Robert Gordon University, Gray's School of Art
Josephine Broekhuizen (born 1956 in The Hague) is a Dutch artist living in Scotland, known for work with distorted perspectives.
Start of her career
After her studies at Academy for Visual Arts in Rotterdam (1977 – 1981, she married and moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, where she continued her studies at Gray's School of Art (1982 – 1984), where she graduated. One of her graduation pieces Woman with Mirror won her first prize in the Aberdeen Artists Exhibition .
Shortly after she moved to London where she lived in Hammersmith. Most of her paintings from this early period have a gloomy aspect with half hidden faces, and often her dog/daughter features.
In 1987 Josephine remarried a Scottish artist Tim Pomeroy (sculptor and painter and they lived alternatively in Scotland and Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. Her painting style became a bit softer. Due to finances, the cottage in Friesland had to be sold. A large number of her works made during this time still remain with a collector in Leeuwarden in Friesland. They settled in a farm cottage south of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and Josephine took on a job as housemaid in Lee Castle near Lanark. On discovering her talents, Lady Patricia of Lee set her to decorate several of the rooms with murals.
After moving to the Isle of Arran, a new period started. With fantastic views of the Firth of Clyde and the Holy Isle, the sea started to feature strongly in her work. Birds and shells are also frequently seen. A number of her paintings started off as smaller paper collages, which were then reproduced in paint on a larger canvas. Josephine also got heavily involved with several school art projects.