Lot 190 - Carla Kranendonk - Awa
Lot 190 - Carla Kranendonk - Awa

Lot 190 - Carla Kranendonk - Awa

Acrylic, Glue and Paper on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso

Carla Kranendonk (b. 1961, Steggerda, Netherlands) is an artist famous for her richly coloured images of strong African women. 


She studied Painting and Drawing at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam from 1984 to 1987, and since then has exhibited her paintings across the world. Kranendonk’s works combine vivid brushwork with hand-embroidered paper collage, as well as photographic elements. Her work is a tribute to the female characters she portrays, paying homage to black women’s beauty, strength, inspiration and power. 

Gallery Representation

She is represented by the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London, and her work is held in private collections in New York, Cape Town, the Middle East, Barbados, Curacao, Geneva, Israel and London. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.


2019 - Strong - Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London 2018 - Odalisque - Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London Awards: 2008 - Basisstipendium, Fonds van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdams 2005 - Black Magic Woman Award 2005 (Winner)

About the postcard artwork

I wanted to paint something positive about black women, showing their beauty and strength. I love to work with colour and patterns. I have been inspired by fabrics I had purchased during my extensive travels throughout Africa, and particularly in Senegal. I am always fascinated by the way women pay such careful attention to their beautiful clothes. I draw on these when creating my own patterns, giving my own signature to each one.