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Yvonne Melchers

For an extensive illustrated overview of her work, please see the essay Kloosterboer on Melchers that artist/writer Lorena Kloosterboer published at Medium.com in June 2020

Artist Yvonne Melchers showcases her mastery of light and form in her sumptuously detailed paintings of subjects both  intimate and universal. Whether painting a scene from her beloved North Sea Shore, the portrait of a strong but vulnerable young man dressed for the historical Siena Palio round, or the rumpled sheets and textures of a Venice hotel room, Melchers infuses each with a glow that speaks of the real and the ethereal.  Precise technical skills join a rich historical palette and striking compositions in paintings that leave an indelible impression. (2019, Alessandro Tomassetti, artist)

Yvonne Melchers
(born in Haarlem, The Netherlands) studied at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam, but had to leave after only one year on account of  too many other obligations. She always continued to draw and paint next to her work at the Academic Hospital in Amsterdam. In 2009 she could quit her job and from then on she has painted full-time. Apart from the one year at the Art Academy and some short courses she is self-taught. Her work is realistic-figurative, with a strong preference for oil paint. Generally using the paint straight from the tube and using mostly bristle brushes she has developed her own impasto technique where the brush strokes  are clearly visible. For all of her work in oil she uses a very limited palette, the  “colours of Monet”, which are five colours besides the whites.


Through the years her main themes have been the Dutch coasts with their cool light and the warm Italian life in all it’s aspects. The Rooms with a View are predominantly situated in Italy. Since 2013 she has been working on a series Siena Palio Portraits, which are portraits of modern Italian men and boys who – wearing wigs and historical costumes – take part in the Historical Procession, the Corteo Storico,  that precedes the Siena Palio,  the famous horse race, that takes place twice a year (more information about the Siena Palio can be found on www.ilpalio.org). She has also made a small series of still lifes and every now and then she likes to paint a commissioned portrait or other subject. Since 2001 she has been working in The Netherlands and in Italy (Siena) alternately, and although this caused her some restlesness, she found the contrast in daily life, light and colour inspiring and challenging. From April 2012 she remains in The Netherlands.

Museum Møhlmann

In 2013 she has been made a member of the Group of Contemporary Dutch Masters of realistic and figurative art that exhibit in the Museum Møhlmann in Appingedam (Northern Netherlands) on a regular basis.

Galería ArteLibre

Invitation from this gallery in Zaragoza/Spain to participate in the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary “20 Años en 20×20” of this gallery in 2019. This traveling exhibition, in which 200 of the best contemporary realist painters in the world participate, consists of small works of 20×20 cm. and was held at Palazzo Bantierra in Zaragoza and  at the MEAM Museum in Barlona in 2019. In March 2020 a third exhibition was planned in Italy, but was postponed due to the Corona crisis and will probably be held in 2021.

Galleries and Museums

Besides at the Museum Møhlmann her work is/was exhibited at Gallery Rijlaarsdam in Nieuwkoop, Gallery De Vreugd & Hendriks in Zandvoort, Gallery Lauswolt in Olterterp, Gallery Bonnard in Nuenen, Gallery Staphorsius in Westzaan, Gallery Montulet in The Hague and Gouda, Gallery Pictura in Aijen, Gallery Terbeek in Beetsterzwaag, all in the Netherlands, and at Galería ArteLibre in Zaragoza/Spain, Abend Gallery in Denver/Colorado and the Museum MEAM in Barcelona/Spain.
On Artsy.net, the large and succesful virtual art website,  some of her works are exhibited and for sale through Abend Gallery in Denver and 33Contemporary Gallery in Chicago.

Her painting Room 32/Venetian Summer was selected for participation in ZomerExpo 2012 (Summer Exhibition 2012) in the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) in The Hague.

BP Portrait Award

The portraits Siena Palio III (Istrice) and Siena Palio XI (Torre) from the series Siena Palio Portraits were semi-finalists in 2015 and in 2018 respectively in the prestigious  BP Portrait Award competition of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Figurativas Museum MEAM Barcelona

The paintings The Shell Seekers/North Sea Blues and Dutch Delight III/North Sea Blues from the series The North Sea  were selected in 2017 and 2019 respectively as semi-finalists of Figurativas, one of the greatest international competitions for contemporary realistic/figurative art. The compatition is organized every two years by the Museo Europeo d’Art Modern (MEAM). The names and works of the semi-finalists are published in the accompanying catalogue.

ModPortrait Galería ArteLibre and Museum MEAM

The portraits Siena Palio V (Comune) and Siena Palio XVIII (Tartuca) from the series Siena Palio Portraits were selected as semi-finalists in 2017 and 2020 respectively of this important annual internation exhibition on contemporary portraiture. The competition is organized by Galería ArteLibre in collaboration with the MEAM Museum in Barcelona. The names of the semifinalists of 2020 and an image of their work will be featured in the special catalogue ModPortrait 2020.

Art Renewal Center (ARC)

In 2019 the portrait Siena Palio XIII (Nicchio) was finalist in the category Figurative  in the 14th International Salon Competition, the largest international competition on contemporary realism (almost 5000 submissions from 80 countries). This portrait was featured in the beautiful accompanying very heavy catalogue.

In 2020 the diptych Siena Palio XVI and XVII (Aquila) and the work Dutch Delight III/North Sea Blues became semi-finalists in the categories Portraiture and Figurative respectively. The names of the semifinalists and the images of their works will be featured at the website of the ARC

The Dutch Portrait Award

In October 2016 two portraits of her series Siena Palio Portraits were selected and exhibited at the Weekend of the Portrait in Amsterdam, which was organized by the Dutch Portrait Award Foundation.

In 2017 a portrait of her series Siena Palio Portraits was selected semi-finalist for the Dutch Portrait Award.

In June 2019 her portrait Prof.Dr.M.J. Heineman and Amsterdam was nominated for The Dutch Portrait Award 2019. This portrait, together with 49 other nominations, was exhibited at the castle Slot Zeist from September 1st through November 17th, 2019.

Exhibitions and Publications

Please check the different chapters Exhibitions and Publications on this website.


On Facebook she has been  made member of the artist groups Poets/Artists (US), Master Painters and Sculptors of the World (FR), The Representational Art Group (US) and Today’s Grandmasters of Fine Art (GB). In the Italian Museum of  Contemporary Art  (IT)  a room dedicated to her work – Sala Yvonne Melchers –  has been created.

The paintings of Yvonne Melchers have not only been sold in The Netherlands, but can also be found in collections in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, The United States and Australia.

February 2021

Yvonne Melchers

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