I make sculptures, -usually made of textile-,  and my work typically tells a story with a strong associative character and is built up out of colourful sculptural elements. Animals play a significant role in my work.

I enjoy drawing, and I consciously start with drawing so that I am able to develop the image. It is essential that I develop and refine my work. I view this as very important as it appears to fit in with with the themes that fascinate me. The making of a sculpture becomes intertwined with ideas and time helps to bring these ideas into fruition and a final visible product.

My faith in God provides me with my inspiration. In my work I describe God as the source of hope, love and life and I reveal how I as a human being try to live with these realities. In my attempts to be in relationship with God human fallibility, “La condition humaine”, takes centre stage. Man is a finite being and is defined by his or her short-comings. The different works portray the various aspects of this fallibility: fear of others, the impossibility of being together, death, loneliness and the subsequent impotence. This results in ambivalence. A simultaneous hope and inevitable failure.

When I make these sculptures I translate these ideas into fables. These fantasy creations come into being to portray human passions and mannerisms. Using these animals and fabulous beings makes these lessons in morality endearing and easier to accept. My work functions like a classical drama: it mirrors humans in the form of these beings. This mirroring could work towards purification and in the end towards comfort.



1994-2000 Christelijke Hogeschool voor de kunsten ‘Constantijn Huygens’, Kampen, NL. Sculpture and 1st degree for teaching Arts and Crafts.


Prizes and scholarship:

2009 Public price: ‘a sort of Salon’ , Museum Gouda

2008 Basisstipendium, Fonds voor Beeldende kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst Amsterdam.

2001-2002 Startstipendium, Fonds voor Beeldende kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam.


Solo exhibition: 

2013 ‘Young talent’, PGGM Zeist

2011 ‘They’re just like humans’, Museumgouda

2011 ‘The small birdexhibition’, Roodbol, Gouda

2010 ‘Our beloved animals’, HBgalerie, Rotterdam

2008 De Vishal, Haarlem: ‘avaritia’, exhibition in the small hall

2006 Exhibition: ‘fabric’ in MuseumgoudA, Gouda

2005 Exhibition in Gereformeerde Hogeschool, Zwolle



2015 Catalogue Rijswijk Textile Biennale by Frank van der Ploeg.

2014 Mister Motley: ‘in dialogue with – art and everyday life’ by Lieneke Hulshof.

2014 Textiel Plus: ‘The studio of Henrique van Putten’ by Marjolein Starreveld.

2013 ‘Textiel leeft’: book about textile-art from the Netherlands and Belgium, by Ellen Bakker.

2012 Mister Motley: ‘Monstruous centaurs and howling woolfs’, by Danielle Frenken.

2011 ‘They’re just like humans’, catalogue with text by Anne Berk.

2009 AD Amersfoort: ‘Stuffed animals with a hard edge’ by Thea Figee.

2009 Textiel Plus: ‘Metaphor of powerlessness’ by Eveline Bijlsma.

2008 Volkskrant: ‘For sale – A gallery between Zeeman and H&M’ by Merel Bem.

2006  AD Groene Hart: ‘Eating and being eaten’ by Janny Eskes



2015 Positions Art Fair, Berlin: represented by Galerie Bart Nijmegen.


Group exhibition (selection):

2017 ‘ZomerExpo’, Galerie Bart, St. Stevenskerk Nijmegen.

2017 ‘Stof’, Stichting KunstWerkt, Schiedam.

2015-2016 ‘Breien/Knitting’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden.

2015 ‘handschoen in de kunst/gloves in art’, Pand Paulus, Schiedam.

2015 ‘The language of Material’, Galerie Bart Nijmegen.

2015 ‘woest/ferocious’, ZomerExpo 2015, Gemeente Museum den Haag.

2015 Textile Biennale 2015, Museum Rijswijk.

2015 ‘Textile-art’, Kunsthuis Secretarie, Meppel.

2014-2015 ‘De dark side of the beauty, NOCTURNE collective, Museum Gouda.

2014 ‘Buiten Beeld/Out of frame’, CODA, Apeldoorn.

2014 ‘De haring 9-daagse/The herring nine-day-march’, Galerie Posthuys, Texel.

2014 Kunstcentrum Zaandam. With Peter de Rijcke and Gertjan Scholten-Albers.

2013 Collective NOCTURNE, DAK, Geldrop.

2013 ‘Nieuwe Uitleenschatten’, CBK (Der Aa-kerk) Groningen.

2013 ‘textiel leeft/textile is alive’, Galerie Help U Zelven, Winterswijk.

2013 Collective NOCTURNE, Firma van Drie Gouda.

2013 RE: Rotterdam.

2012 ‘NOCTURNE’, Pulchri Den Haag. With Dindi, Marielouise Elshout and Birgitta Sundstrom Jansdotter.

2012 ‘Salon2012’, MuseumgoudA.

2012 ‘5x5x5’, anniversary exhibition Firma van Drie, Gouda.

2012 ‘Draadloos verbonden/Wireless connected’, Galerie van de Water, Eindhoven.

2012 ‘5th aniversary’, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam.

2012 ‘Draadloos verbonden/Wireless connected’, Pand Paulus, Schiedam.

2012 ‘Wat ons bindt/What’s connecting us’, RAR Spijkenisse.

2011 ‘Culture and Nature’, gallery at Art 388 te Rotterdam.

2011 ‘Zomerkunst/Summerart’, ‘t Regthuys, Nieuwkoop, duo exhibition with Natascha van den Berg

2011 ‘Expo in progress’, gallery 32-34, Amsterdam

2010 ‘Buitengewoon/Extraordinary’, Hoorn.

2010 Gallery ATH, Ulvenhout-Breda. ‘Instict 1’.

2010 Gallery Bart, Amsterdam. ’Jules van Hulst en Henrique van Putten’, duo show.

2009 Coda Apeldoorn, ‘De aard van het beest/The character of the beast’

2009 Cultura Ede,‘Aan tafel/Ready for diner’.

2008-2009 ‘Sons en daughters of Amersfoort’. Artproject and exhibition in the context of ‘Amersfoort 750 years’, commissioned by the community of Amersfoort and museum Flehite.

2009 ‘Animali’, gallery 32-34, Amsterdam

2009 ‘Een soort Salon/Some kind of Salon’, Gouda anno 2009, MuseumgoudA.

2008 Ruim 1 op 10, MuseumgoudA, Gouda: filmanimation ‘nightlife’.

2008 Gallery Bart, Nijmegen: exhibition of sculpture.

2008 HB gallery, Rotterdam.

2007 PEK, Ede: ‘verontrustend huiselijk/alarming domestic’.

2007 Gallery Bart, Nijmegen.

2007 ‘Retourn trip Schiedam – Gouda’, Stadsgalerie Gouda.

2006-2007 Gallery Phoebus, Rotterdam: ‘ladenkastproject/project from the cabinet’.

2005 CBK Deventer: Duo-exhibition with Wilma Koorn.