Artland magazine special edition featuring 14 Dutch art collectors

Collecting art is a personal journey which each collector navigates differently. However, all have one thing in common: the joy of sharing the fruits of their journey with likeminded.

To bring some of these captivating stories to life we have compiled fourteen interviews with Dutch art collectors, whom are all different but equally passionate about sharing their personal collector journey.

Meet Nina van Heuveln!

Name: Nina van Heuveln
Location: Amsterdam
Started collecting in year:  2016
Number of artworks in collection: 4                                             

Being a daughter of a gallerist made art advisor and collector Nina van Heuveln get an interest in art at an early age. Her curiosity brought her far and wide in the art world and eventually, it became an essential part of her life. For Nina, collecting art is a form of happiness.

Photos by Alexander Sporre Photography

Suzie Van Staaveren, TPC3.1

What is your earliest memory of art, and what led you to start collecting it?
My earliest memory of art dates back to my childhood. My mum was working in a gallery, and we had lots of works by Cobra artists at home, which sparked my curiosity, and ultimately made me choose art as an essential part of my life. After seeing a lot of art through my History of Art degree, I began collecting.

What is the main motivation behind your collecting?
The happiness and inspiration I get from it.

Is there a unifying element in your art collection?
I wouldn’t say that there is a unifying element as such, but next to the aesthetic visual image there has to be something meaningful in the art piece that triggers me to reflect.

Caroline Walker, First Blush

Is there a piece in your collection you have a particularly strong attachment to?
The work by Guler Ates, since it was my very first piece and I know the artist.
How important is it for you to meet the artist behind the artwork?
I really appreciate to meet an artist in person as it gives me more insight into his/her practice and perspective. I have met all the artists of the works in my collection, and I think back on these memories with huge joy.

Are there any particular artists who play a significant role in your collection and whose development you have followed closely?
That should be Caroline Walker as I had been following her for a long time prior to adding her to my collection.

How has your taste changed since you started collecting?
I would say that my taste is still the same. I am overjoyed with the works I have bought so far, and they resonate deeply with me on multiple levels.

How is the online art market evolving according to you?
The online art market and the art fairs are growing. Everyone has limited time to go to single galleries and is therefore searching for new ways to see and buy art in one place/app/website.
In your opinion, what is the role of an art collector in the making of art history?
An art collector stimulates the art market by buying art, which also stimulates the artists in making art. The big collectors even have a crucial effect on what will be perceived as important art.

Zuijderwijk Vergouwe, The cut

Where do you think the future of the art world is headed?
It think art will flourish around in the world with a specific focus on the big metropolises where the economy is booming.

Describe your collection in three words
Colourful. Texture. Layered.

Top three art destinations
London, New York, and Paris.
Three inspiring artists to watch
Janine van Oene, Pleunie Buyink, and Isaac Monte.

Guler Ates, Woman in Saskia’s Room