Tiny Geeroms

Nelleke Cloosterman

Graduation year




In my paintings I combine and distort everyday elements such as plants, animals and bubbles in a way that looks convincing, yet is not possible in reality. By doing so, I create a universe where it’s possible to find meaning that escapes rational logic or natural laws.

My working method involves incorporating computer-generated images to translate my thoughts, which become a vehicle as well as a surface for my paintings. The act of painting as a final step leaves room for thought, surprises and fragility. As such, my compositions form a play between flatness and three-dimensionality, with gradients as a frequent motif. These gradients suggest the compression of time, which contributes to the idea that the painting is not a snapshot but an ongoing landscape where the inhabitants of my painting tell a story.

Nelleke Cloosterman, Homo bulla, 160 x 120 cm
2019_Nelleke Cloosterman
Nelleke Cloosterman, Untitled, 13 x 44x35cm

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
TBOT Aankondiging Website
  HISK - Digital Platform
The HISK Affair, 2021

The HISK Affair

24/06/2021 18/07/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Exhibition
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Exhibition
HISK studios. Photo by Dani Ghercă

Open Studios 2021

17/09/2021 20/09/2021
HISK, Leopoldskazerne, Eekhout 5, Gent, BE HISK - Open Studios
Various Positions, 2021. Graphic design by Bernardo Berga

Various Positions

09/12/2021 30/01/2022
  HISK - Laureates Exhibition
Various Positions 2021 Catalogue

Book launch 'Various Positions'

15/01/2022 - 18:00 20:00
HISK Gosset site, Brussel, BE Book launch
Neon Memories, 2022

Neon Memories

19/03/2022 24/04/2022
Barbé Urbain, Gent, BE Exhibition
Altered States, take me there, 2022

Altered States, take me there

02/04/2022 08/05/2022
PLUS-ONE Gallery (New South), Antwerpen, BE Exhibition
I know why the caged bird sings, 2022

I know why the caged bird sings

08/04/2022 08/05/2022
Warp Contemporary Art Platform, Sint-Niklaas, BE Exhibition
Infinite Flowers, 2022

Infinite Flowers, part 4

25/06/2022 21/08/2022
PLUS-ONE Gallery (New South), Antwerpen, BE Exhibition
Aardenburg, 2022
Aardenburg, NL Festival
Nelleke Cloosterman, 2022

Nelleke Cloosterman. Cardshark

24/11/2022 19/03/2023
CENTRALE | lab, Brussel, BE Exhibition
Schermafbeelding2022 11 14om15 02 54
BARBÉ URBAIN, Gent, BE Exhibition
Art Antwerp 2nd portrait

Art Antwerp 2022

15/12/2022 18/12/2022
Antwerp Expo, Antwerpen, BE Fair