On 9 October, King Willem-Alexander awarded the Royal Prize for Painting to four young artists. Lennart Lahuis, a former student of the Fine Art programme in Zwolle (now based in Arnhem), was one of the lucky winners.
Lennart Lahuis (1986) modified photo reproductions using beeswax in such a way that the work is partly invisible and partly transparent.
The Dutch language newspaper Trouw said: ‘Using (this technique), Lahuis seeks to emphasise the fluidity of images in Western culture.’
All winners receive a prize of €6,500. The prize money is intended to help talented artists during the beginning of their careers. The prize has been awarded by the head of the Royal House every year since 1871. In total, 24 young artists were nominated for the prize this year. Their work will be exhibited in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam until 15 November.
In the past, there have been other ArtEZ alumni and teachers who have won this prize, including Kim Norren and Evi Vingerlingstraat. We warmly congratulate Lennart and the Fine Art programme on this prestigious award!