San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 6-September 30, 2016
When she was 17, van de Wiel’s stepmother tentatively suggested she go to Art School. Her incurable doodling, after all, was hard not to miss. Not interested, she said. It took more than 30 years before she’d ever pick up a paintbrush.
As creative director, brand storyteller, speaker and radio show host, her creative reputation was well established in Australia before she moved her branding business to New York in 2000.
Four years ago, van de Wiel put aside her sketchbooks of doodles and began to scale her work big, bold and impulsive. It started with black house paint on a wall in San Miguel de Allende, exploded floor to ceiling in Brooklyn, trailed over gallery walls of her first exhibition in Sydney in 2015 and now, her large canvases in Mexico’s Galeria Manuk make for high-drama mileage when interpreted and applied to lights and custom-designed woven wool rugs. Wherever there’s a chance to play.
Artist Lourdes Rivera’s Galeria Manuk is presenting van de Wiel’s work in a Group Show in the prestigious Cultural Arts and Design Center, Fabrica La Aurora — a former textile factory and now, one of the main attractions in San Miguel de Allende. Bold and exuberant, her paintings celebrate the power of black-and-white mark-making. She calls it painting her way into being. In the meantime, this Dutch sea captain’s daughter is continuing to paint her way back and forth across the US, MX & AUS.