After an exciting race, the winner of the election Artist of the Year 2012 was chosen. New Artist of the Year 2012 is Ted Noten.
Ted Noten was trained as a jewelry designer at the Art Academies in Maastricht and Amsterdam. He gained fame with his jewelry and handbags with various embedded objects in acrylic blocks. Like a pinch of cocaine, precious rings, a dead mouse with a tiny pearl necklace and real guns. This transparent plastic is as indispensable as an invisible part of his high-profile designs. Regularly his work leads to commotion. He created a tiara for Prinsess Maxima as protection against rioters. Objects from Ted Notens hands get a totally different and new function or meaning. Ted Noten regularly gains international success with his work. The Virtual Shoe Museum shows his various shoe works.