Sharon is an Auckland artist who was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands and moved to Auckland as a child. She comes from an artistic background, her late grandfathers on both sides worked as professional fine artists in Holland.
Sharon started painting in 1999. She has worked as professional artist ever since. Today she is still unable to keep up with the demand for her work.
Her first work sold overnight –hung in the window of the GILLAN GALLERY. Shortly after DUYMEL was invited to have her first SOLO Exhibition at the GILLAN GALLERY. It was a great success and sold out.
Sharon has worked as artist full-time ever since. She is still unable to keep up with the demand for her work and has since sold in excess of 100 paintings.
Sharon embarked her painting career with the simple and beautiful representation of the NZ Toetoe. Extracting her visuals from the natural NZ environment. This has developed into themes of familiar NZ sights. She finds this to be a blueprint for her work. Her figurative work captures precious moments in time by elevating them and putting them at the forefront of our NZ identity.
Sharon is represented by reputable galleries all around NZ. She continues to develop herself as an emerging artist and exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions. DUYMEL is regularly commissioned to do pieces privately. A lot of DUYMEL's work goes overseas.
Sharon Duymel - Artist Statement
As I paint, I find myself subconsciously expressing the moods and emotions of the daily ride through life. Often I am surprised to see what it is that comes to surface in my works.
Painting slows down the mind and forces you to look in the face of what you are living everyday.
I seem to use nostalgic visuals familiar to us in NZ as a body through which to illustrate the drama of life.
I like to paint simple, beautiful forms that are not trying to be anything other than what they are, no complex meanings, just open honest gestures displaying the effects of being weathered by the varying storms of life.