Awarded 3rd Prize: Juried Exhibition 2018 Laguna Beach USA. Juror H. Bowling director Brea art gallery

Charlotte Burgmans 


Charlotte Burgmans (1964, Bergeyk Netherlands) took art classes before she even could write. Art is part of her life since then. Burgmans is considered a self-taught artist though she has followed art classes in many different disciplines such as ceramics, drawing, master classes painting, glass blowing and print making. Moving to the United States in 2003 brought an important boost to her art career. In California she followed master classes in painting and printmaking and took successfully part in so-called juried shows (in California, Texas, New York etc.). She had her first solo exhibition in October 2004. Burgmans has spent much of her career in California, currently she works from her studio in Hilversum, Netherlands. Her work is internationally collected in corporate and private collections. Dutch and American Film producers such as Touchstone, Paramount en Warner Brothers use Burgmans’ art works in their productions.


Burgmans' art style has undergone an evolution. Her works currently consists of wall reliefs and abstract paintings. Previously she was working figurative, but always taken into abstraction. During all those years she has worked in series. She would be studying and pushing a subject and approaching it from different sides. Most of her series where focused on nature, such as a shell series, the series ‘The taste of nature’ (consisting paintings with coffee beans, pineapples , tealeaves etc.), the series  ‘Normaal Amsterdams Peil’ paintings symbolizing the struggle of the Dutch with the water levels, an extended tree series etc. Since 2017 Burgmans focusses entirely on abstract works, in which she plays with lines, light and shadows.


Statement wall objects 

“The series Organized Chaos” is the result of my urge to find order and peace in chaos. In addition I developed a great fascination for the 'ZERO Art' movement.  The play of light and shadow and the soothing atmosphere, are intriguing for me. This ultimately led to these series, consisting of wall reliefs based on a pattern and handmade clay tiles. The tiles have been deliberately made 'irregular' by means of ridges. Light and shadow have a big influence on the work. Every moment of the day, and different light sources give the artworks a different dimension.”

Statement paintings

"My focus is predominantly on abstraction, whereby I like to work with compositions of shapes.  I want to invite the viewer to follow the interplay of lines. The overlapping layers symbolize connection, they occur precise but are often created intuitively with a variety of tools." 


Wall Object "Organized Chaos 05" has been awarded the 3rd prize at the 11th annual juried exhibition 2018 of Laguna Beach USA. 


I follow the train of my thoughts

The interplay of lines

Recurrent, fluent, scattered,

Marks on the canvas

Smooth, rough, or translucent

The representation of inter-connections

of emotions

Into a whole


Charlotte Burgmans works from her studio i in Hilversum NL.