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Paintings by Monique Leliefeld

Welcome to this page dedicated to the brilliant contemporary artist Monique Leliefeld. Monique is a Dutch painter of emotion. Her figurative technique is excellent, and she uses her precise style to capture fleeting emotions inside abstract paintings. Truly evoking emotions from the viewer with her work. Seeing her work in real life is truly exceptional; a picture online does not convey the feeling that her work can elicit. Feel the depth of one of her paintings today!

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Mysterious Power Series

Joy Series

Mind the Red Line Series

About the paintings Leliefeld makes

Monique Leliefeld (1947) is a painter of emotion. She works and reworks her paintings until an essence of emotion is distilled into her forms. Standing in front of her work immediately twangs a feeling in the viewer. Her joie de vivre series evokes an immediate sense of happiness. The emotion in Mysterious Power is not raw or wild but subdued strength. Her technique masterfully works in texture and different stratification in all her work. Lovely to behold an envelope a room.

Monique's technique can best be described as abstract but painted with a figurative fine-art painter's precision. She started as mainly a figurative painter. Taking inspiration from her Dutch heritage and Dutch Masters. Her painting style has progressed over the years, from figurative to her current abstract paintings. Her Impressions of Tuscany painting is an example of her figurative mastery, whilst Sun and Beach is a combination of her abstract style and figurative style. Many critics believe that to master abstract art, one must first master figurative art. One can not just paint abstract as an artist; one has to slide into it all together with being aware of the process's technical formality.
Monique's oeuvre has taken this formal process of transitioning from painstakingly precise figurative art to painstakingly detailed abstract art. She works and reworks artworks and sometimes makes use of mixed media items to strengthen abstract pieces. She is continually thinking about the use of colour, texture and composition to distil emotions onto canvas. Her style is clean and precise, even abstract or seemingly looser works.

Recent Art Exhibitions



  • Solo Exhibition: Rise, Het Kruispunt, Voorschoten.
  • Solo Exhibition: Mysterious Power Series, Vereniging Ouderenbelang Voorschoten (VOV), Voorschoten


  • Group Exhibition- "50 Tinten Rood", Museum Voorschoten, Voorschoten


  • Duo Exhibition, Voorschoten Library, Voorschoten


  • Base Clear Biochemical, Leiden.
  • Zomerzotheid, Museum Voorschoten, Voorschoten 


  • Group Exhibtion, Museum Voorschoten, Voorschoten


Other exhibition spaces include;

  • Head Offices of Shell, The Hague
  • Wooon  Woonboulevard in Leiderdorp
  • Verpleeghuis Wijckerslooth Oegstgeest

Art Collections

Leliefeld's work has been collected by art collectors in The Netherlands, Singapore, Ivorycoast and Japan. 

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March 2022

Interview: Curator Finizia Taddeo

Finizia Taddeo is an art curator, born in to the arts. She studied Art, Valorisation (creating value from knowledge through making it accessible) and the Art Market, at The University of ULIM in Milan. She is currently a gallery assistant in Milan and has also written for AgCult, a news site for the arts and culture sector. Finizia has explored Adéle's work by intimately acknowledging what Adéle as an artist says about her work and Finizia's Italian theoretical knowledge and affinity with abstract art.

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February 2022

Interview: Artist Adéle du Plessis

Adéle du Plessis (1969) is an accomplished contemporary artist. She works in a diverse series of mediums. She oscillates between painting figurative art, with quilting and exploring how the materials that make art can be the subject of the art. Often all these elements are incorporated into mixed media pieces. The interview was done in Afrikaans. The interview is translated into English, with the original Afrikaans in italic underneath the English translation.

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December 2021

Interview: Curator Paulina Capilla

Paulina Capilla is an accomplished art curator, who has studied Art History at The University of Berkeley and The University of Amsterdam. She has assisted and curated multiple art exhibitions for several museums and galleries, as an intern for The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. She currently is the Exhibition Curator at JetBrains Expo (JetBrains TechLab Amsterdam). She was also a research assistant at the RKD - The Institute for Art History. The RKD is one of the world's leading documentation and research institutes for Art History. As well as completing her internship at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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August 2021

Interview: Curator Miracle May

Miracle May is a South African museologist and  second-year master's student studying Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) at the University of North-West in South Africa. A pioneer multidisciplinary programme within the art and academic world. Her core courses being in art and artefact preservation.

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May 2021

Interview: Jeanette Olyhoek

Jeanette Olyhoek is a Dutch painter and sculptor in Voorburg. Her amazing Dutch seascapes and landscapes are currently on exhibition at the Gallery.  The interview was in Dutch, but is translated into English with the original Dutch answers put below. Jeanette kindly took the time us to answer these 11 questions about her and her art.

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January 2021

Loving Art in a Pandemic

We asked the Art Historian Wouter Maas to reflect on how his art interactions have changed during the ongoing Pandemic. Wouter Maas started describing the art at the Gallery Sorelle Sciarone in March 2020.

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Interview: Marko Klomp

Marko Klomp is a Dutch painter and poet. His latest series; Left Behind has been curated together with some of his other landscape paintings by Art Historian Wouter Maas. The interview was in Dutch, but is translated into English with the original Dutch answers put below. Marko kindly obliged us to answer these 11 questions about him and his art.

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