Being fascinated by the act of creation since her early childhood, Badriah Suzanna Hamelink emerged as a sculptor in 2006 and became known for her minimal yet monumental gestures in stone. Intrigued with form, she studied at the Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands, in Pietrasanta Italy, at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Belgium, where she received a grant to study at the Fine Arts Academy of Athens in Greece. She completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Belgium and graduated with honors.
Fathered by Dutch poet and writer Jacques Hamelink and with the founder of the first Arab study center in the Netherlands for a grandmother, Badriah grew up in a predominantly intellectual environment. Nevertheless she found her own route leading away from the rational towards the intuitive. From scarily fragile to bold and rough, her works never fail to use the power of suggestion.
In 2017 Badriah founded Atelier BSH, continuing the production of her artworks in stone and metal. Her works have been shown in galleries and museums in New York, Luxembourg, Stockholm, Milan, Prague, Hawaii and Amsterdam. Badriah’s work can be found in a host of private collections worldwide.
As Badriah was motivated to further her career as an artist, she went on to learn an ancient Japanese stone splitting technique in order to pursue her passion for art. This opened up a new way of working and lead her to experiment with various types of new materials and techniques. Badriah Hamelink currently lives and works in The Hague, and has her studio at cultural hub Maakhaven. She spends regular working periods in Pietrasanta, Italy and in 2020 se became a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (UK).
Read an in-dept interview with Badriah Hamelink here