen-printed textures, her mixed media works come to represent a ravelogue of collected images and memories, reinforced by the frequent use of photographs of the artist and her family members. Large in format, Kranendonk's works are authentic in their composition and playful in their manipulation of perspective.

Kranendonk has exhibited across the Netherlands and in London. Her work is also held in private collections in New York, Cape Town, the Middle East, Barbados, Curacao, Geneva, Israel and London.

1984-1987 Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

” My greatest fascination is Africa, especially West Africa, with a focus on independent, strong, beautiful woman. I’ve travelled many times to Senegal and I’m impressed by the colours, the spirit and the beautiful style of the Senegalese woman. Most of my paintings are homages to black woman, her beauty, culture, inspiration, power and wisdom." Dutch-born Carla Kranendonk’s works are informed by her travels, by her love of the twentieth-century artistic tradition, and her childhood as the daughter of a dress- maker. They combine vivid brushwork with hand-embroidered paper collage, textiles and beading. She describes how her iconic figures are ‘surrounded by symbols such as flowers (beauty, happines, decoration), bags (to carry your identity, your secrets, your culture with you), shoes (travelling, walking around the world, identity, taste, power), books (wisdom, education, writing, creating).”

There is a compelling richness – both visual and cultural – to Kranendonk’s work. It has achieved an international following and is held in private and corporate collections in from London and New York, to Cape Town and Geneva.
Paper painted with bright patterns is combined with embroidery and beadwork, as well as photographs of figures from African culture and Kranendonk’s own family. The resulting works represent a travelogue, a collection of memories and references.
The works are not simply a record of the artist’s experience of Africana, but also an interpretation. Perspective is manipulated. Figures are flattened into a two-dimensional format set against panels of texture. Shading is replaced by thickly-painted lines.