Atze Haytsma (1929)

Atze HaytsmaAtze Haytsma was educated to be a sculptor. At fourteen years old he started his professional career as an assistant of Geert Marree, just before the Dutch famine of 1944. After that he studied at the Applied Art School and the State Academy of Expressive Arts. He also learned how to glaze and work with modelling clay in a pottery to finally produce the designs of sculptors such as Bill Couzijn, Carel Kneulman, Marie Andriesse and many others.

Everything in his art revolves around shape, from his early works in stone to his current ones with wax. Photographing women also became an essential part of his life. Haytsma always photographs women naked because he considers clothing as a kind of lying mask. The absence of jewellery and other modern body embellishments make his images timeless.

For 25 years Atze has been capturing the tangible in moulding clay, the visible in photography and his thoughts in poetry. Three things that are inseparably linked.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 Solo show, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Nico Brons en Atze Haytsma, Foto Expo 202, Amersfoort, NL

Selected press
Please also check out Atze Haytsma at work here!
A great write-up on Haytsma’s life and work here!