Tineke Kleij-van den Boomen. Is living and working as an artist in Sint Oedenrode, a village in the south of the Netherlands. She is autodidact.

Her paintings arise from what she hears and feels out of the emptiness and the silence of her heart.

The German art historian and writer Helmut Orpel characterizes Tineke’s work as follows: “Much of her work displays the dissolution of shape. The original shape can barely be distinguished, yet it can be recognized. The distinctions between shape and space, between fantasy and reality are still there, but are put into perspective by their dissolving shape.”

Tineke’s work has been displayed at various exhibitions both here and abroad.

Having endured cancer, Tineke allowed herself to become a child again, so she could put her true feelings into her life and her work. She does not want to conform to any art rules in any way. She allows herself the freedom to do what she wants to do, without being restricted by any rules whatsoever.

Tineke learnt that taking responsibility lies at the core of our actions, our happiness and our misery. Consequently, we can never blame anyone else for our situation. Thoughts of blame, atonement, sin and morals no longer trouble her.

Tineke has overcome cancer. Her illness has enabled her to grow.

“It is vulnerability which gives her value to faith”

“Very often I think about it how miraculous and splendid life is if you decide to follow your feelings. Not with the mind. Not thinking. Just following your feelings in the things that happen. Doing the things you want to do.

It’s 2010. I’m sweating and puffing because of my jogging. Again I sense that grateful feeling inside of me that comes from my heart. Feeling grateful for the extra years that extended my life. And also, even though it may sound strange to you, I’m grateful for the whole process. For that what I was allowed to experience. And for that what is healed.

A few moments later I’m sitting in my studio. The weather is beautiful, the doors are wide open. Beautiful in my opinion, that is, since the sun is shining through the clouds for some moments. I know many people who can’t feel and experience these things the way I can. Although a little bird is at least 4 metres away from me, I can hear it sing lustily.

Yesterday I managed to finish one painting. And today I pre-treated some new paintings. Now that they are drying, I have the feeling I can tell you my story. I can tell you my story so you can understand why I am so glad and grateful …

It was over 4 years ago. My life was very different. Although my name was the same, really Tineke had just ordinary cancer. I prepared my self mentally, and –as far as possible- physically for the end of my life. I did what I had to do. Cancer coloured my life. My time stood still, even though the last minutes of my life passed away super-fast. At that moment there was no past and no future anymore. Just the present had remained.”

This is the first page in English of the bilingual book where Tineke Kleij-van den Boomen is telling in words, but mainly in pictures, over a radical period in her life. Her window on the world has totally changed afterwards.

In this book you can follow the artistic growth and self-realization in breathtaking paintings, in which Tineke Kleij-van den Boomen touches the essence of what and who she is. (Publisher Elikser - Jitske Kingma)

Title: Vertrouwen - Faith - Author: Tineke Kleij-van den Boomen – Total of pages: 68 - ISBN: 978 90 8954 282 3 - Price: € 16,00– excluding shipment.

You can order the book by Publisher Elikser http://webshop.elikser.nl/kunst/vertrouwen.html, a bookshop in the place you live in and on Internet and of course by Tineke herself.


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Kalmoes 14
5491 KJ Sint Oedenrode
Tel: 0413-474317


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