Art Study

Daphne Louter was born in the lowlands of Holland in a town called Heiloo in 1975. She grew up loving to draw, paint, tinker with fabrics and take photographs.

At the age of seventeen she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. She graduated four years later with a degree in printmaking. After winning a couple of scholarships she hopped across the north-sea to study Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.


She continued to live in bonny Scotland for the next twelve years. Here some of her work included forays into photography, hand-drawn animation, illustration, design and window dressing. Daphne also taught illustration at Edinburgh College of Art for several years and ran art and animation workshops all over Scotland.

In 2009 she returned to her native Holland, got married and had a pair of twins (a boy and a girl!). Here she continues to paint and illustrate and turn her hand to whatever comes along. Daphne now lives in Haarlem with her family.


About her work she says: "In my work I try and combine all the things I love in art. The North European colour palette, subdued light and tonal greys. A sense of the absurd combined with my love of animals.

Through the strong illustrative qualities in my work I try and evoke curiosity in my audience. I like them to wonder 'Hey, what's going on here?' And then, for them to fill in the blanks themselves, writing their own story..."