I am very honored and happy that Hadewych Minis has chosen my painting to take home!

‘Stars on the canvas’ is a true classic on Dutch television. Dozens of fascinating well-known personalities have already been immortalized on the canvas and many talented artists preceded me. In 2019, the program came to the tube in a new format, this time with Özcan Akyol as the presenter. Fellow artists had given me a tip at the editors whereupon they asked me to participate in 2020. Unfortunately, I had a full agenda at the time. The Corona lock-downs gave me more time and I finally seized my chance to participate and portray the special and beautiful actress Hadewych Minis.

An unknown face
In the program, three artists are asked to paint a well-known Dutch person. At the end of the episode, the works are revealed and the ‘star’ gets to take one of the portraits home. The contestants don’t know who they will get for their easel. Hadewych was totally foreign to me but because of her open and relaxed personality I got to know her quickly. She is not only beautiful but also a very creative and strong woman. During the posing session, due to circumstances, I managed to capture Hadewych better in notes and quick pencil sketches than in paint. But during the photo opportunity, I was able to create beautiful images of my own of her, which allowed me to have a good painting process in my studio.

Movie Scene
I wanted to depict Hadewych, because of her acting background, more in a quiet scene than in a traditional posing position. I used the type of landscape, sky with stacking clouds and a dancing hilly cornfield, to emphasize her spontaneity and engagement. She stands firmly in the Limburg marl soil where her roots are, and she holds one of her favorite books (Bedtime Stories for Rebellious Girls) from which she reads to her children. By doing so, I wanted to symbolize her motherhood.

It is a fascinating experience as a painter and I enjoyed it very much.

Photo: Amy van Leiden

22/03/2020 – 26/04/2020

Currently I am working on the final preparations for my first exhibition in my place of work and residence, Doesburg. Last year, as a result of my participation in the exhibition ‘Lang leve Rembrandt’ in the Rijksmuseum, I received an invitation from the ‘Stichting De Raadskelder’ to exhibit in the heart of Doesburg. The exhibition called ‘Natural reflections’ takes place against the backdrop of the beautiful medieval city center in the atmospheric Raadskelder of the City Hall. I hereby cordially invite you to be present at the opening. In connection with catering I would like to know if you will be present at the opening. The opening is Sunday, March 22 at 13.30 hours in the hall of the Town Hall, Roggestaat 2, Doesburg.

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Open altelier

Open atelier

02/11/2019 – 03/11/2019

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2019, artist Wencke Vinks will open the doors of her studio to the public for the first time. Wencke exhibited this summer in the Rijksmuseum as a finalist of the Lang Leve Rembrandt competition where she was selected from a pre-selection of no less than 8.390 artists. Her work “The Reading Woman” is now back in Doesburg and will be shown in her studio, among other paintings. For the first time she will exhibit her art in Doesburg.
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Exhibition Painters Plaza

08/06/2019 – 16/06/2019

Under the name Painters Plaza, six Gelderland-based artists are exhibiting this spring in the North Chapel of the Stevenskerk in Nijmegen. Wencke Vinks is one of the six artists.
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Exposition 2010


In association with VitaalThuis the second exposition of Wencke Vinks will take place in the city of Best (The Netherlands). Many of the works of exposition in 2009 will be showed here, with some new works added. The exposition will take place at the same time of the opening of the new office of VitaalThuis.

Exposition 2009

23/05/2009 – 24/05/2009

On Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th of May 2009 there is an exposition of the latest work of Wencke Vinks. The exhibition include many portraits and paintings of flowers. The address of the exposition is Ulkenpad in Huissen (The Netherlands). Entrance is free of charge.
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