Carla Raadsveld · Dikke Dame · Dutch Artist · fat art · Uncategorized

Fat Art – Carla Raadsveld



Carla Raadsveld was born in Rotterdam, where she studied art, receiving scholarships in both Italy and South Africa for further studies.  She now lives in Ireland.

Her art is distinctive and recognizable.  Many of her paintings feature large women with cats.  Two things which I approve of heartily.

A gallery described my recent  work as ” contentment with a smile.” I like that, it sounds a lot better than “big women with crazy cats.”

The act of painting is very important to me, as is the composition. The painting has a life of its own. I don’t use sketches, just a vague idea of what the result might look like. That idea can change totally during the painting. It’s never a dull moment.

Cats are very present in my work, birds as well. My companion cats think that my every painting is great, that helps a lot of course.

While the women in her paintings are large and rounded, for the most part I would say they are more average sized than fat.  However, from time to time, fat women are depicted.

She prepares her canvases by painting them black, and then painting over that.  Time consuming, but I think it may be what gives her paintings a distinctive glow and warmth.

Fat Art – Carla Raadsveld

Ada Breedveld · Dikke Dame · fat art · Uncategorized



Ada Breedveld’s art always brings a smile to my face.  Featuring lovely, happy, and content fat ladies.


Ada has developed her own typical style and theme, “the imposing presence of fat and tender women” which are appreciated among collectors. The prominent figure in Ada’s work is large, imposing, fat women with love for the finer things in life.

These ladies seem to revel in whatever they are doing, and have a comforting “mother earth” type of sexuality – whether the depiction is cis or lesbian.  Her ladies are often depicted as flying/soaring; and they are often shown barefooted.

And I especially love the big fat strong arms – something I have found is missing in many images of fat people – just made for embracing all that life gives.

I just love these images of joy, of fat women who are pleased with themselves, and who are never “weighed” down by their size.

They are strong, happy, and able.

Here are a few images, and you will find many more at my Pinterest Board