Tilburg The Netherlands

Site specific installation ‘ROLIHLAHLA’ (meaning ‘creating disquiet’ and the birth name of Nelson Mandela).

Enormous portraits of mainly smiling prominent world leaders, hanging upside down on steel cables, filling a space at De Pont museum of Contemporary Art – Tilburg, The Netherlands. The work consists of four black Nobel peace prize winners (Nelson Mandela – Wangari Maathai – Desmond Tutu – Kofi Anan) and the white activist Michael Moore. From an entirely new position, the onlooker is asked to enter a different environment, and perception.

Ruud Strobbe Photography

Umuntu ngamuntu ngabuntu


“A person, An individual is a person through other persons.”

The title of the project is a saying from the Bantu language spoken mainly in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The proverb tells us that we are one in the encounter with someone else. A person is a person through/because of (other) people; you are who you are because of how you relate to others around you.

The original drawing is blown up to billboard size and poster size. We see an image of five boys standing proudly arm in arm in front of their newly installed graffiti, surrounded by symbolic references.

Inspired by the ideas of the art movement, Popart. Van de Griend turned the idea around and placed this work in a public space on a billboard to make a statement. The artwork is now visually removed from its former context and close to our fast consumer society, in which there are many billboards, posters and advertisements. Inappropriately these images and messages are forced upon the viewer. In this particular project Van de Griend deliberately picked these surroundings in order to provide a place to interact with the public.



We can trace the history of GOLD throughout mankind. Gold has always had value to humans, even before it was money. The Incas referred to gold as the “tears of the Sun.” These golden works were made by Van de Griend in South Africa, inspired by the history of Gold and the influence of Gold on society.

Funded by The Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands.

Reincarnation of Jheronimus Bosch?

These large size oil paintings are characterized by haunting  figures in surreal landscapes, mystery and questions abound in the works and mirror the aesthetic of Bosch. J. Bosch was an artist of his time and Van de Griend bears striking similarities to his work.  A recent article in the German newspaper, BZ described Van de Griend as “Die Frau, die in Berlin die Wande Feiert”: directly translated it means: “The woman in Berlin who celebrates the walls.”

Eveline van de Griend is born in the city where Jheronimus Bosch lived and worked, Den Bosch.  Her current works are inspired by the powerful visual language of Bosch. Followers of van de Griend’s  work will recognize elements of older works and sculptures flowing in the new pieces. Her works invite a dialogue with the viewer. There is depth and perspective in the work and brings the viewer in a state of alienation and sometimes even disgust. Heaven and hell are visualized by separate rooms in this work.

With a nod to the surreal landscapes that pervade the work of Bosch, van de Griend creates her own world with a visionary view of the here and now, and can be viewed perhaps as a reincarnation of the Dutch master.

Mediums of the Modern City

MEDIUM (noun)

plural: media, mediums

– A specific kind of artistic technique or means of expression as determined by the materials used or the creative methods involved.

– A person thought to have the power to communicate with the spirits of the dead or with agents of another world or dimension. Also called psychic.

Historically influenced oil-painted portraits that cast a critical eye on modern day social issues.
Mediums walks along a fine line connecting the artists’ inner voice with the ever changing landscape of the city outside.

Haus Schwarzenberg

History Shall Be Kind To Me

‘The greatest insult is to be ignored.’ Van de Griend realized that in Dutch art History of the Golden Age the main focus was on white people. The ‘denial’ of black people in the Dutch paintings at that time, made her aware of her own History. This became the starting point of a series portraits of African/Afro American representatives of the Hip-hop scene and African Kings and Queens. She plays with historical time-lines inspired by Dutch painters of the Golden age and invented her own and named it ‘History Shall Be Kind Me’. Inspired by a quote of Sir Winston Churchill (British politician 1874 – 1965) “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

In the monochrome paintings of “History Shall Be Kind To Me…” Haile Selassie is wrapped in the Royal Dutch Coat with symbols of the Dutch and Egyptian lion. And Marcus Garvey, a pioneer in the struggle for civil rights for black people in the United States deserves his new title as Master MG seated on the seat of Abraham Lincoln. The works arise from removing paint, instead of applying it. She approaches the canvas as a sculpture, colour, weight gains meaning as she carefully remove the paint, a process in which the presentation layer by layer to the fabric is withdrawn. Because of the size and colour the impact of these works on a photographic view is not always obvious. The manner of presentation is essential. The paintings are not stretched, but hung like a tapestry on the wall.