Nan Mulder

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Nan Mulder was born in Leiden, the Netherlands. She studied painting and printmaking at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1967-?72) and the Art College of Kraków, Poland (1972-?73). In 1996 she also graduated from Edinburgh University with a MA (Hons) in English Literature. She taught printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in Dublin. In the 1990s she was a regular resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland and in 2016 she attended the ZairaZaka International Print Residency in Islamabad, Pakistan. As a major artist of the mezzotint she has participated bi-annual since 2011 in the International Mezzotint Festival (IMF) in Ekaterinburg, Russia. At the I IMF she was shortlisted for the Prize of Originality and Breaking Classical Boundaries. At the III IMF she was invited as a member of the international jury, and in 2017 the IMF awarded het with the title of International Mezzotint Ambassador. Nan Mulder has written many articles about mezzotint artists for the international print magazine Printmaking Today.

As the pioneer of the mezzotint in Scotland, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Art Colleges of Glasgow, Belfast, Amsterdam, Groningen and Kathmandu and taught Mezzotint Masterclasses at a.o. Edinburgh Printmakers. Sometimes she combines the mezzotint with intaglio and relief printing, photogravure, chine collé or gold leaf. Besides her solo shows, her work has been extensively exhibited in many national and international exhibitions.

Nan Mulder lived for nearly 30 years in Scotland and Ireland. In 2013 she moved back to the Netherlands where she now lives and works. Her work often relates to the countries she lives in, or to the places she visits.  It is the distance from the known world and the discovery of other landscapes, values and cultures, which helps her to find a visual language for the inner world. The aim of her work is to map this journey of discovery, which leads to imaginary rooms; landscapes beyond geography and time zones; prints that look like pages from mysterious books; invitations to internal travel.

Nan Mulder is an elected professional member of Landelijke Kunstenaars Vereniging De Ploegh, Grafiekgroep Bergen en Grafiekplatform in the Netherlands, as well as a member of the PCANZ, (Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand).


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