Jeanne Oosting Prijzen – Natasja Kensmil and Sands Murray-Wassink

Jeanne Oosting Prizes 2023

Natasja Kensmil | Sands Murray-Wassink


Please join us for the presentation of the Jeanne Oosting Prizes!


This year, the Jeanne Oosting Prizes will be awarded to visual artists Natasja Kensmil and Sands Murray-Wassink. The jury, consisting of fellow artists Jan van de Pavert (chairman), Rezi van Lankveld and Esther Tielemans, chose Kensmil and Murray-Wassink based on their uniqueness, eloquence and consistent quality within their oeuvre.


The jury is impressed by the position both artists occupy with their work nationally and internationally. The prize is an incentive for artists who involve figuration in their work. The winners each receive a cash prize of € 7,500 and a bronze medal.

The work of both laureates can be seen on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2023.


The official award ceremony and presentation of the jury report will take place on Sunday 17 September August at 3pm.

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About the artist

Natasja Kensmil

Natasja Kensmil was born 1973 in Amsterdam, she lives and works in Amsterdam. Kensmil was educated at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Kensmil previously won the Royal Prize for Free Painting, the Buningbrongers Prize, the Wolvecamp Prize and the Johannes Vermeer Prize 2021. Natasja Kensmil had solo exhibitions at amongst others the Amsterdam Museum, KAdE, Amersfoort, Gallagher Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She is represented by andriesse~eyck gallery in Amsterdam. Her work is included in numerous museum and private collections at home and abroad.


Sands Murray-Wassink

Painter, body artist, writer and perfume collector Sands Murray-Wassink (1974) grew up in Topeka, Kansas (USA) and moved to the Netherlands in 1994 for an exchange programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Earlier, he studied at Pratt Institute in New York, where Carolee Schneemann was his teacher; an artist with whom he would stay in touch until the end of her life. After a residency at De Ateliers, he continued to live and work in Amsterdam. His work has been shown in numerous presentations at home and abroad. In 2023, he made the two-man exhibition pigeons and horses with Maxi Ehrenzeller at the Bella Art Space in Zurich, Switzerland and Horse Wave at Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France. His work is included in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among others. Murray Wassink is represented by gallery diez in Amsterdam.