by Robbie LoweryPosted on

Amsterdam-based painter Femke Hiemstra has once again made it across the pond to Seattle’s Roq la Rue to delight us with her enchanted lands. The level of detail is uncanny and each piece, whether large or small, has a story to tell. As an added touch, the works in “Let The Devil Wear Black” are all exquisitely framed, demonstrating that Hiemstra’s attention to detail doesn’t end when the painting stops. Read more after the jump!

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

On December 7, Dutch painter Femke Hiemstra will open a solo show at Roq la Rue in Seattle titled “Let the Devil Wear Black.” A series of brand new mixed-media paintings, the new show delves into the complex world of Hiemstra’s anthropomorphized animal characters. Painted in a playful style with hints of 19th-century nostalgia, the paintings are imbued with a magnitude of mythological proportions. We see the characters navigate a mystical world that reflects the struggles of our own. “Let the Devil Wear Black” opens on December 7 and runs through January 5. Take a look at our preview courtesy of Roq la Rue after the jump.

by Jane KenoyerPosted on

For our Inside the Sketchbook series we have the unique opportunity to take a look inside of Amsterdam artist Femke Hiemstra’s sketchbooks. Hiemstra was featured in Hi-Fructose Volume 8. Her paintings are a mixed representation of humorous, emotionally charged characters, with the darker concerns of humanity. She has the unique ability to make a flower look sinister, a snowman seem suicidal, or a moon look nervous. Her work is stunning, both conceptually and aesthetically, and each painting pulls us inside to witness her characters act out their unique dramas within a beautifully rendered environment.

by Robbie LoweryPosted on

The cold and rain didn’t dampen spirits one bit for the opening of Ryan Heshka‘s “Instinction” (previewed here) and Femke Hiemstra‘s “The Timid Cabbage” (previewed here) at the Roq la Rue Gallery on November 11th. Both artists are displaying new works that are advancing their abilities with Heshka’s vividly distinctive mix of contrasting colors and Hiemstra’s extremely detailed graphite drawings.



Using a poem aptly titled “The Timid Cabbage” by Seattle artist Charles Krafft, Hiemstra has illustrated eleven pieces, each with a quatrain detailing the adventures of a cabbage-come-to-life in true fairy-tale fashion. Each quatrain is elegantly hand written by Hiemstra on the mat framing the drawing and details the dreaming cabbage’s escape from a mundane life toiling the fields, his journey to far off lands, and finally to his ascension as a heavenly body.



Ryan Heshka once again delves into a world influenced by the sci-fi of the 1940’s and 50’s, and explores thoughts about technology and architecture. Rather than have you believe you’re looking onto another world, Heshka’s paintings hint that they are indeed based on Earth, perhaps an altered timeline where the government and society in general has gone too far in experimenting with improving life. Some of these experiments have created building sized monsters while others seem bent on controlling the populace and turning them into non questioning zombies. 

- Robbie Lowery

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

It might seem strange to Americans that “moon petit chou,” or “my little cabbage,” is a French term of endearment. But any doubts about the cuteness of a small cabbage will be dispelled upon viewing Femke Hiemstra‘s new series of drawings for her upcoming show at Seattle’s Roq La Rue Gallery. Casting this crunchy green vegetable as the protagonist in her latest body of work, Femke renders rotund, smiling cabbages in dynamic situations. The detailed graphite drawings recall antiquated illustrations, displaying moments of the cabbages’ adventures like pages from a storybook. Leaping in their leafy glory or meditating with other plants and animals, the smiling cabbages become a beacon of peace and harmony with the natural world. – Nastia Voynovskaya

by JL SchnabelPosted on

Mixed media artist Femke Hiemstra will bring her speculativevisual fictions to Merry Karnowsky Gallery on July 30th for a three -personshow including Audrey Kawasaki and Deedee Cheriel. Forming her fantastical paintingsaround a cast of odd characters usually involving anthropomorphic creatures andpersonified inanimate objects, the work is often composed on found objects suchas antique book covers and wooden clock bases. These interesting “canvas”choices lend themselves to the detailed works; showcasing a mastery of color andcomposition, freckled with immaculate typography. Take a peek at more previewimages after the jump.