Anke Roder

Artist Focus
April 24, 2020

Anke Roder (Bayreuth 1964) is a Dutch based painter living in Zandeweer, north coast of the Netherlands. Her studio is surrounded by a large artist garden, composed like a living color changing painting and combining form and structure of plants. These colors of nature are of great importance for her paintings. The blushing sky has similar shades of pink and red as the blooming roses, translated into color tones in her landscapes. Coastal walks reflect a greater space, empty planes and fields are changing every season and absorb the luminous skies. We remember clouds, shades and shadows, reflections of light, all together as a philosophical space. She always had a deep interest in natural surroundings and phenomena and works with an awareness of being part of a greater picture.


View on color: the landscape seen as floating colorfields, with subtle changes of light and atmosphere, Colour value, radiant colors surrounded by colour harmonies with painterly freedom


An orchestration of color: As a painter she creates soothing colour melodies of places inbetween the lost paradises and dreamed  utopias. Places she travelled resonate in her landscape paintings and refer to old masters in eastern and western landscapeart.

Combining  materials: the skypart painted in many layers of encaustic is a space of the unknown, the oilpart below with firm strokes of palette knife and brushes of different size is the materiality of our surroundings. Combining these two elementary different ways of painting we see unexpected color relationships and a relaxed approach to interpreting forms and shapes as seen in realistic landscapes.


Focus on the essential elements of coastal landscapes, the abstract distance of the horizon, empty places that connect future and past of all times.



In her botanic paintings and collage works we see a great sense of proportion – giving minor accents the right energy to have effect and tempering big surfaces just enough to prevent them from dominating.  And these especially ensure that the curious representations of vegetation comfort rather than haunt, enchant rather than alienate.