CV Pieter Zaadstra

Pieter Zaadstra – Curriculum Vitae

Pieter Zaadstra was born on 15th of January 1955 at Skraerd, Frisia, Netherlands. He began his journey in art as a young boy sketching in various studios that adhered to the School of Den Hague impressionism style using the cross-hatching oil painting techniques. A feature was a limited grey palette and blending styles to create moody atmospheric artworks for which Pieter is now sought after.

At 10 years of age he won the inaugural ‘Gysbert Japix Tekenwedstryd’ art award.

Pieter’s art education continued after migration to Australia and he gained recognition with many commissions. His portrait commissions for a public space included that of former SA Governor, eminent scientist and Nobel Laureate, Sir Mark Oliphant as well as many prominent business identities for boardrooms, and also heirloom artworks.

Pieter’s main interest is capturing the skies over the wild places.

Two books featuring his artworks were published, “The Flight of the Black Cockatoo (1987)” and “Our Australian Kelpie (1991)” which was launched by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

Pieter’s interest in the publishing industry is as artist and author.

In 2004 Pieter accepted a commission to paint/author the Central Tasmanian Highlands for a book about the fly-fishing lifestyle, and his wife Tanya and Pieter made Tasmania their home, opening a new studio/gallery at Gravelly Beach in the Tamar Valley.

In 2007 Pieter published his first Tasmanian book “The Artist & the Fly Fisher” to excellent reviews as far away as England.

This was followed in 2009 by a book featuring his ‘home’ town Mount Gambier and the book of art called ‘Tamar Valley – an artist’s journal’ was published in 2010.

He is currently working on several books about iconic Tasmania and a companion volume to “The Artist & the Fly Fisher.” These ‘works in progress’ projects have spun into the ‘Tales of the Atelier’ – a comprehensive portfolio of art and stories.

Pieter’s paintings are found in both corporate and private collections.



1970           SE Land Annual Junior Art Awards winner early 1970’s

1970           SE Land Annual Senior Art Awards winner later in the 1970’s

1978           Guest Artist Toronto Apex Club exhibition
1979           Feature artist Millicent Rotary Club exhibition

1980           Henry Post Annual Art Awards winner

1980           Millicent Rotary Club Annual Art Prize winner

1983           Mixed exhibition The Barn at McLaren Vale, Adelaide

1984           City of Hamilton Acquisitive Art Prize winner

1984           Guest Artist Hamilton Rotary exhibition

1985           Exhibition at Masonic Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

1985           Featured in ‘Simply Living’ Magazine

1989           Official Guest Artist Royal Adelaide Show, 1989

1990           Riddoch Art Gallery acquisitions

1990           Represented in corporate collections
(NAB, Coca Cola, Kimberly Clark,  CSR/Softwoods, Matthews Hotel Group, MacDonnell Timber Group, DeBruin Group, and others)

1991           Dunlite International Calendar – “Drover’s Dream”

1991           Featured on The 7.30 Report ABC Television 1991

1992           City of Mulgrave/Cairns Art Prize winner

1996           Published in Victorian Tourism Magazine

1996           High Commendation Certificate – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

1996           Penola Festival’s John Shaw Nielson Acquisitive Art Prize winner 1996.

1997           City of Mount Gambier several acquired artworks

1997           City of Millicent Council art collection acquisitions

1998           Published in Art Australia Magazine

1997           President of the Mount Gambier Tourism Operators 1997-99.

1997           President of the South East Art Society and manager of Studio One during 1997.

2001           Zaadstra Gallery feature on ABC National TV – Radio Pictures – 2001

2004           2004 Robert Riddoch Rymill Art Award, Penola, SA

2004           Guest Artist Onkaparinga Council/Wattle Range Council September 2004

2006           Finalist – John Glover Award – 2006

2006           Cover feature  – American Stock Dogs magazine – 2006

2007           “The Artist & the Fly Fisher” Tasmanian PICA Award for Prestige Publications.

2007           “The Artist & the Fly Fisher” – Tasmanian governmental official gifts

2007           Launched “The Artist & the Fly Fisher” – Petrarchs Book Shop Launceston

2008           Winner – Victorian Fly Fishers Association Inaugural Art Prize – 2008
2009           Lifestyle feature in Fly Life Magazine

2009           Featured in 40 Degrees South Magazine

2010           Unveiled the 6 metres triptych art work about the Tamar River in the Riverside Council Chambers.

2010            Featured reviews Adelaide Advertiser, Hobart’s Mercury and RACT travel magazine

2012           2012 Quest Artist at the Casterton Kelpie Muster in Victoria.

2012           Participant in the Such is Life exhibition at the Ritchie’s Mill, Launceston .

2013           Cover feature ‘Holland’ magazine

2013           Elected president of the Tamar Valley Art Trail Inc.
2014           Feature on R.M.Williams Outdoors magazine

2014           Tamar Valley Art Trail Exhibition Ritchies Mill

2015           Opening White Church Art Gallery

2015           Storyteller of the Year Award – Champion of Tourism – Tasmania

2016  Animals and Wildlife forum tutor.


Solo Exhibitions

1976           Solo Exhibition at Portland, Victoria

1983           Solo exhibition at The Barn McLaren Vale

1991           “Our Australian Kelpie Exhibition” – Hilton Hotel, Adelaide

1992           Local Images Exhibition at Penola 1992

2004           2004 “Beyond Charcoal” Solo Exhibition, Studio One Gallery, Mt Gambier

2004           2004 “New Works” Exhibition, Local Images Gallery, Penola, SA

2007           Solo Exhibition – 1842 Gallery – Launceston – 2007

2008           Solo Exhibition – The Salamanca Collection – Hobart – 2008

2011           2011 Solo exhibition at Ritchie’s Mill in Launceston.

2012           2012 Wild Exhibition at Local Images, Penola.

2012           Country Club Exhibition, Launceston.

2013           Country Club Exhibition, Launceston

2014           Country Club Exhibition, Launceston



1987            ‘The Flight of the Black Cockatoo’

1991           ‘Our Australian Kelpie’ Malcolm Fraser Launch

2009           “Mount Gambier – an Essay in Art”

2010           ‘Tamar Valley – an artist’s journal’ – an alliance with the West Tamar Council.

2011           “Australian Kelpie Art”

2015           Tales of the Atelier Volume 1

2016           Tales of the Atelier Volume 2

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