THE ARTIST STATEMENT:
SIMONE DE KNECHT - 1952 - ROTTERDAM
"As a three years old child she suffered from the gray and dolefull colours she had been surrounded with. She grew up in a middle class-family. The father worked very hard and the mother took care for the two children. They did their duties. The atmosphere was severe and God-fearing. The sensitive child was aware of the emotional emptiness. As a result she began stuttering and retreated in her own world of imagination.
At six she attended the 'Rudolf Steiner School'. It was the choice of the mother. It was then the fascination for warmth and strength of colours originated. The artistic child felt home in that environment. But at Grammar School she felt very unhappy.
It was an everlasting struggle with the common world, with the classmates who had other interests and the many dull books she had been forced to read. Imprisoned by the high expectations of her parents the marriage was an escape for her. Her beloved husband encouraged her artistic talents. But making the household and upbringing the three children took a lot of time. In that period there was an extreme need for selfexpression. And so she started her career as an artist".
IN HER OWN WORDS:
"I like both Nature and Architecture. Nature, the work of God; Architecture the work of men.
I want to create a new and lovely world, in which beautiful forms and splendid colours are a predominant factor in every centimeter square, formed by layers about layers. The use of strong black lines in the work is of great importance. On the one hand, it accentuates the forms used, on the other hand it opens the possibility of unlimited colours, structures and relief. The visitor is lured into an imaginative world, with the nose sticked on the canvas.
My first drawings were reflections of the inner world ( 1992 - 1996). They kept the visitor at a distance. The technique: oil pastel with Chinese ink on paper. 2000 I started to paint.
As materials I use acrylic paints with all sorts of sand, gravel and little hidden objects.
Art is the most powerful form of communication between peoples, cultures and individuals. This lovely thought I recognized at the Bienniale in Florence 2007. With great pleasure I joined this exciting exhibition. I realized it opens the way in the artistic world internationally.
There was great interest in my work."
1996: 1st Prize in the category "Imagenary Art" by the Academy of Arts Rotterdam.
1998: 2nd Prize at "100 years High Buildings Rotterdam" and a Honourary Award by public.
2001: Honourable Award by City of Rotterdam, as part of Rotterdam City of Culture 2001.
The winning painting: "Wij Monsters".
Honourable Award: Blowing-up of the canvas 8 x 6 meters at the C&A Building located the famous Coolsingel Rotterdam.
2007: Distinguished Artist by Kunstgebouw Den Haag as part of "Day and Night Expo".
2007: Nominated and selected by the International Committee for the participation of the International Florence Biennale VI.
2010: Selected as BEST OF CATEGORY CITYSCAPE by judge of the International Fine Art Painting Competition 2010 at Artists' Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale FL
2012: Selected as BEST OF CATEGORY CITYSCAPE and 3rd PLACE WINNER by judge of the International Fine Art Painting Competition 2012 at Artists' Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale FL.
2013: Nominated for DE NATIONALE KUNSTDAGEN IN VAN NELLEFABRIEK ROTTERAM
De Vrije School Rotterdam
Marnix Gymnasium Rotterdam
1999 - 2002: The New Academy of Arts Utrecht
Working on Commission,Teaching Art and Curatorial Projects
Coaching artistic projects at Gallery De Herenplaats Rotterdam as volunteer.