Amsterdamse Mensen in Z! 12

My drawing / painting project ‘Amsterdamse Mensen’ is featured in the new issue of Z!, Amsterdam Magazine for the Homeless. Some of them were made during my residency at BijlmAIR (CBK Zuidoost), others on different locations throughout the city.

In this time of growing intolerance I feel the need to raise my voice in my own way. I want to show the people of our city through drawings, On the street, in public transport, in the waiting room. Without mentioning name, nationality, religion or whatever. To me, it’s all about seeing the humanity, that crosses every all boarders. The title of the project refers to a famous old song: Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten (At the Amsterdam Canals), written in 1949. We are all human beings. Nothing has changed about that since. Or ever will. So, come on, you all, sing along!

#AmsterdamseMensen #Ieder1 #WeAreOnePeople #Passanten

Lay out: Robert Swart


Boogie Grid – Finissage August 13th

Boogie Grid – Finissage August 13th

Following the 100th anniversary of De Stijl, Mondriaans Victory Boogie Woogie is the inspiration for this years summer exhibition in Kunstlokaal №8: Boogie Grid. All works form a musical composition in space. A rhythmic grid filled with a swinging melody in thirty-five tunes. As many as thirty-five artists, from The Netherlands and abroad, play their part with one to three works, in sizes up to 70 x 70 x 70 cm.

July 30th – August 2017.
Wednesday – Sunday 12PM – 6PM uur or through appointment.

Kunstlokaal №8
Schoterlandseweg 55
8411 XX Jubbega (Fr)
The Netherlands
+31(0)516 463141
‘Amsterdam Boogie Woogie’, ink and water color on 42x60cm paper
(c) Maartje Jaquet 2017

The line-up
Barbara Bartlett (USA) | Milly Betten | Els Binnendijk | Maarten Brinkman | Marian Bijlenga | Leo Cahn | Esther van Dijk | Hans Emmelkamp | Maryan Geluk | Julia Gubitz (BRD) | Chen Harland (GB) | Antón Hurtado (ES) | Maartje Jaquet | Wianda Keizer | Hans Kleinsman | John Kok | Romy Joya Kuldip Singh | Monique Kwist | Rudy Lanjouw | Astrid Meijer | Carrie Meijer | Simon Oud | Pim Piët | Tineke Porck | Marcel Prins | Jurjen Ravenhorst | Anne Rose Regenboog | Vladica Ristic (SRB) | Auk Russchen | Betty Simonides | Birgit Speulman | Karin de Visser | Wilma Vissers | Nies de Vuijst | Peter van der Weele.



BijlmAIR, Artist In Residence in Amsterdam Zuid Oost

BijlmAIR, Artist In Residence in Amsterdam Zuid Oost

From May 16th until June 12th I have been staying in CBK Zuid Oost’s BijlmAIR Studio at Heesterveld Creative Community. I have been working no my project ‘Amsterdamse Mensen’ (People of Amsterdam), sketching, drawing, painting the population of this neighborhood with the utmost different nationalities in the whole capital. On Saturday June 10th I put together an exhibition inside the studio, which was well received and visited.

Below are some of the works I made. From as small as 10cm2 up until 100x150cm. And if you want to see everything I did, have a look here.






Springsnow in woord en beeld

Springsnow in woord en beeld (= in word and image)

Onze trap ziet eruit als een bed in de ochtend
Met het licht op het dek en de geur in het huis
Alles keurig in plooien er ligt geen blaadje verkeerd
Alsof alles hier wacht tot jij terug bent gekeerd *)

Every year, Amsterdam’s elm trees scatter the city’s streets with a blanket of blossom that has come to be known as ‘spring snow’. A true celebration of spring, the Springsnow Festival, organized by Tijdmakers, is set to return to the city from april 21st until may 21st. This year it’s the sixth edition. The Festival opened  in the Rietveld House in the Amstelpark with a the presentation of Springsnow Scarfs created by Barentsz Urban Fabric as a tribute to Johanna Westerdijk and, outside the Rietveld House with an exhibition of poems by Ronald M. Offerman written to a series of photographs made by Maartje Jaquet and designed by Monique Wijbrands:  Springsnow in woord en beeld (Springsnow in word and image). It’s in the open air, the entrance is free and it will stay there until the end of the festival, May 21st.

  The Rietveld House

 Saskia Hoogendoorn speeching

 Springsnow in word and image

 Walking, looking, reading, talking
Photos of the opening (c) Judith Koning 2017

*) Photo  Maartje Jaquet. Poem Ronald M. Offerman.
English translation:

Our stairway looks just like a bed in the morning
With the light on the sheets and the smell in the house
All neatly in folds every seed in its place  
As if everything’s waiting for you to come back


Drawing assignment: portraits

Drawing assignment: portraits
I was asked to make portraits of journalist and writer Paul Arnoldussen‘s children, while they were all chatting and having dinner with their dad at Café Scheltema, Amsterdam.
(Click to view large)



ARGUS – exhibition

ARGUS – exhibition ‘the reader of the newspaper’, Wassenaar public library, March 18 – April 15. With photos, cartoons and drawings by: Eddy Posthuma de Boer, Bert Nienhuis, Daniel Koning, Michiel Wijdeveld, Maartje Jaquet en Bert Verhoeff (who all work for ARGUS). My contribution is a triptych of drawings of my husband Rogier van der Ploeg.

ARGUS – Passanten

ARGUS – Passanten
Very happy with my own drawings section on the back page of the beautiful new Dutch national author’s newspaper ‘Argus’. I just received the first issue at the festive presentation in Café Restaurant Scheltema in Amsterdam. From tomorrow the first subscribers  will receive their paper magazines in their letterbox. More information (in Dutch) on

#Passanten #AmsterdamseMensen #WeAreOnePeople #ieder1

Nasty Women Amsterdam

Nasty Women Amsterdam Art Exhibition
Don’t miss it. Bring money. Buy art. Be good.
Exhibition at Josilda da Conceição Gallery from March 4 – 12. The opening reception was a blast, people waiting in the street to get in. More than 240 art works have been donated by 186 participating artists (f/m). My donation consisted of a series of three ‘Nasty Women’ collages, all of them have already been sold, together with 130+ other art works. The exhibition continues until march 12th, so there’s still a chance you can acquire art for low prices (€1 – €200) and for a good cause. All profits go to causes like Women on Waves, COC Amsterdam and She Decides.

Josilda da Conceicao Gallery
Wormerveerstraat 15
1013 SJ Amsterdam

Dump Trump Artist Protest Amsterdam

Dump Trump Artist Protest Amsterdam
WG Kunst, Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 28, Amsterdam
Saturday, February 25, 13:00 – 17:00
Sunday, February 26, 13:00 – 17:00
More than 20 artists have created an artistic statement for art gallery WG Kunst (Amsterdam). It will be a varied exhibition with paintings, videos, cartoons, three-dimensional work, texts, poems and more.
My contribution is a mix of “Subway Line Drawings NYC & Metro Line Drawings Amsterdam” in solidarity with the people of the United States, and also because the need to show the humanity of us people here just as much, with the upcoming elections in March I keep my fingers crossed …

CD Jan Nijdam Kwartet

CD Jan Nijdam Kwartet: Bij de Dieren Thuis
Modern Jazz music composed by Jan Nijdam (double bass). The other musicians are Michiel Scheen, Alan Purves and Tobias Delius.
Drawings and graphic design by me, music by Jan Nijdam.