At first sight her paintings look like fields of spots and stripes and full of color. A playful interplay of light, color and movement. By looking a bit longer landscapes appearing, both on canvas and in mind. Impressions of nature as dunes, seaweeds, mountain paths, flowers, spots of open water. Translating the scene and sensory experiences in an intuitive and associative way.
‘Her paintings express the direct perceptible energy, the artists knows the look, smell, colors of landscape and biotopes that form her subjects. She paints with oilpaint and eggtempera and her drawings are in ink and watercolor. She loves to makes her own eggtempera, it lends itself perfectly to give form to her senses and gives her direct access to set up a painting in a free state of mind.  This way of painting leads to beautiful discoveries and clarity in the painting itself. ‘ (MOW)

The paintings of Ilse Brul are included in Artcollections of Rabobank, Museum de Buitenplaats, Van der Hoeven Kliniek and various private collections. Also some commissions of nature conservation organizations. She showed her work in various galleries and museums, including Museum de Fundatie, Museum Belvédère, Museum de Buitenplaats, MOW, Museum Wierdenland and in public areas including the Martini Hospital, UMCG, the Floriade Venlo and The University of Groningen.


Higher Education Interstudy Nijmegen, Art Teacher Drawing 2nd degree, 1990-94
ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhemt, Art Teacher Drawing 1st degree, 1994-96 
Radboud University, Comparative Art Sciences, Master of Arts, 1996-99

About my work

Selection of photo’s and/or texts included in:
Kijk als een kunstenaar, Monica de Ruiter, Uitgeverij Meulenhoff, May 2021
De biotopen van Ilse Brul, Susan van de Berg, Leeuwarder Courant, Friese galerij, juli 2018
Our work in the picture, interview door Titia Struiving voor FEBRATIONS, University of Groningen, July 2017
De Klassieke Salon – lustrumboek Klassieke Academie, 2016
Catalogue Improvisaties op Wind, water, wad, Museum Belvédère Heerenveen/Oranjewoud, H. Steenbruggen en E. Bruinsma, 2015
‘Ilse Brul in eindronde Van Gogh-wedstrijd’ – AVROTROS – Dagblad van het Noorden, 2015 
Kunstkalender 2014, Martiniziekenhuis Groningen
De Wadden & De Ploeg en hun omgeving, E. Bos, 2013
Kijkdozen Museum de Buitenplaats, Tuin der Lusten, You Tube, film van H.Tulp, 2012
Onder duizend kleuren grijs, H. Zwier, 2011
Ilse Brul, Museumgide De Buitenplaats, Bulletin Eelder Eden, oktober 2011
Gesprek met Ilse Brul, Museumgide De Buitenplaats, Bulletin Bloemen, augustus 2010
Temporary Landscapes, SLEM – Windnomade op Terschelling & New York Island, 2009