2017 | Solo show at Gallery Untitled

till 12th of November my most recent Kalypso-series is on view at the new venue of Gallery Untitled.
Open every Friday & Saturday from 10.00 – 18.00 (and on appointment via info@untitled2011.com).
Koningsveldestraat 14, 3037 VS ROTTERDAM

Kalypso #3 | 230 x 230 cm | Acrylic paint, papyrus and emulsion on canvas | Sasja Hagens

ESPO Award jury in Brussels

“The jury was impressed by the diversity and depth of the submission and we were encouraged by the extent of the cultural policy consciousness of so many ports. We believe the five shortlisted nominees illustrate these qualities”, said Pat Cox, Chairman of the ESPO award jury.

ESPO Award Jury puts the ports of Antwerp, Brest, Guadeloupe, Oslo and Venice in competition for the Award 2017


2017 | Working on a new series for a solo exhibition

I’m working on a new series for my solo exhibition in september in Gallery Untitled.
The series is called Kalypso; a fierce anthology of industrial and landscape elements.

In my paintings I’m giving my vision of our future landscape. How will our environment develop through influences of science and new technologies?

Our landscape is constantly changing. I think our perception about beauty in nature will change through knowledge. New technologies like vertical farming and augmented reality are growing into our lives. In which environments are we going to feel at home soon? Which landscapes will we appreciate in the near future? The title of the series refers to the Greek myth in which goddess Kalypso held the hero of Odysseus for years. It is said that this place not only was brilliant, but also unusual beautiful. This story is the reason to combine all my ideas and fantasies about our future landscape into a completely new reality. ”


Kalypso #1 | 170 x 170 cm | Acrylic paint, paper and emulsion on canvas | Sasja Hagens

2017 | visit Dublin

In February I visited Dublin with my assistant Lisa.
We had a meeting at the Dublin Port Company, looked for William Turner-landscapes on the Cliffwalk in Howth (with suprisingly beautiful weather).
In Hugh Lane Gallery we visited an opening of early 20th century harbour painter Eugeen van Mieghem and saw the studio of one of my heroes Francis Bacon.





2016 | Engaging with European Sea Ports Organisation for 8 years!

We are very happy to announce that the European Sea Ports Organisation, based in Brussels, chooses to work with me for 8 years.

Exclusively for ESPO, I’m developing a new series of 8 paintings, reflecting the overall scope of the ESPO Award, i.e. how ports and cities are living and working together. The project is called ‘The Colours of ESPO, Reflections of Upcoming Harbourscapes’.


Bremenports wins ESPO Award 2016 | Palais d’Egmond in Brussels

espo-award-2016-bremenports-palais-d'egmond-sasja-hagens-02Explaining the work to Robert Howe (Managing Director of Bremenports) and Pat Cox (Chairman of the Award Jury).


ESPO Award 2016 | Bremenports | 60 x 60 cm | Paper, Acrylic paint, gold leaf on panel


2016 | Solo-exhibition in Gallery Untitled

From the 5th of September till the 30th of October my solo-exhibition Garden of Hesperides will be shown in Gallery
 in Rotterdam. Please be invited to have a look to my new work.

My new work is about the Garden of Hesperides, a beautiful place in the Greek mythology. Inspired by the School of Kano, a Japanese art movement in 15th century, I started to work with a subtle touch of gold leaf on wooden panels.

Gallery Untitled is open on appointment or on the following dates:
• Friday the 9th of September (from 16.00 – 19.00)
• Sunday the 25th of September during Gallery Untitled Presents (from 15.00 – 17.00), for more information and tickets check: http://www.untitled2011.com/presents/
• Friday the 30rd of September (from 16.00 – 19.00)
• Friday the 21st of October (from 16.00 – 19.00)
• Sunday the 23rd of October during Gallery Untitled Presents (from 15.00 – 17.00), for more information and tickets check: http://www.untitled2011.com/presents/





Photo by Lisa Diederik ©

2016 | Trip to Hong Kong

My assistent Lisa Diederik and me are back again from a short but interesting fieldtrip to Hong Kong. What a wonderful dynamic city! We brought six of my Garden of Hesperides-paintings to gallery Neuberg Artspace, had meetings with gallery-owner Michelle Lee and PR-expert Virginia Miu. Furthermore the Dutch Consul General invited us at his office. Of course we did also some research in the Hong Kong harbour and nature reserves (Tai Po & Sai Kung).

My paintings are exhibiting in the gallery now and will be present on the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong (from 13-15 May 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre).


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With Michelle Lee (owner of Neuberg Artspace) Virginia Miu (PR-expert) and my assistent Lisa Diederik.


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With Michelle Lee in the gallery.

Hong Kong - Lisa Diederik 468 Hong Kong - Lisa Diederik 461Garden of Hesperides-series in Neuberg Artspace.


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Doing some research in beautiful Tai Po.


Hong Kong - Lisa Diederik 803Discovering the Hong Kong harbour with Lisa.

AAF Hong Kong 2016

My work will be exhibited at Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong (in collaboration with Neuberg Arts, Hong Kong). New work (Garden of Hesperides series) will travel soon to the other side of the world. AAF will be held from 13-15 May 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Hesperides series, Reflections part 6 | 40 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inc

Open door day | November 7th

Our great studio’s at the Ackersdijkstraat will open its doors to the public at Saturday November 7th.
I’ll be there to answer your questions!

12.00 – 18.00 pm
Ackersdijkstraat 20

Please be invited!