Ada Breedveld

Biography of Ada Breedveld 
Ada Breedveld was born in Dordrecht at the start of the Dutch "hunger winter" in 1944. Together with Ada's brothers, her parents fled the ruined city of Rotterdam. Existence was difficult and hard, just as for any post-war child. Happily, Ada found a lot of enjoyment in drawing and painting.
      From nursery school age she grabbed every opportunity to experiment with colours and lines. Not a single piece of paper was safe from Ada's creativity. After her education she started work, but none of her positions gave her the enjoyment and satisfaction that she got from drawing and painting. So all her free time was spent on drawing and studying in order to improve her skills.
      Ada experimented with colours, materials and different themes. A magazine in which the meaning of the word surrealism is explained focussed her work on "the so-called free world". The occasionally rather cramped realism was replaced by imaginative, colourful and most of all joyful combinations. 
     By this time, Ada's artwork had developed enough to qualify her for a Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling (Graphic Artists Regulation). Now Ada could do what she loves doing: dedicate herself to art. Her career gained momentum. She came into contact with other artists and gallery owners and she contributed to various exhibitions, winning the public award at the Lijnbaan artist centre in Rotterdam.
     Together with other artists, who have a penchant for surrealism and magical realism, she travelled to Spain, Germany and France in order to visit the principal museums in Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. This also gave her the opportunity to speak with artists and to visit new galleries. An explosion of drawings and colourful paintings followed.
She got inspiration from her numerous foreign trips and meetings with writers, poets and graphic artists.
Ada was inspired and formed by artists such as: Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Salvador Dali and Félecien Robs.
       In 1980, Ada received her own gallery in a school building, where other artists also worked. There she befriended Edward Luyken and his wife, among others. Together with Edward, Ada decided a few years later to move to Amsterdam and to take up residence in a factory premises where they could live and work. Ada's children befriended Edward's children and together they started a new adventure.
 Ada Breedveld became known to a broad public thanks to her many exhibitions at home and abroad. Ada's art became popular. She painted large fish which are exhibited in a well-known Amsterdam restaurant. This helped her generate awareness among a specific artist public. It was in this period that she also went to Bergen op Zoom where her fish paintings were displayed in the well-known Sea aquarium. The work “Der Fisch Meines Lebens” (The Fish of My Life) was used for the cover of a German novel entitled “Bitte Wend(t)en”.

       Her best known works, in which Ada pictures her opulent and vivacious women, originate from the comic series Sjaantje. Ada created this comic series for her mother, who had suffered from corpulence during her lifetime. Ada wanted to let her mother come to life again in her work, emphasising the pleasant and jolly aspects. Her paintings are as it were a joyful renaissance of her mother. All this has been a source of inspiration for Ada Breedveld now for more than 25 years. The joyful pictures of ladies are now popular with a broad public and not only in the Netherlands. Ada has held exhibitions abroad, where she now also has numerous admirers. Ada's works are exported to Germany, America, England, Switzerland and Japan. 
      In the mean time, her gallery on the Bickerseiland has become too small to carry on working there and to sell her paintings at the same time. Since the spring of 2015, Ed de Graaf has shown his willingness to provide all commercial activities from the gallery in Bergen, North Holland. So her works are mostly exhibited and sold there.