Dutch-born artist Paulien Lethen-Schuttevaer (Utrecht, 1942) graduated from the Academy of Arts (Monumental Art), Arnhem, The Netherlands. She lived on the Greek island of Paros from the late 60’s till 1982, and also lived for a year and several other longer periods in Kyoto, Japan.
In 1982, Lethen moved to New York. In 1987, she settled in Williamsburg, an artists’ neighborhood in Brooklyn, also known as “the new SoHo”.
In 1997, she founded Holland Tunnel Art Projects-now the Holland Tunnel Gallery-where she organized monthly exhibitions for 10 years. The gallery has gained recognition as a microcosm of local and international talent. Holland Tunnel Gallery / New York now presents long term group shows, currently “Framed”.
Since 2000, Holland Tunnel Gallery has an extended exhibition in Paros, Greece, featuring international art, jazz and poetry every summer.
Paulien Lethen is a US resident but kept her Dutch nationality. Her paintings reflect influences of the different worlds she lived and has lived in: Greece, New York, Japan and The Netherlands. Her works have exhibited internationally in The Netherlands, Greece, Japan and the USA.