I'm Nelleke Verhoeff, an artist / illustrator based in Rotterdam in Holland. I started my professional career as a theater-performer. Together with my partner we travelled through the Netherlands and parts of Europe. We made physical and visual theater, using circus techniques and masks. We played for adults and children in theaters, on the street and in schools.
In the meantime I discovered my love for drawing, painting and digital art. I did an intensive painting training at the Vrije Academie Rotterdam. In 2007 we changed direction and started Yepr, a company, which made websites and applications. Design was my part. It was then I found out what my real passion is: making art and illustrations.
I'm mostly inspired by people, I love to watch their attitudes and facial expressions. I like to tell little stories with my work. In 2011 I started a face a day project. I made a different face for 365 days and I still love the subject very much! My work has been described as whymsical, colorful and poetic.
Red Cheeks Factory
Besides Yepr, I started my own company: Red Cheeks Factory. (Red cheeks stand for enthusiasm, but also for shyness and excitement. I often have red cheeks while I’m working and also my characters have).
And in several shops in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
Books and publications:
'We liefden nog lang en gelukkig' love poetry book in cooperation with Geert De Kockere - September 2016 - De Eenhoorn
'Uitrafelen' Bundel met gedichten van Geert De Kockere rond het thema dementie - Augustus 2016 - Pigmalion
'Vederlicht' haiku book (part of a trilogy) in cooperation with Geert De Kockere - published June 2016 - Pigmalion
'Tussen oevers van fluitenkruid' haiku book (part of a trilogy) in cooperation with Geert De Kockere - published June 2016 - Pigmalion
'Stil verwateren' haiku book (part of a trilogy) in cooperation with Geert De Kockere - published March 2015 - Pigmalion
Hoedendag! Poems by Geert De Kockere - Illustrations by me - published Oktober 2015 - Pigmalion
Kunst Agenda - Art Diary 2013
Illustrati Magazine (special edition) released on the Bologna Children Book Fair 2012
The Morran Book Project by Camilla Engman - 2011
Kunst Agenda - Art Diary 2007
Illustrarte 2016 - Big International Illustration exhibition - Electricity Museum - Lissabon - Portugal - 2016
'Terugkijken' - Galerie Oker - Amsterdam - 2015
'This is not Delft' - Galerie XS - Delft - Summer 2015
'Illustrations' - Galerie XS - Delft - 2015
'Like' - Galerie Oker - Amsterdam - 2014
Filter - Amsterdam - 2014
Raamexpositie Aan De Kade - Rotterdam -2014
Gerakel en Gedruk, Pand Paulus - Schiedam - 2013
'Aan Tafel' - Galerie Oker - Amsterdam - 2013
Marché du Nord - Rotterdam - 2013
Route du Nord - Rotterdam - 2013
Smart - Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - 2013
Boekhandel Kniphorst - Wageningen - 2012
KunstSchouw Westerschouwen - Zeeland - 2006
Galerie de Kwartel Kijkduin - 2006
Theater Restaurant De Lawei - Drachten - 2006
Groene Passage Galerie - Rotterdam - 2006
Van Ostadetheater - Amsterdam - 2005
Beelden in de Herfst - Delfgauw - 2005
Theater Pierrot - Den Haag - 2005
Galerie de Kwartel - Kijkduin - 2004