Nadine Spronk (1977)

Nadine hails from a small town in Brabant that she left behind to study Grafic Design and Photography at the HKU in Utrecht. When she graduated in Photography in 2000 she moved to Amsterdam where she fell in love with painting again. Inspired by the absurdistic images she saw working in a small photographyshop she started her journey into the absurdity of reality. A strange form of intimacy that no photographer can capture; entering the worlds of other people, their familiarity, acknowledge and twist this to underline their loneliness.

Her real passion however enfolded itself when she turned 30. Cutting ties with everybody she had known she lived withdrawn in her studio. Inspired by this newfound freedom she returned to her beloved club circuit. Soon she lived in a squat, what used to be a Chinese restaurant with a rotating floor. Together with her partner she got a permit to start a nightclub: Pand 14, more commonly known as De Doorhaal-Chinees. This also was the place where she refound her power in forgetting that everything needs to become something, an almost childlike innocence. Her body of artworks consisted of cartoons drawn on cardboard on the toilets that visitors of the club could take home with them as a souvenir. Or cutting keta-chickens out of wood, or a 10 metre drawing in charcoal of 'Everything she found dirty'.

In her studio in the basement of the club she worked on a serie that was permeated of hidden moments in nightlife, dancing and the afterparty-life. Realistically as well as abstract these works were painted in oil on canvas. One of these was nominated for The Royal Price for Free Painting in 2011 and was exposed in the Dam Palace in Amsterdam.

Her club, Pand 14 got the first 24-hour permit in the city of Amsterdam, but was completely destroyed by the government to make way for a bigger parking lot for McDonald's. Heavily pregnant she packed 1200 square metres to move to another starting project in Amsterdam New West. Together with 5 partners: RADION; a new club with restaurant and exposition space. The Bovenkamer, a small room in RADION became her most beloved room and resulted in The Culture Room. She ended her series on club-life with an exposition in RADION in association with the Klauterwerck Foundation.

After leaving RADION because of the fact that working there limited her creativity by lack of time, she started a career as full time artist. This was also the start of exploring new ways of painting and expression in words in the form of poetry. The creative stability she got by working with oil on canvas was exchanged for acrylic that she uses as bedding for a quicker imaging that results in an absolute and free attitude. Seeing perfection in the imperfect. Shape reality towards the complete abstract.

  1. The constant tide of abstract thinking
  2. One sea of Energy
  3. Cut loose
  4. Letting go for Love

Curriculum vitae Nadine Spronk

Nadine Spronk
1977, Oss
periode type institution richting diploma
1995 - 1996 kunstacademie Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU), Utrecht Grafische Vormgeving nee
1997 - 2000 kunstacademie Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU), Utrecht Fotografische vormgeving ja
periode naam plaats solo/group omschrijving
1999 Bodyfashion contest Tilburg groeps
2000 Hotel Arena amsterdam groeps
2000 Destillaat 3 Nijmegen groeps Georganiseerd door Extrapool
2000 De Avond ven de Langste Nacht Sju Jazz podium, Utrecht groeps
2002 16042002 Academiegalerie, Utrecht groeps
2003 Achter de muur Den Haag solo
2003 Stichting Begane Kunst Deb Haag groeps
2003 achter de muur Amsterdam solo
2003 Wolvenstraat 23 Amsterdam solo
2004-2005 poorters Naarden- Vesting solo
2007 Art Unit Haarlem solo
2008 Nederlands Hervormde Kerk te Ravenstein Ravenstein duo
2009 Pand 14 Amsterdam groeps
2011 Koninklijke Prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst Palijs op de Dam/Amsterdam groeps Expositie van de 24 genomineerde en winnaars Konin
Aankopen en opdrachten
periode naam plaats aankoop/opdracht type
2000 De Rebellen Club Amersfoort opdracht bedrijf
2001 De Rebellen Club Amersfoort opdracht bedrijf
2002 Schilderij: Amy Muiderberg aankoop particulier
2002 schilderij: Haar Amsterdam aankoop particulier
2002 P-snd Couture Utrecht opdracht bedrijf
2003 Novak Amsterdam opdracht bedrijf
2004 Novak Amsterdam opdracht bedrijf
2005 Schilderij: I think that I'm so lazy Ravenstein aankoop particulier
2005 schilderij: I want to be the snake again Amsterdam aankoop particulier
YOI amsterdam opdracht bedrijf
KPMG opdracht bedrijf
verschillend Union Edel Chocolade Haarlem opdracht bedrijf
2008 Dj San Amsterdam opdracht particulier
verschillend SBK Amstelveen Amstelveen aankoop bedrijf
2010 Dj Miss Fuzzy Amsterdam opdracht particulier
2010 Dj Invite Amsterdam opdracht particulier
2011 Schilderij: De Bunker 2 Zandvoort aankoop particulier
2012 Schilderij: De Witteweg Utrecht aankoop particulier
2012 Schilderij: Emy Amsterdam opdracht particulier
Prijzen en subsidies
periode type omschrijving
1999 overig nominatie, bodyfashion contest
2008 overig 2de ronde Koninklijke Prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst
2009 overig 2de ronde Koninklijke Prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst
periode omschrijving
Vanaf 2009 Curator Pand 14
vanaf oktober 2011 Algemeen Directeur van cultureel platform Pand 14 te Amsterdam