The Originator Of Dance Calligraphy
Meeke Mutter is an artist from The Netherlands. She has been painting abstract art since 1998 when the mother of a close friend passed away and she wanted to paint something to make her friend feel better. She picked up a brush and has never stopped since.
When she could not find a beautiful dance poster she was inspired to make a dance painting and discovered a new way of capturing dance and movement. She calls her art “Dance Calligraphy” as she works with a fluid calligraphic brushstroke painting dancing figures. It is unique. She works mostly in acrylic. She still makes abstract art, also watercolors and has been exhibiting her art ongoing since 2003.
Meeke has her masters in Culture, Organization and Management (Social Sciences) from the Free University in Amsterdam (drs). She also completed studies at the HEAO in Enschede and studies in Senior Communication Consultancy. She has worked as communication consultant in The Hague for many years but decided to follow her heart and change careers to become an artist. She did not wanted to die and think “What if…”.
Meeke began her ballet training at the age of eight and has often performed. Watch her dance photo’s. Later she switched to competitive track and field in 100/200 meters. She came to New York City to study ballet again at age 38 as she kept dreaming of dancing ballet and stopped with track and field. Dance was her passion and she left all behind. She studied with great dedication at the Martha Graham Dance School, Dance New Amsterdam (on scholarship) and at Ballet Arts (Ballet and Voice). She dances and sings frequently (watch her videos at Art Work Dance on YouTube).
Meeke has blogged for the national Dutch Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ and has blogged for the national Dutch Dance Magazine ‘DANS’. She was interviewed by DANS about her choice to start dancing again at 38 after a break of 20 years and was interviewed by the Dutch ‘Smart&Sexy.nl’, lifestyle for women. She was interviewed by and on the cover of the Dutch magazine ‘De Dukenburger’.
Her artwork is exhibited frequently and has been used many times for dance flyers and posters for dance shows in NYC. She has donated several art pieces to the Netherland-America Foundation for the Peter Stuyvesant Ball in NYC and Washington DC.
Meeke was on national Dutch TV “VPRO” about her elementary school, art and dance. In 2015 she was on Dutch TV “TV Gelderland” about her life in NYC. She has designed beautiful motivational dance postcards, t-shirts and dance bags.
She also created a fashionable new look of Pointe Shoes by designing elegant pointe stickers, see here how she made the designs: Dance Calligraphy onto the Pointe Shoes. She was interviewed by DANS and DANCE Informa USA about it. The pointe stickers are called The Pointe Elegantia’s™️ and they have been trademarked.
DANCE Informa USA also wrote about Meeke’s art as it was used as inspiration for many ballet choreographies for the show Love & Memory by vibrant ballet company Dance En L’Air in NYC directed by Yuka Kawazu in fall 2018. Every ballet piece also had her art as backdrop. Beautiful!
Meeke Mutter: “I love colors, especially gold. I am inspired by dance, colors, nature and calligraphy. Being an artist means being able to focus, having patience, having the desire to create and knowing this is your purpose. This is how you can mean something to other people by sharing beauty and empowering energy.
I never envisioned myself a painter, a ballerina? Yes. When I was 29 years I picked up a brush and started painting, liking it and starting to really love it surprised by what came out of my hand. In all my art you can find my heart. I never paint from an example or copy an image. All my art is original.
A friend described my art once as Elegance in Motion and I loved that. Over the years I have been adding more vibrant colors to my work and started making really big works for which I had to cut my own brushes as for my technique there are no right brushes anywhere. Talent is great but one needs ongoing hard work to maintain and master the skills.”